Solar Panels (PV)
Solar Energy can generate your household energy for free and pay back the initial insulation costs through energy savings and selling surplus energy to the grid.
Solar panel electricity systems, also known as solar photovoltaics (PV), capture the sun's energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don't need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting.
Benefits of Solar Energy
- Cut your electricity bills: sunlight is free, so once you've paid for the initial installation your electricity costs will be reduced.
- Get paid for the electricity you generate: the government’s Feed-In Tariffs pay you for the electricity you generate, even if you use it.
- Sell electricity back to the grid: if your system is producing more electricity than you need, or when you can't use it, you can sell the surplus back to the grid.
- Cut your carbon footprint: solar electricity is green, renewable energy and doesn't release any harmful carbon dioxide] or other pollutants. A typical home solar PV system could save over a tonne of carbon dioxide per year – that's more than 30 tonnes over its lifetime.
Costs of Solar Panels (PV)
The cost of solar panels has reduced significantly over the last few years. Installation is also available under Greendeal where your initial costs are covered by the savings on your energy bills. the typical installation for an average family home is between £6000 and £9000. Surplus energy can be sold to the Grid providing household income.. or paying off the initial outlay.
At Firstcall our renewables team can walk you through your options to find the most viable approach. As the only Scottish company endorsed by the Energy Savings Trust to provide energy savings advice, we can look at the various installation and funding options.