Solar energy is one of the many forms of renewable energy. Solar energy comes to us from the Sun and we can collect it using Solar Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. This electricity generation is done using special cells called 'Photovoltaic cells' that are made from semi-conductor materials.
Income for 25 Years + - The government introduced the feed-in tariff system or 'FiT' to increase the percentage of power generated by renewable means in the UK. This FiT rate is fixed for 25 years from the date of solar panel installation and is currently at a record high of 43.3p per kWh for domestic solar panel systems fitted between now and 31st March 2012. Home solar panels installed from April 2012 onwards will be tied into an as yet unspecified lower FiT rate.
Reduced Energy Bills - One of the most obvious advantages to the installation of domestic solar panels is the savings on energy bills as a consequence of using power from home solar panels as opposed to electricity taken from the grid. Dependent upon the size of the solar panel installation, orientation of the roof and level of sunlight, a domestic solar panel system is capable of providing at least 50% of the electricity a household uses in a year.
Increased House Value Much like the fitting of a new bathroom or kitchen, home solar panels are a valuable addition to a home which can have a positive impact on its value. Provided the solar panels were bought outright by the homeowner and the relevant paperwork filled in – the prospective purchaser stands to benefit from the energy savings and additional income if they buy the house.
Carbon Footprint Reduction By opting for a domestic solar panel system you are lowering your reliance upon electricity produced from fossil fuels. As the electricity produced by solar panels results in the release of no emissions of any sort, getting power from a home Solar PV system dramatically reduces your carbon footprint.
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