Solar technology enables organisations and individuals to take control of their own energy and heat production, reducing, and in some instances removing their dependency on the national grid and distancing themselves from the effects of increasing energy prices.
Solar Thermal systems harness the heat from the sun to heat water and this can be supplemented with an immersion heater or boiler when necessary, such as during winter months. They can also store hot water and use the heat that has been generated, during the day, for evening use.
Solar Photovoltaic are cells which convert the sun's solar energy into Direct Current (DC) Electricity. An inverter is then used to convert the Direct Current into Alternating Current (AC) so that the electricity is compatible with household appliances.
These technologies are dependent on light intensity, not on heat or direct sunlight which ensures that it continues to generate electricity, heating or hot water even on overcast days and in winter.
Solar Thermal is eligible for the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive, while Solar Photovoltaic is eligible for Feed in Tariffs, providing you with additional savings over the energy generation. It is also worth noting that purchases are taxed at the reduced rate of 5% VAT.
With no moving parts, Solar Photovoltaics and Solar Thermal provide some of the simplest and most reliable ways of reducing CO₂ emissions and future proofing housing developments and commercial schemes against rising fuel costs.
Research shows that improving and promoting your green credentials can, in itself, be great for business and in a study by the Carbon Trust it claimed that 65% of consumers considered it important to buy from environmentally responsible companies.
As a renewable technology, solar installations can contribute towards gaining planning permission and meeting the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Solar Panels are “no carbon” technology, which means they generate electricity, heat and hot water without producing any greenhouse gases and they do not cause pollution. Each kilowatt-peak (kWp) of electricity produced can save approximately 455 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions compared with electricity generated from fossil fuels.