Why Choose Solar PV for your home?
The solar panel is the simplest and most cost effective way of installing a renewable energy source. Power on Demand supply and install the latest PV systems, which can either be roof or ground mounted. Solar Photovoltaic Panels convert energy from the sun into electricity which can be used within the home and any excess can be exported to the national grid and paid for by your electricity supplier.
There are many advantages to installing a solar PV system on your home, including:
- Future proof against rising energy costs
- Receive income from the Feed-in Tariff
- Generate your own free, clean energy
- Reduce carbon emissions
Key benefits of solar panels for your home:
- 25 year Solar PV performance output warranty
20 year Limited Warranty on microinverters
- Earn an income and save money on bills
- Qualify for Feed in Tariffs
- Up to 3 x return on your investment
Where can I install Solar Photovoltaic Panels?
The angle and direction of installation is also of great importance as it will affect the efficiency of the solar collector. Naturally you want the collector to receive the maximum amount of sunlight each day and throughout the year. As a general rule if you are in the Northern Hemisphere then the collector should ideally face South.
Although PV systems work better in direct sunlight, they are not reliant on it. They only need daylight to produce electricity.
What is solar energy?
PV solar panels produce your electricity using something called the photoelectric effect. The photoelectric effect was first noted back in 1839 by a French physicist named Edmund Bequerel. He discovered that certain materials would produce a small electric current when you exposed them to light. This is the principle used by PV solar panels. The first practical applications of PV solar panels were on spacecraft in the 1960s. As time went on, the technology improved and the panels became smaller and cheaper. Today solar panels are affordable and efficient enough for domestic use.
What is a solar cell?
Solar cells are small devices which can convert sunlight into electricity. One cell on its own will only provide a very small amount of power. Several cells connected together and fixed in a frame make a solar panel (or a module), which can produce a larger, useful amount of power. When several panels are connected together you have a solar array.
The electricity generated by PV solar cells is DC (direct current). The electricity used in your house is AC (alternating current). So the current from the solar panel system has to go through an inverter, to convert it from DC to AC before it can be pumped into your house and used to run appliances. To find out more about solar and have your questions answered, please visit our Solar PV FAQs page, or give our team a call.