Solar Electricity (PV)
We offer any size of Solar Electric installation from small to large.
As an MCS approved installer we only use products that qualify for the Governments Feed-In-Tariff.
Currently, under the Feed In Tariff system you can expect a return of around 10% on your investment depending on the orientation, slope, shading and size of the system.
Our experts will advise you of the suitability of a system for your property/project and will give you an estimate of what you can expect in savings and payments.
Turning Light into Solar Electricity
The process of converting light (photons) to electricity (voltage) is called the solar photovoltaic (PV) effect. Photovoltaic solar cells convert sunlight directly into electricity.
These solar power cells are commonly used to power everything from calculators, watches and battery chargers to road signs and security alarms.
PV solar energy cells are made of semi-conductor materials similar to those used in computer chips. When sunlight is absorbed by these materials, energy is released from their atoms allowing the electrons to flow through the material to produce electricity.
There are 4 main components in most solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.
- The first is the solar array which is a collection of power producing cells. This converts the sun's energy into DC electricity.
- The second is the roof mounting structure consisting of aluminium or stainless steel components that are used to mount the solar collector system onto the roof of the building. There are two major types; (1) roof integrated where the solar electricity panels replace the tile and become flush with the rest of the roof (2) on-top mounting where the solar electricity panels sit above existing roof tiles.
- A special solar energy inverter is then required to convert the DC (direct current) electricity into AC (alternating current) electricity, which can be used by most home appliances or sold back to the grid.
- The final part is a measuring device that connects your solar collector system through your fuse box to the National Grid. This meter measures and records how much electricity you have generated.
Storage of Energy
However if it is desired to use this electricity at some other time (like at night) then batteries can be installed to store the generated electricity for later use.
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