Solar power is one of the most promising sources of energy for the 21st century and has truly come of age.
In the UK we receive vast amounts of solar energy – the average amount of energy received annually from the sun in the UK being as much as 60% of that received on the Equator. This radiation is similar to the output of 1,000 power stations.
Why Install a Solar PV System?
Installing a solar PV system on your building will provide four main benefits:
- generate an income from the Feed-In-Tariff
- reduce electricity bills
- reduce CO2 emissions
- generate an income from the Export Tariff
Installing a solar PV system can generate an income by utilising the Feed-In-Tariff. The Feed-In-Tariff was introduced to the United Kingdom in April 2010 and is a Government backed mechanism for encouraging the uptake of small scale electricity generation from renewable sources. The Feed-in-Tariff payments are index linked and guaranteed for 20 years. The output from a solar PV system is measured using an approved electricity meter known as a generation meter, which is fitted at the time of installation. Every unit of power (kWh) generated by the solar PV system is recorded on the generation meter and each one of these units is eligible for a Feed-In-Tariff payment.
The power generated by the system is available for use on-site in preference to that supplied from the National Grid. By using this clean, free electricity you will consume less power from the grid and consequently reduce your electricity bill. Since the system works in synchronisation with the grid, if the system is not producing sufficient power to meet the demand (such as at night), the extra is supplied from the Grid in the conventional manner.
Installing a solar PV system on your property and generating your own clean electricity means you can offset a significant amount of Carbon Dioxide. The emission factor used by Government is 0.43kg of Carbon dioxide per kWh of solar generation. A typical 50kWp sized solar PV system will therefore save almost 25 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide every year which helps to reduce the effects of climate change.
In addition to the Feed-in Tariff, in times of high-output, surplus power generated by the system is sold back to the grid. There is a minimum rate paid for this exported power and for larger commercial systems power purchase agreements can be negotiated with utility providers. In these instances we will help negotiate preferential rates on behalf of our clients.
For systems less than 30.00kWp the export is not metered and is instead deemed to be 50% of the total power generated.
How much will it cost?
We provide turnkey solutions for all our clients, as such; each and every installation is evaluated on its merits. This allows us to specify the best equipment at a competitive price.
If you are looking for a budget estimate we can complete a desktop survey and provide you with a remote quotation. This is done using Google imagery and using our extensive experience to make assumptions.
If you decide to proceed with installation or would like a more detailed quotation initially we can complete an on-site technical survey. This is a comprehensive assessment of the site by a solar PV engineer, the result of which is a fixed quotation based on your personal requirements.