This guest post is by Kris Headland of www.energygrants.co.uk.
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels are increasing in popularity and it’s not difficult to see why, as more and more homeowners and businesses look to take advantage of the environmental, energy-saving, and money-saving benefits on offer.
Most renewable energy sources are burnt to generate electricity, which cause carbon emissions known to harm the environment. Solar Panels, on the other hand, have no carbon footprint and will help to protect the environment, as they need only the light from the sun to generate electricity.
Solar Panels are made up of groups of mounted together PV cells that capture energy from the sun and convert it into green electricity. The generated energy can then be used for free in your property, contributing to your use of electricity and subsequently allowing you to reduce your energy bills.
Although the Photovoltaic Panels are more productive on longer sunnier days, they do not need direct sunlight to work and will continue to generate electricity, albeit to a lesser extent, even when it is cold and cloudy.
Environmentally-friendly Solar Panels will also allow you to make large-scale carbon dioxide (C02) savings each year. According to the Energy Saving Trust, each unit of electricity produced by Solar Panels equates to a C02 saving of 0.539kg.
To put this into context, based on a typical 2kWp Solar PV system this will produce 936kg of carbon savings per year. Over 25 years, this works out at a huge C02 saving of 23.4 tonnes.
In addition to the energy bill and carbon savings, you will also receive tax-free payments for each unit of electricity that your Solar Panels produce through the UK Government’s Feed-in Tariff.
A typical 2kWp Solar system will cost between £5,000 and £7,000, but through Feed-in Tariff payments you can recover this cost within 10 years and make a Return on Investment of around 10%.
Not only will you be paid for the energy that your Home Solar Panels generate, you can also use the generated energy to power your lighting and other household appliances – for example your dishwasher, tumble dryer and kettle – for free during daylight hours.
By generating your own green electricity with Solar PV Panels, you will be able to protect yourself from future energy prices while also helping to protect the environment.
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