Solar panels are not new. The technology has been around for a long time. As many of us are well aware, burning fossil fuels to produce energy is not doing the natural environment much good and increasingly brings us into contact with politically unstable states. So now’s the time to perform your bit in your country and install solar panels to make electricity!
An electrical solar panel uses photovoltaic or PV cells to transform the Sun’s energy into electricity. The electricity can then power our lights and gadgets. A PV panel is made from crystalline silicon. Photons from the sun strike the silicon and electricity is generated using the photovoltaic effect.
I can really only identify 2 reasons for adding electric solar panels. This first one is economic and the other one is environmental. Many people install them for environmental reasons. But unless you’re Prince Charles or James Lovelock, the majority of us will want a sound economic reason to cause us in making the investment. Eventually, you may find that having solar panels fitted to your home might very well increase it’s value. The next owners will definitely be saving money on their electricity bills.
So, we come to some of the benefits you may enjoy if you choose to put in and use electric solar panels. You may lower your electric bills by around 40% even in UK.
Solar energy is environmentally friendly. It does not discharge any pollutants like carbon dioxide. Sleep better at night time, smug in the warm glow that your contribution to the planet has afforded you. Theoretically, it is possible to actually make some money from your panels by selling excess electricity back to the grid. The power companies are legally obliged to purchase this electricity at an inflated rate. Usually around 18p per KW. You can store extra energy in batteries and use them during rainy days or when needed.
Solar panels, correctly installed, will last for over 30 years. Obviously, you will find a couple of things to consider. The solar panels are relatively heavy. You’ll want to be sure that your roof is strong enough to carry their weight. It’s best to consult a construction specialist for correct structural assessment of your roof. You will need to ensure that you have a clear line of sight to the sun. i.e. no buildings, trees, or any structure will block the sunlight going to the panels. This is to capture the highest possible amount of sunlight to generate more electricity. Visit your local planning authority to check if you will require permission to install electric solar panels.
The cost of installing an electric solar system differs and depends largely on their size. A typical 2.2 KW solar panel system is priced at about £12,000. The cost of electric solar panel systems per KW range from £4,000 to £8,000. The costs per KW will decrease as the system size increases. Generally speaking, you should see a return on your investment in around 10 years. So, maybe now it’s the right time to think about installing some electric solar panels.
Fiddling with electricity could be a very dangerous occupation. When I need any electrical work doing myself I call in a qualified individual. I can usually get this person from a reputable company by using the search term electrician london. I make use of this term in particular because the majority of my properties that I own are situated in London.