Generate your own electricity and use it when you want
What are Solar panels
Solar Panels convert sunlight into electricity. By capturing and harnessing this abundant and free energy, you can save money on your energy bills.
Solar PV systems are simple and easy to install. Solar panels or modules are grouped together either on the roof or ground mounted, each panel is approximately 1 meter by 1.6 meters and systems can range from a few panels up to several thousands.
How do solar panels work
Light shining on the panels excites electrons that heat up and start to move and bump in to each other, creating a flow of electricity. The solar panels don’t need direct sunlight to work, they can work on a cloudy day. The sunnier the day, the more energy is produced – even in Manchester.
Solar PV panels that are grouped together are called solar arrays and can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Electricity generated by the panels is direct current (DC), whereas the electricity you use for household appliances is alternating current (AC). An inverter is installed along with the system to convert DC electricity to AC.
Why should I install Solar Panels
With energy prices rising by almost 35% over the last 12 months, capturing cheaper electricity from renewable sources or off peak supply and using it when needed is becoming more important.
- Environmental benefits
- Demand charge reduction
- Participation in demand response programs
- Maximising time of use tariffs
- Emergency back up – critical circuits
Cost is coming down and efficiencies are rising giving better Returns on Investment.