In recent years there has been an ever growing sway towards the use of Green Energy and a demand for the installation of Solar Panels. Whether it be renovating an older property, building your first home, setting up an energy efficient business, school, or even on agricultural premises there are solar pv's to suit your requirements. Below are 5 reasons why solar panels have become a popular renewable energy source for domestic, commercial and state bodies.
Solar Panels are specifically designed to absorb the Sun’s rays and convert it as a means of Green Energy supply for generating electric and heating for residential homes, commercial businesses and agricultural premises.
Setting up a home or a commercial premises for the very first time can be a daunting experience. There are many factors that you have to consider and many decisions that you will be making for the very first time. Setting a budget aside and implementing a secure and thorough plan on how best to execute it in achieving the goals and dreams you have set out for your new home from the ultimate interior finish to the source of energy you choose such as a green design and construction using energy efficient Altec-Solar panels or a more traditional choice of energy supply. All these decisions will have long term implications on both the environment and on your pocket.
A typical 4 kW (16 panel) Altec-Solar system will generate 3400 units of electricity per year. The average UK household consumes 3300 units per year. If your solar system is connected to the grid, then through the Feed-In-Tariff you will actually get paid for each unit of electricity it generates. This tariff is free from tax and is guaranteed for 15 years. The installation of Solar Panels will also help increase the value of your property. Solar Panels are guaranteed to last for upto 25 years making them an excellent investment. See more about the NIROC grants.
Once you have had your Solar Panels installed there is really very little maintenance required for their upkeep.
It is advisable however, to have them checked by a professional at least once a year to ensure that they are functioning as they should but other than that you can rely on Mother Nature herself in the form of rainfall which is plentiful across UK & Ireland to keep your roof based Solar Panels free from debris and dirt.
You may also wish to take into consideration that any trees which overshadow your roof area will need to be trimmed back as the shade they create will lead to a reduction in available energy output.
More than half a million buildings in the UK currently have Solar Panels. In 2014 the installation of solar energy almost doubled. For now there is financial supports available in helping to develop this technology and market.
As climate change has become such a polarized topic in recent years more focus is being placed by governments across Europe on the environmental impacts of our choice of energy consumption.
The UK have set out their own Green targets to be met by 2020. They are designing various schemes which will help to engage the interest of businesses, communities and people with clean energy sustainability. Feed-In-Tariffs and Renewable Heat Incentives are just some of the strategies being used to help implement these schemes. The Northern Ireland government has set up the NI Renewable Obligations Certificates (NIROC) in 2002 which offers incentives for electricity suppliers to generate electricity from renewable sources. Click here to find out more about the NIROC scheme.