Generate cheap green energy for your home with a solar panel installation.
Solar Panels (solar photovoltaics or Solar PV), use the sun's energy to generate green electricity.
Solar panels can be used to heat your water and power your home appliances.
Installing a solar panel electricity system can generates a profit as any unused solar energy is sold back to the grid via the Government's Solar Panel Feed In Tariff Scheme.
Installing Solar Panels enables you to generate cheap, green electricity from sunlight to power your home and appliances whilst making a substantial profit via the UK Government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme. Here’s our quick guide and information regarding the things you should know.
Solar Panels – Installation
Which type of Solar Panel installation should I choose?
To generate your own electricity and earnings via the Government’s Feed-in Tariff you should choose a Solar Panel PV (photovoltaic) system. This type of Solar Panel installation generates electricity for your own domestic use and surplus energy which is then sold back into the national grid. Also popular are Solar Thermal heating systems which are used to heat your hot water.
How does a Solar PV Panel System Work?
Solar PV panels capture the sun’s energy via photovoltaic cells and convert it into electricity which is then used to power your home appliances and lighting.
Is my house suitable for Solar Panel Installation?
To generate electricity via a Solar Panel installation your home should ideally face south, although properties which face South East or South West may still generate enough electricity to make an install viable. Your roof pitch should also be between 30 and 50 Degrees, be free of obstacles and not shaded.
Solar Panels – Cost & Savings
How much do Solar Panels cost?
An average Solar PV installation should cost between £5000 and £8000 (Energy Savings Trust). This will vary depending on the number of panels you have installed, whether the PV panels are fitted into your roof or mounted and which part of the UK your property is located in. Prices can also vary from installer to installer so its best to get a few quotes to compare prices.
Maintaining your Solar Panels
Solar Panels need very little maintenance. Due to roof pitch requirements and average rainfall levels in the UK your panels will normally be kept clean and free of debris naturally. It is important to ensure your panels don’t become shaded by tree overgrowth.
Your main Solar PV inverter will have alarm signals should there be any issues. Your installer should demonstrate these as part of the installation and cover any other maintenance requirements.
Choosing a Solar Panel installer
The cost of Solar Panel installation can vary from region to region and installer to installer. Installers should be MSC accredited and should produce verification upon request.
Generate cheap green energy for your home with the Government’s Solar Panel Feed-in Tariff Scheme & earn money by selling electricity from back to your energy provider.
If you choose to generate renewable low-carbon electricity for your home using PV Solar Panel technology you can take advantage of the Government’s Feed-in Tariff Scheme.
Solar Panel Feed-in Tariff
The FIT scheme provides a financial incentive to encourage you to generate your own cheap electricity via a Solar Panel system and make a profit. You can benefit from the Feed-in Tariffs in the following ways –
Generation Tariff – Your energy supplier will pay you a set rate for all of the electricity you generate over a period of 20 years.
Export Tariff – You will gain further earnings for every kWh of energy you export back to the national power grid.
Energy Bill Savings – You will make savings by generating your own electricity to power your home and appliances. You will not have to pay your energy provider for any electricity. The level of savings depends on the amount of electricity you use.
Feed-in Tariff Rates
Solar PV Feed-in Tariff rates are linked to inflation and are managed by OFGEM. The current Feed-in Tariff rates are listed in the table below.
Feed-in Tariff rates – legislation
Evidence of your property’s EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) is required when applying for the Feed-in Tariff. Any property for which you cannot provide evidence of an EPC rating of “A-D” will be accorded the lower tariff rate.
The current export tariff for Solar Panel electricity generation is 4.77p/kWh.
Tariffs are now paid over 20 years, with a review every three months.
Registering for the UK Government Feed-in Tariff
When your installer has installed your Solar PV electricity generation system there are a few things they will need to sort out to enable you to take advantage of the FIT.
Ask your Solar installer to register you with the MSC database. The installer will then send you an MSC compliance certificate. When you receive this certificate your installer can then help you register for Feed-in Tariff payments. To register you will need to send the following to your Feed-in Tariff supplier.
Completed Feed-in Tariff application form.
Energy Performance Certificate showing that your home has an energy performance rating of D or higher.
Feed-in Tariff Suppliers
Once you have registered for the Feed-in Tariff your supplier will confirm your eligibility and provide you with information regarding FIT payments, and how and when to record meter readings.
Recent changes in legislation mean that the solar panel Feed-in Tariff has been reinstated in Scotland and it is now again viable to make a profit by using solar panels to generate your own cheap “green” electricity.
Solar panels capture the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity which can be used to power your home & appliances. Any surplus electricity can then be sold back to the national grid at a profit via the Government Feed-in Tariff.
Is the Feed-in tariff available in Scotland?
The Government’s solar panel Feed-in tariff is part of a UK initiative to promote self-generation of renewable green energy and improve our Carbon footprint by reducing harmful Carbon Dioxide emissions. The Feed-in Tariff is available across the UK including Scotland.
How much can I earn?
Earnings vary by region. In Scotland, as in the rest of the UK , a number of factors have to be taken into consideration –