Solar Panels Easy and Effective

Did you know solar panels do not need sunlight to generate energy, they just need daylight! So you are able to generate your own free energy even on cloudy days.

Benefit from the perfect  climate in the UK -  for solar panels, at least.

Solar panel technology has changed a vast amount over the last 10 years. Huge improvements in both the manufacturing process and regulatory changes mean they have never been simpler to install and easier to use, allowing you to benefit from the never-ending green renewable energy our planet has made available to us.

Whatever the weather  

Gone are the days where endless sunshine is needed to give you a reasonable amount of solar power. Advancements in solar power technology mean you can now benefit from solar energy on dull and overcast days, which we are in the UK are, unfortunately, often all too familiar with.

The good news is that for a solar panel to be effective, they only need daylight, not sunlight to generate power. The lack of the sun’s rays, and our often gloomy and grey climate, will not stop them pulling in power for you to use, which means you might want to give them another look. The UK often has many dull days where the sun does not shine, but this is no barrier to a modern solar panel system’s ability to create energy for your home.

Why the UK makes for the perfect place for panels  

Something else of surprise, is that actually, too much heat can reduce the effectiveness of solar power capture by up to 25%. Quite simply, too much heat and too many of the sun’s rays can actually cause panels to overheat. Less intense heat and sunlight from the climate we have in the UK can therefore be beneficial to your solar panels’ performance. And, the amount of energy produced is akin to some of our warmer neighbours. In some areas of the UK, we get the same amount of solar energy generated as the Mediterranean climates of France or Spain, and we certainly have ample daylight hours to power solar panels. With the UK climate seemingly ideal and evidence that solar panels are more suited to cooler temperatures, where there is a reduced risk of over-heating, it is perhaps no surprise an ever-growing number of homes are turning to the environmental option of solar panels to deliver on their energy requirements.

But what if it snows?  

Even a snowy day can be highly effective for a solar panels’ energy absorption. The phenomenon known as the ‘albedo effect’ causes the white colour of the snow to reflect the sunlight, a similar effect to that which causes the sunburn often experienced by skiers. This phenomenon has a positive effect on the energy absorbed by your solar panels. Snow would need clearing from the panels themselves, however, to ensure maximum efficiency, as keeping them uncovered is key to maintaining maximum performance. Roof-mounted systems are essentially otherwise self-cleaning, with rainfall doing its bit to help clean dust off the system, so needing very little intervention to remain active.

Solar Panels have an average lifespan of 25 years, giving us many years of use with low maintenance costs to recoup your installation costs. With the primary aim of making savings on your energy costs during their lifespan, as well as making a worthwhile contribution to the effects of climate change – both are great reasons to invest in solar power for your home. Solar panels play a significant role in the progress towards sustainability and the UK climate is fully suited to effective solar panel energy production. A simple clean once or twice a year are all they take to keep them working, and if this is something you are not able to do yourself there are companies specialising in solar panel cleaning all across the UK at reasonable rates.

While solar panels will not produce energy overnight and are less effective in dark winters, you also have the option to store surplus energy using an attached battery. Use stored energy during the night or switch to your energy provider and the main power grid to top up any shortfall – if it happens.

No planning permission required  

The vast majority of British homes do not require local authority planning permission to install roof panels to your home. With no hassle or red tape to work through, fitting solar panels to your roof simply requires a site survey and some information on your energy usage for us to assess the right system for you. You may require planning permission if your solar panel installation requires that they protrude more than 200mm from your roof. This is not a common requirement, so certainly should not deter you from making an enquiry with us.

Listed buildings, designated Conservation Areas or World Heritage sites are some of the exceptions to the no planning permission requirement. If you live in one of these areas or dwellings, you will need to contact your local authority before installation and obtain any necessary permissions before we can commence. The good news, though, is you could still have them fitted. However, planning permissions generally require that they must be fitted to a roof or area that isn’t visible from a road. It may also be necessary to contact your planning office if you live in an exceptionally tall property. Leaseholders may also need permission from their Landlord, Management Company or freeholder.

So not only do the majority of installations not require any local authority consent, they also do not need a bright sunny day to give you the benefits of solar powered energy.

With over 900,000 homes having already installed solar panels in the UK, and a whopping 93% satisfaction rate for solar panel systems, can you think of a better time for you to contact us for solar energy advice and a competitive installation quote for your property.

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