In a nutshell, if you install an electricity-generating technology from a renewable or low-carbon source such as solar PV or wind turbine, the UK Government's Feed-In Tariffs scheme (FITs) could mean that you get money from your energy supplier. These tariffs are currently used in many countries, including Germany, France, Spain, Australia and some part of United States with great success.
The Feed In Tariff Scheme is a scheme to encourage early take up of PV solar technology and just like other European countries like Germany’s pioneering scheme, early adopters of the scheme will get much better feed-in tariff rates than later up takers, eventually finishing altogether once demand has been achieved.
A PV system would generate approximately 750 kWh/year per kW installed so a 4kW system will produce around 3200 kWh (this estimation is based on South orientation and no shading)
Installing PV solar is a great way of 'future proofing' your home.
The average household consumption is 3000 kWh per year. Thus on average, our smallest 1kW system could supply nearly 25% of your electricity over the course of the year, depending on your consumption rates and it may be possible to do more, by carefully reducing your energy use.
Unfortunately the indicators are that prices will rise.
As a recent Financial Times article points out, the cost of energy, resources, materials and manufacturing is rising globally. It's likely that solar panels will never be cheaper than they are now as future panels and installations will consist of inputs (energy + materials) that cost far more than today.
The generated electricity, which will obviously vary according to the level of sunlight, means the excess energy produced will be directed out to the National Grid, and you will be credited accordingly.
In this way the deficit between generation and demand can simply be purchased from your electricity supplier as normal.
Photovoltaic (PV) panels can be configured in many different ways to fit. The innovative PV array technology and mounting systems means that PV can be retro fitted on existing roofs or easily incorporated into new builds.
No planning permission is needed, unless you live in a listed building or conservation area.
Photovoltaic systems have low maintenance requirements. However, periodic maintenance routines carried out by the system operator or the installation firm help to avoid faults and long downtimes, which, in turn, optimizes the yield. In order to carry out servicing and maintenance, it is necessary to have the operating instructions (especially for the inverter) and good system documentation that should contain recommended maintenance items. The inverter's fault display should be checked on a daily basis, if at all possible. In parallel, the operating results should be read off, noted down and checked once a month. Systems for automatic fault and operating data monitoring with a notification function make the system operator's task easier in this respect.
The system does take a lot of roof space, but pv solar can be installed within your garden area using 'A' frames, facing south, if roof space becomes an issue.
Solid Renewables have teamed up with a specialist provider for those customers that need financial support for their projects.
Renewable energy finance is an effective way of making the process more manageable for individuals, whilst for commercial customers it can help to secure your business's future whilst simultaneously reducing your company's environmental impact - improving your own finances for many years to come.
Solid Renewables can arrange renewable energy assets finance for:
Solid Renewables uses only fully trained and accredited staff at all stages of the process, to ensure that our customers have complete confidence and peace of mind in the quality of our service and installations.