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 PVFor 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
Benefits for your Home or Business
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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.
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