Is solar power right for my home?
What is solar PV?
Photovoltaic (PV) cells harness the sun’s energy in solar panel electricity systems. We are familiar with seeing solar panels on the rooftops of homes and public buildings throughout the UK, making them one of the most well-known examples of renewable technology.
Through PV cells, sunlight is transformed into electricity that can run lighting and home appliances.
Read more about how solar panels work in our guide here.
How to make sure you’re maximising the performance of your solar panels system.
To ensure you’re maximising the performance of your solar PV system, there are a number of things to do.
Our solar partners will provide assistance in choosing the optimal location for the system to be installed. The optimum locations avoid shade and are tilted between 30 and 50 degrees from horizontal, facing anywhere between southeast and southwest.
Nearly as much electricity as the average household would consume may be produced annually with a well-located 3.5kWp system, which could produce over 3,000 kWh. However, because you might not utilise all of this electricity whilst it’s being generated the majority of families will export a significant amount of it.
When you use more of the electricity yourself, solar PV panels pay for themselves more quickly. Try not to use all of your appliances at once during the day to prevent using more electricity than your system is producing. If no one is home during the day, you can think about using appliance timers to assist you in doing this.
You can also think about purchasing a solar diverter (to heat up your hot water cylinder when the sun shines). Read more about solar diverters.
I'm thinking about getting an electric car
Another way to store and consume the electricity generated by your solar PV installation is through electric cars or EVs. An electric car is essentially a battery with wheels. Your solar PV system may be able to charge your car or van, saving you money on petrol, diesel, or other external charging costs, as well as perhaps lowering your road tax. To maximise the amount of electricity produced by your solar system, you would need to have your electric vehicle plugged in during the day.