The sale of solar panels is booming. Optomistic Brits are fitting solar panels in the hope of hot summers in the future say energy efficiency experts. The panels have been fitted to more than 6000 homes since April this year. The Government are to reward people who generate their own energy and the rules changed in April making the experts believe this is why there has been an increase in sales.
Property owners will receive up to £600 and £1000 for large houses if they install the panels. At present home owners receive 41.3p for every unit of energy they generate regardless of whether they use the energy or sell it back to the National grid. Once the panels are installed, the tariff is paid for 25 years and increases with the rate of inflation.
The Energy Saving Trust calculated that on average panels can generate £700 a year from the feed-in tariff, as well as saving homeowners around £100 a year on energy bills.
Generate cheap, green electricity from sunlight.
Solar electricity systems capture the sun's energy using photovoltaic (PV) cells. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting.
PV cells don't need direct sunlight to work - you can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day.
The benefits of solar electricity
Cut your carbon footprint: solar electricity is green, renewable energy and doesn't release any harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) or other pollutants. A typical home PV system could save around 1tonne of CO2 per year - that's around 25 tonnes over its lifetime.
Cut your electricity bills: sunlight is free, so once you've paid for the initial installation your electricity costs will be greatly reduced. A typical home PV system can produce around 40% of the electricity a household uses in a year.
Sell electricity back to the Grid: if your system is producing more electricity than you need, or when you can't use it, someone else can use it - and you could make a bit of money. Read more about feed-in tariffs and selling electricity.
Store electricity for a cloudy day: if your home isn't connected to the national grid you can store excess electricity in batteries to use when you need it.
Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire wonders is this the way to go?