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Solar PV panels are a great way to generate your own renewable energy. As well as saving money on your electricity bills and reducing your carbon footprint, solar PV provides a good long term return on investment. Whether you’re interested in solar PV for your home, business or community, all you need is some un-shaded roof space with a southerly aspect.

Domestic Solar PV

For domestic users, solar energy is one of the fastest growing renewable technologies in the world and there are now close to a million solar PV systems on houses around the country. A typical domestic system will likely include 10-14 solar panels that connect directly to your home’s electricity system, so the power they produce can be used for day to day activities such as washing, cleaning, cooking and entertainment. If there is a surplus, this can be sent to the national grid, helping to power other homes as well. Many solar systems are now also installed with a battery. This means that surplus power can be stored and used later. Solar panels can be installed on a flat or sloping roof. Many systems are installed facing south, although recent improvements in technology mean that solar systems now generate significant power when installed facing in any direction. Residential solar PV systems in the UK must be accredited by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). MCS creates and maintains standards for the certification of products and installations used to produce electricity and heat from renewable sources, including solar power. Caplor Energy are an MCS-accreditedcompany, ensuring you receive a high-quality home solar PV system.

Commercial Solar PV

For businesses, a commercial scale renewable system is one of the most recognisable ways to enhance your company’s green credentials as well as reducing your electricity bills. As with solar on homes, the business can then use the power produced onsite in its operations. Because energy can be one of the biggest expenses for an organisation, solar can be a great way to keep costs down.

There is already around two gigawatts of commercial and industrial rooftop solar system capacity installed in the UK, with many more companies considering solar projects in order to bring their energy costs down and reduce their carbon footprint. The size of a commercial rooftop solar system can range from 20 kilowatts – which could be suitable for a small business – to several megawatts. A system of this size may include thousands of panels, and can help produce enough power for businesses which need a lot of electricity. This could be, for example, a warehouse used to keep fresh produce cool.

Illustration of a domestic Solar PV installation

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Benefits for your Home or Business

Caplor Energy are responsive to your needs and time scales. Priding ourselves on providing quality products at competitive prices. We’re fully MCS Certified and a member of the RECC assurance scheme, as well as winning multiple environmental awards across the business. Our experienced designers and installation engineers work to provide a professional service that fits around your needs. Our service covers all aspects of the Solar PV system design, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance. We’re always happy to take the time to talk through your options with you so please get in touch with us to find out more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Planning permission is not normally needed if you are planning a roof mounted system up to 1MW in size unless your property is a listed building, located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a conservation zone or a national park. Further information surrounding planning permission requirements for solar installations can be found on the Planning Portal.

The intensity of the midday sun in Britain is about 60% of its value at the equator. Even in the winter, solar hot water systems will contribute to your hot water requirements, thus saving you money off your bills, and the boiler will ‘top up’ the rest. This is similar with solar PV systems; although PV cells have a higher output in direct sunlight, they also work on cloudy days.
Solar equipment generally comes with substantial warranties. For instance, many solar PV panels come with a guarantee of at least 80% efficiency after 25 years. Solar technology has been in use for decades and thus has been thoroughly tried and tested. Similarly, ground source heat pump systems have been widely used in North America and continental Europe for many years.
Solar systems are very reliable and low maintenance. Don’t take our word for it – the Energy Saving Trust states that they ‘require little maintenance’. You will need to ensure that nearby trees do not begin to overshadow the solar panels. PV systems have no mechanical moving parts so minimising potential faults. PV modules often carry a 25 year power output warranty; after this time the system would be expected to continue to function, but power output may be reduced. Heat pump systems are designed to operate for at least 20 years.
Any obstruction between the sun and a panel will cut down on its efficiency, so a very dirty panel would generate less power than a clean one. In agricultural areas we suggest having your panels cleaned every couple of years or so.
System size is dependent on a number of factors: (1) the amount of roof space available; (2) the amount of energy demanded; (3) the budget, but we’ll always be keen to suggest what seems to be the best size of system for your situation.

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