Our installers like to know where their enquiries come from.
Which Solar Panels are best for me?
Firstly you need to decide if you want to install solar thermal to provide hot water, or solar PV (PhotoVoltaic) to supply you with free electricity.
Reading through our faq's will help you decide which is best for you.
If you’re considering installing solar panels, it’s worth speaking to a few installers to see what’s currently on the market. You’ll need to weigh up factors including cost, efficiency and lifetime. All solar panels are expected to last a very long time (30years or longer) but the power output of PV solar panels decreases over time. With cheaper panels, this decrease may be quicker. Good quality PV solar panels come with a guarantee that they will still give at least 80% of their maximum output after 25 years.
Photovoltaic Solar Panels - Our Frequently Asked Questions.
When you are considering having solar panels installed, you will have many questions that could affect your final decision – does your roof need to face a certain way, and is it strong enough to carry solar panels? Do you need to apply for planning permission and does it mean your house will be covered with scaffolding while they are installed? How long do they take to install and will it affect your insurance?
Many people are concerned about maintenance of the solar panels and any associated costs, along with worries about the panels not working – does the solar panel industry provide guarantees?
The tariff scheme can be equally as confusing, so you need a good source of up to date information to help you make your decision about the installation of solar panels and whether it will pay you in financial terms, especially if you plan to move from your property in the future.
Our list of Frequently Asked Questions provides accurate, current information that can help with all these issues and more. We explain how solar panels work and help reassure you about whether the UK receives enough sunlight to make solar panels a viable option. We explain what is involved with the installation of solar panels and look at the types of disruption you might face. We examine the MCS (micro generation scheme) and the Feed In Tariff scheme (FIT) to which the government has committed for 25 years, before considering the typical cost and payback a householder might be able to expect from an average domestic solar panel system.
Our FAQ’s are reliable and up to date and will help you to make a decision about whether photovoltaic solar panels are right for you.
Thermal Solar Panels – Our Frequently Asked Questions.
Making a decision about having thermal solar panels installed will inevitably produce many questions. Many homeowners worry about whether their roof is right for these types of panels and are concerned that lengthy (and costly) permission from the planners or from building control will be required. Will the installation of the panels take a long time and cause disruption to yourselves or neighbours? How often and at what cost will the system need to be maintained or cleaned?
Others are unsure about whether thermal solar panels will benefit them at all – would they need to install a new plumbing system and can it link in with their current central heating or combination boiler? How much should an average solar thermal system cost and how much hot water will it produce? Most people want to know how long it will take before the panels have paid for themselves.
We can help answer all of these questions and more. We explain the differences between the types of panels and we help you weave your way through the maze of government tariffs and grants. We ensure that we provide you with the most up-to-date, accurate information so that you can make a fully informed decision about whether thermal solar panels are right for you.
Other websites you may find useful.
Energy Saving Trust - For Information you can trust. Make the Energy Saving Trust your first stop for independent and impartial advice about how to save energy and money.
Centre for Alternative Technology - CAT is an education and visitor centre which demonstrates practical solutions for sustainability. We cover all aspects of green living: environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing.
HETAS - We are the official body recognised by Government to approve biomass and solid fuel domestic heating appliances, fuels and services including the registration of competent installers and servicing businesses.
ClearWorld Energy - ClearWorld Energy has co-founded and seed-financed a portfolio of innovative businesses – each one leading the development of a new business model – and all working together co-operatively to transform the way the world produces and consumes energy.
Ocean Elders - In collaboration with pertners, OceanElders aims to achieve enduring impact at scale in ocean conservation and sustainability.
The Eco Warriors - is an innovative new publication for Key Stage 2 Primary children that provides facts and ideas on how to become Eco Warriors and how to reduce, reuse and recycle in a fun and informative way.
Please contact us with suggestions of other websites which you feel would be either useful or interesting to our users. Thankyou.
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