Homeowners are required to use a certified electrician installer
from a reputable energy provider or registered electrician supplier.
The two-sub class of payments are the generation tariff, this is the
amount of energy produced and consumed,
and costs vary between £6.38 and £13.88 per Kwh (kilowatt hour).
The export tariff relates to the surplus the homeowner sells, for
which the rate is £4.77 per unit in Kwh.
Since the scheme closed, the Feed in Tariff has been replaced by the
SEG (Smart Export Guarantee).
The scheme although different at its core, focuses on small-scale
low carbon electricity generators to receive payment
for any surplus energy sold back to the grid. One major difference
is this is not supported by any government grant;
instead it is incumbent upon energy suppliers with an excess of
150,000 customers to offer the SEG service,
those that have fewer customers, can opt in on a voluntary basis.
Homeowners with 5MW (Megawatts) of capacity are eligible for SEG and
they are also required to install a smart meter to more
accurately measure their KW exports. Homeowners should consider the
installation of solar thermal panels to heat their homes;
this is part of the (RHI) Renewable Heat Initiative, which was an
industrial initiative that was expanded to include domestic
properties in 2014.
It’s purpose is to enable change in households from traditional
renewable heat technologies, to those such as solar thermal panels
and biomass boilers,
these offer lower carbon emissions and form part of the strategy to
reduce the overall country’s carbon emission in line with the EU
Support for the solar programme
It is well documented that current methods of supplying energy are contributing to global climate change,
the initiatives to reduce carbon emission require change vehicles, technology enablers and incentives to make
homeowners switch. The RHI is a 7-year support programme with quarterly payments depending on the technology
being used and the latest related tariffs. One pre-requisite is the property must have a valid EPC (Energy Performance Certificate)
that must provide an assessment and demonstration of how it could be improved.
Alternative schemes and how they benefit the homeowner
Another popular scheme is the Free Solar Panel scheme, this enables those property owners who cannot
afford solar panels to rent out their roof footprint to solar panel companies, who would take responsibility for installation,
maintenance, and repair all for free, in compensation they would receive the (FIT) Feed in Tariff.
As well as this scheme there is the Solar Buyback Scheme. This is a scheme where a lump sum amount from the companies that
provide the energy is rebated to the homeowner for the surplus, instead, this is returned to the company leasing the solar panels.
The company gets to collect the FIT rebate, which the homeowner would. This should be weighed by assessing how the lump sum compares to the FIT,
and if this scheme works for the property owner. More information can be found at
which offer more information on the schemes available and how they operate.
How can homeowners evaluate the benefits
It is also for the homeowner to determine the advantages and disadvantages of renewable energy, as a guide,
advantages include, low maintenance costs, varied applications, progressive technology, reduced electric bills and a
renewable energy source. The disadvantages include weather, cloudy, overcast could all affect both the amount and the level of energy generation,
the cost for a significant roof footprint of solar panels and in-direct pollution.
Maintenance of solar panels - cleaning
In reference to Low maintenance costs this centre's mainly around keeping the panels clean,
this should be done a couple of times a year or if they are fouled for some reason.
Specialised tradespeople run cleaning companies for solar panels they can charge between £25 and £35 pounds
for the service and offer 20 to 25 year warranties.
Maintenance of solar panels - core units and cables
The inverter also know as a solar inverter or PV inverter is an electrical converter,
it takes the variable (DC) direct current output from a (PV) photovoltaic solar panel converting
it into alternating AC (alternating current) this process utility can supply a commercial electric grid,
or be used by local off-grid networks. The inverter needs to be replaced every 4 or 5 years due to
the working nature of the device, which results in wear and tear over time. Cables should also be replaced to
ensure sustained efficiency
Benefit, after the initial outlay, the running cost over the life of the panel,
is less costly for both maintenance and repair.
Solar has other applications also
Solar energy can also be used in solar thermal panels to heat water; it absorbs the heat
(via collectors) of the sun via a photo voltage process, takes the heat-transfer fluid (water)
to the hot water cylinder, this provides your property with free heated water. PV (photovoltaic)
can be used to generate electricity; this not only has domestic applications but has applications
where access to power is limited or not possible from the grid, such applications include to distil
water in regions with limited clean water supplies.
The big save with solar
With everyone looking to reduce their electric bills and big suppliers monopolizing market rates,
through cartel based activities and strategies. Using a solar system will see your electric bills reduced,
how much, this will largely depend on the size of your unit, and how you and your household use your
electricity. Saving on your energy bill is something everyone would like to do, the benefits of electricity
generated by solar power is it is possible to sell the surplus energy back to the grid creating another source of income
in the form of a reabate on surplus returned not consumed at source.
Technology developments in the solar power industry are advancing at quite a pace; one example is Sharp’s
introduction of transparent solar energy windows. There are also breakthroughs in quantum physics and nanotechnology
that when applied to solar technology and devices, increases their effectiveness and capability in power generation.
Solar initial costs
Solar panels can be expensive when initially purchased, the average price of a solar panel system occupying a
footprint of 8 meters squared with a system size of 1kW can cost between £1500 and £3000, the upside
is there is a £640 pound cumulative potential return (depending on usage and surplus returned) with
divisible increments being paid year by year for 20 years.
Challenges with solar installations
Solar panel technology is constantly evolving and improving, and with greater market adoption, and access this is
bringing the initial cost down for homeowners. Solar panels require a large footprint of occupancy on a roof, therefore,
it may not always be possible to reach your aspirations of an extended footprint beyond what is safe and workable for your property,
in instances like this a garden approach can be considered as long as there is sufficient access to sunlight.
Indirect pollution and solar
When we talk about pollution, we know that it is the indirect emission that come in the form of carbon emissions from logistics and transportation of panels, as well as the manufacturing
process associated with photovoltaic cell production.
Solar is dependent on the sun, so if there are a few days of consecutive rain and the weather is overcast,
there is a noticeable drop in power generation.
What do customers who use solar say
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in addition the service and quality of work from the tradespeople in the solar installation was outstanding,
I’m looking forward to a reduction in my heating and electric bills going forward.
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