Solar energy is the cheapest and most straightforward way to bring renewable energy into your property. It comes in two forms: solar thermal and solar photovoltaic (pv).
Solar pv works by converting light energy from the sun into electricity. This electricity can then either be used, stored or exported to the grid. Solar pv is particularly effective in buildings that use a lot of electricity during daylight hours such as schools, offices and factories. However, innovation in solar battery technology has made solar pv once again a viable domestic option, even with the recent cuts to the government's Feed-in-Tariff. It is particularly effective working alongside a heat pump to provide a complete renewable solution.
Solar pv is very flexible and can be installed onto almost any roof type or ground mounted. As an MCS-accredited installer, all of our installations are eligible for the government's Feed-in-Tariff, which actually pays you to generate electricity.
Have a look at our video to see a typical installation:
Solar thermal works by using heat energy from the sun to provide hot water. It is very effective method to offset domestic fuel bills. It is particularly effective working alongside a biomass boiler to provide a complete renewable solution. It also has a variety of commercial applications: swimming pools, campsites, factories, breweries-anywhere that requires a lot of hot water.
Have a look at these videos to see how solar energy works:
Solar energy can be effectively utilised on almost any property, be it domestic or commercial. If you are keen to go renewable but do not want to make drastic changes to your heating system then solar is definitely the way to go. It is very low maintenance, it will dramatically cut your fuel bills and can be utilised in a vast number of ways.
Solar energy is so varied and flexible that providing an accurate cost without detailed information is impossible. It really does depend on your exact circumstances. However, pay-back times (taking into account savings and Feed-in-Tariff/Renewable Heat Incentive payments) are consistently 8-9 years. This is equivalent to a 12% investment account.