PV Solar Panels


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PV Solar Panels

What is Solar Photovoltaics? (Solar PV)

The term ‘solar panel’ is often used interchangeably to describe the panels that generate electricity and those that generate hot water.

  • Solar panels that produce electricity are known as solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. These panels generate electricity when exposed to light. Solar PV is the rooftop solar you see on homes and businesses
  • Solar panels that produce hot water are known as solar thermal collectors or solar hot water collectors.

Solar PV panels produce their energy from daylight, rather than solar radiation, meaning energy is produced even on cloudy days. This technology is suitable for a variety of buildings, including homes, businesses, schools and hospitals. Solar PV do not have any moving parts and therefore is one of the easiest and reliable ways to future proof against the imminent rising energy costs that we all face. Not forgetting that you will drastically reduce your CO2 emissions and play a part in looking after the planet by adopting a sustainable energy source.

Installation of a domestic Solar PV system

A Solar PV system in your home would consist of a number of solar panels mounted to your rooftop or installed in your garden and connected into the electrical loads within your home. The solar panels work by generating DC electricity (direct current – like a battery) which is then converted in an inverter to AC electricity (alternating current – like in plug sockets in your home). If your panels produce excess electricity they can be stored in a battery or other storage solution like your hot water immersion tank. It can also be exported from your home into the electrical network on your street, to power other homes. Solar PV Panels are a great way to make the jump into renewable energy.

If you are wondering 'are solar panels worth it" here are a few benefits of Solar PV Panels:

  • Using natural and renewable resources to produce zero carbon energy
  • Reduces the dependency on large–scale commercial electricity providers
  • Reduces energy bills, minimising the impact of rising energy costs • High reliability, with a typical lifetime of over 30 years
  • Minimal maintenance (though the inverter may require replacement approximately every 10 years)
  • Save approximately 650kg of CO2 per year (for a typical 2kWp system) • Improves your homes green potential and energy efficiency

If you're thinking about how, you could make a difference to your carbon footprint and are considering domestic solar panels then we think Solar PV panels would be the perfect solution for you.

Swale Heating are fully Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited and where technologies are covered by MCS, all equipment and installers need to comply with the scheme in order to qualify for payments as per the Code for Sustainable Homes Technical Guide (Oct 2010).

Want to know how much solar panels cost? For more information on Solar PV Panels or to request a free, no obligation quote, call Swale Heating on free phone 0800 731 3344 or contact us.

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