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Solar panel electricity systems, also known as photovoltaics (PV), capture the sun's energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don't need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting.

Will I have enough space for solar PV panels?

As a general guide, unshaded south-facing roof areas of 10-20 square metres with a tilt of between 30-40 degrees, should deliver between 20% and 45% of the typical household’s electricity needs.  Anything that shades the area such as nearby buildings or trees could impact negatively on the performance of your system. 

Although a south-facing roof is ideal and will produce the ultimate amount of power, panels can also be fitted on east- and west-facing roofs. 

What are the benefits of solar electricity?

  • Supplied by nature - solar energy is free and abundant and can be made wherever there is sunlight. Once you've paid for the initial installation, your electricity costs will be reduced.

  • With the costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels reducing, they are becoming economically viable and environmentally sustainable. 

  • Sell electricity back to the grid through the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG). The SEG is an obligation set by the government for licensed electricity suppliers to offer a tariff and make payment to small-scale low-carbon generators for electricity exported to the National Grid, providing certain criteria are met.

  • PV panels provide clean green energy - cutting your carbon footprint. Solar electricity is green renewable energy and doesn't release any harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants. A typical home solar PV system could save around 1.5 to 2 tonnes of carbon per year.

  • PV panels are silent so ideal for urban or built-up areas. 

  • Protect yourself against future energy price rises. 

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Integrating a solar PV system with an onsite solar battery storage solution is a smart way to leverage additional financial and energy security benefits for your home or business. By storing and using all the self-generated electricity instead of exporting surplus energy back to the grid, you can realise even greater savings, in addition to further reducing your reliance on the National Grid.

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