Solar photovoltaic (PV) is quite simply a technology that allows you to generate free electricity for your home using the natural energy from the sun.
Solar energy is a form of renewable energy, just like wind and wave power. Only a tiny amount of this available energy is actually used, so by installing a solar PV system you are harnessing this power for your own use and benefit.
Solar PV systems generate power via solar panels which are installed on your property’s roof. These are a collection of specially developed solar cells to covert natural light into electricity.
A common misconception is that you need to live somewhere sunny in order to benefit from installing solar PV. This is not the case, as the panels work on light intensity – not heat or direct sunlight. Meaning that even on overcast days you’ll still be generating free electricity to power your home.
The great thing about solar PV, thanks to the Government backed ‘Feed In Tariff’ is that you’ll get paid for every unit of electricity you generate – plus a little bit extra for those units that you ‘feed in’ to the national grid.
As well as getting paid to generate electricity, you will also be saving on your current energy bills – the exact amount you save will depend upon the size of your system, how much electricity you use and when.
Your new solar PV system will work in seamless conjunction with your current energy provider. Meaning, that at night, when no natural daylight is available, your energy will be provided by your normal supplier, so that you do not receive a drop in power.