Solar panels, also known as Solar Photovoltaic (PV) cells can be used to capture energy from the sun. Indeed, you may have seen these solar PV cells installed here in Norwich: they’ve been springing up on an increasing number of local rooftops.
It’s a common misconception to believe that they only work on days when the skies are clear and the sun is shining. In fact, they can actually still gather energy, even on day’s when it seems to be cloudy. What this means is that a conversion can be carried out, from sunlight into electricity.
It’s that conversion that is of such importance in this situation, enabling homes and businesses to be powered.
Why might you be considering opting for a solar installation? For many people, there are two key reasons at play:
- The thought of doing more for the environment
- Financial calculations
Many of us are aware of the damage that can be done by looking to burn fossil fuels. Looking at the UK’s energy supply, we can see that a large proportion of energy comes from the burning of oil, gas and coal. Although there has been an increasing move to make use of wind turbines, for examples, such renewables still make up a relatively small (but growing) part of the energy supply mix in this country. That’s true in Norwich, just as it is elsewhere.
The idea of being able to generate your own energy, without that need to burn fossil fuels on an ongoing basis, is clearly appealing.
But what about the cost implications? For most property owners, the main cost associated with solar power is the initial supply and installation of the cells. That can certainly represent a fair sum, so why is it that so many people are choosing to go down this route?
In order to explore that concept further, it’s worth noting that Feed In Tariff’s mean that those making use of solar panels actually get paid for the energy that they generate. Importantly, this means that solar installations can actually start to earn money over time.
Although you will have to find enough money for that initial investment, the clear implication here is that the ongoing income will help to pay for the investment and should then start to generate a profit for your family or business.
If you generate a surplus of electricity, then you’ll even be able to sell it back to the grid. That means that solar energy could even start to power some appliances in neighbouring homes.
If you’d like to find out more about solar installations in Norwich and surrounding areas of Norfolk, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are Mr Renewables, the renewable energy experts.