Solar PV FAQs
Take a look below at some frequently asked questions relating to Solar PV. Find out how you can generate photovoltaic energy to power your home.
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Solar PV (Solar Photovoltaics) is the generation of electricity via energy from the sun. Light is converted into electricity using semiconducting materials that exhibit the PV effect. By installing Solar Panels on your property, you can generate clean, green energy for your home or business.
Solar Panels absorb sunlight through photovoltaic cells. This generates DC current (direct current). DC current cannot be used directly within your property, so a Solar Inverter converts the DC power into AC power, (alternating current). AC energy can flow through your property and be assigned to devices where needed. Any excess energy can be captured in a battery storage system or exported back to the grid.
By generating energy through Solar Panels, electricity is produced at a zero carbon level. This means energy produced does not contribute to the ever growing issues with climate change. The more energy you produce via PV panels, the less reliant you become on the grid. Less energy purchased from the grid ultimately leads to increased savings and lower electricity bills.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, as was the case for the governments feed-in tariff incentive for installing solar panels. The FIT scheme ended in April of 2019 and is no longer offered to households or businesses for installing PV. However, there are new incentives offered to customers in 2022 such as 0% VAT on Solar PV installations.
Yes you can. Electricity providers now offer an SEG tariff (smart export guarantee), allowing you to earn off of energy exported back to the grid. As of Summer 2022, providers such as Utility Warehouse and OctopusEnergy offer the most competitive SEG rates, in and around 5.5p to 7.5p per kWh.
Depending on the size of your property and the roof-space available, you can add more photovoltaic panels to an existing system. If you are a part of the FIT scheme, you are still eligible to add more panels to your property, through installing a new Solar Inverter. Ultimately, installing new panels depends on the space available at the property.