Solar energy systems capture and convert the sun’s energy to generate electricity or hot water for households or businesses. Solar panels work using UV (ultraviolet) light, so they can still generate on cloudy and overcast days, perfect for the UK!
Solar panels will cut your electricity & hot water bills with a direct supply. A domestic installation will often directly connect a couple of panels to the second coil in a twin coil domestic hot water cylinder. Typically, solar energy can provide 60% of a home’s domestic hot water requirements in one year. Rising to up to 100% during the summer months.
Solar electricity is completely renewable and cuts your carbon footprint with no harmful gases or pollutants being released. The Energy Saving Trust figures show Solar PV systems can save around 1.3 to 1.6 tonnes of carbon each year.
Solar photovoltaic panels – PV:
Solar PV panels are commonly installed and capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells, made from a semi-conducting material. Groups of cells are mounted into panels or tiles, which can be ground or roof-mounted to capture the sun’s rays.
The number of panels is scaled up to accommodate your energy requirements, subject to planning approval and grid capacity.
Solar thermal systems:
Commonly used for heating water and swimming pools, Solar thermal systems typically use unglazed flat plates, mirrors or lenses for solar energy collection.
Often mounted on a pitched roof, they can also be a flat roof and ground-mounted too. Solar thermal systems can be scaled up to suit the application, from small domestic properties to large commercial applications.