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Solar PV has significantly grown in popularity over the past decade thanks to the array of different schemes and incentives that are currently available. In short, solar panels generate renewable electricity from the sunlight, which can be used to power your home. Solar panels can help you to dramatically cut down on your energy bills, helping you to keep your monthly electricity costs low. Solar PV panels require little maintenance and should last for at least 25 years. Solar energy is the cleaner alternative to using fossil fuels and helps you to drastically reduce your carbon footprint.

Various schemes incentivise people to use solar energy by offering payment for any electricity that is generated or passed back into the national grid. The feed-in-tariff is one of the most recent schemes, which was first launched in April 2010.

There are a variety of different solar panels available depending on your specific requirements, including PV panels and thermal panels. Commercial solar panels are ideal for businesses looking for large installations and can be specifically designed to suit your needs.

We only recommend installers who are MCS accredited to ensure that the installation is carried out to the highest standard and to ensure that you qualify for the feed-in-tariff scheme. You can find out more about the costs involved with various solar panels by visiting our cost pages and price guides. If you have any further questions regarding solar power for your home then you can visit our FAQs page or Buyers Guides for further information.

 

Solar PV

PV solar panels produce renewable solar electricity for systems grid systems or stand alone systems. PV stands for photovoltaic, which is so named because it's the method used to generate the electricity.

These types of solar panel easily connect together which means that battery charging is easy, making them ideal for remote power applications. This particular form of solar panel works best when they are positioned towards the south at the most efficient tilt angle.

Installing PV solar panels causes little disruption to your home and they can be installed in different configurations depending on where they are being fitted. They are also highly flexible and can be altered to produce as much or as little power as is required.

PV solar panels can be fitted 'off grid' or 'on grid'. Off grip means that the solar installation is not fitted to the national power grid and therefore the power needs to be stored in large batteries, which can prove to be costly. You'll also find that you won't be able to benefit from the government's feed-in-tariffs if this system is used. The other option is to have the PV solar panels installed on-grid, which effectively means that the system is connected directly into the national power grid. This then means that you are able to export any excess electricity to the national grid, enabling you to benefit from the feed-in-tariff. This options means that you'll be able to quickly recoup money spent on your new solar panels.

If you're interested in installing PV solar panels onto your home then you can easily obtain three bespoke quotes from local companies by filling in the simple form below.

Thermal

In essence thermal solar panels heat up water for domestic use. They can help you to drastically cut down on your monthly energy bills which also helps to protect you against future price rises. It's been suggested that energy bills will rise significantly over the next ten years so now may be the ideal time to look for an alternative resource.

If you have thermal solar panels installed onto your home then you can make the most of unlimited hot water. These panels are able to heat around 70% of the average household's hot water. It has also been suggested that by having solar panels installed onto your home you could help to increase it's resale value should you decide to sell it on – solar panels are becoming an attractive prospect!

Thermal solar panels require very little maintenance and have a subtle appearance so they certainly won't look like an eye-saw on your home. They work all year round and you won't have to pay any on-going costs once the installation and setup has been completed.

They work by collecting heat from the sun through special 'collectors' that are placed on the roof of your home. This heat is then used to heat up the hot water that is located in the water cylinder. Thermal solar panels can vary in size depending on your specific needs and preferences.

If you're looking to purchase thermal solar panels for your home then you can fill in the form below to obtain three bespoke quotes. All of these quotes will come from companies local to you to help you make an informed decision.

MCS

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme is an internationally recognised accreditation that highlights quality solar installations. If offers solar installers a 'mark of competency' which helps to offer piece of mind to those looking for a credible company to install their solar panels. The MCS accreditation looks at a range of different aspects from the panel design to the installation itself and aims to ensure that solar panels are installed to a high standard every time.

This particular accreditation is also linked to a number of other benefits, including feed-in-tariffs and the renewable heat incentive.

We only use MCS accredited installers to ensure that your solar panels will be installed to the highest standard. It also aims to protect consumer and ensure that any energy that is fed back into the national grid adheres to the national guidelines. Most importantly, if your installation is not certified then you won't be able to sell any energy back to the grid, which means that you won't be able to recoup any money from the feed-in-tariff.

If you're looking to purchase solar panels for your home then you can enter your postcode in the form at the top of this page and then fill in your details to receive your personalised quote. You can rest assured that we will only provide quotes from MCS accredited installers.

Installation

PV solar panels can be fitted to a variety of different roofs. For example, if your home has a flat roof then they can be 'flush mounted' or if it has more of an angled roof then they can also be titled upwards.

Solar panels are secured to your roof using stainless steel 'lag bolts' that go through the rafters to ensure that they are firmly in place.We only provide quotes from companies who use MCS accredited installers. This offers consumers a number of different benefits. Installers who have this certificate are regularly checked to ensure that all installations are carried out to the highest standard and in-line with the latest guidelines. Using an MCS accredited installer will also ensure that you qualify for the feed-in-tariff scheme, which will help you to earn money through your new panels.

If you are actively seeking a quote for PV or solar panels then you can apply online for a bespoke quote today. We'll then supply you with quotes from up to three different companies that are local to you, to help you make an informed decision.

How they work

Solar panels are installed onto the roof of your home at an angle, which enables them to generate the highest amount of energy or heat from the sun. There are two different types of panels that are currently available, PV panels and thermal panels.

PV solar panels or photovoltaic panels generate electricity, whilst thermal panels heat water.

PV solar panels consist of lots of electrically connected cells. These cells are made from lots of semiconductors, which receive the energy that is absorbed from the sunlight. Once this energy has been absorbed the electrons are able to flow loosely – this creates the electric current. Metal contacts are typically placed at the top and bottom of the PV cell to capture the current for external use. This current is then used to power electrical objects within the home.

Thermal solar panels use heat from the sun to warm hot water for domestic use. Thermal solar panels are also fitted to the roof of your home and collect heat from the sun to heat up water, which is typically stored in a hot water cylinder. There are currently two different types of thermal panels available. Evacuated tubes are more commonly used, but you could also decide to use 'flat plate connecters' which are ideally fitted onto roof tiles. Solar thermal can help to drastically cut down your monthly heating bills.

If you're interested in having either Solar PV or Solar thermal installed onto your home then you can find out more information on each of these panels online today. You can also apply for three detailed quotes entering your postcode at the top of this page. We will then come back to you with prices from three local companies to help you make an informed decision.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Solar panels use sunlight to create electricity, which means that you can effectively save huge amounts on your energy bills each year. Solar panels are environmentally friendly and help to reduce your carbon footprint. Solar panels can also help you to earn money thanks to various government schemes that actually pay you for any excess electricity that you pass back into the national grid.
Most domestic solar panel installations do not require any planning permission providing they adhere to a range of guidelines relating to sizing. Solar panel installations are however subject to UK building regulations and you advised to speak with your installer about your specific requirements.
To qualify for the feed-in-tariff scheme your solar panels will have had to be installed by an MCS accredited installer.
An MCS Accreditation is a certificate that effectively helps to regulate the industry and ensure that all installations are carried out to the highest standard, meeting specific guidelines. Only solar panels that have been installed by an MCS accredited installer qualify for the FIT scheme.
Yes, there is ample sunlight in the UK to enable solar panels to work effectively. There are specific industries that have been using solar panels to create their energy for a number of years now which great success.
Solar panels vary in cost depending on the type of panel you choose and the size of the installation. You can read our price guides to gain a better understanding of the various costs involved.