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The benefits of solar electricity

Commercial solar electricity is coming onstream rapidly, and it’s also making waves on a bottom line basis. Businesses, not surprisingly in these days of ridiculously high overheads, are determined to make savings, and solar is turning out to be the solution to a lot of cost issues. The fact is that ordinary running costs and just having the office open for business can cost a lot of money.

Solar power isn’t just fashionable. It’s a long term, get-things-right approach to power needs. Modern solar panels like the advanced monocrystalline panels are long-life, high value panels that only lose 0.5% of their efficiency (power yield for a panel) per year. These panels can generate a lot of power, 185 watts per panel, which is multiplied by the number of panels to provide a known output of energy per day. Depending on your needs, a suite of solar panels can take a large percentile strain off your power usage.

Choose PV solar panels for your business

Creating electricity on-site using a Photovoltaic System will protect your business against rising energy costs and is one of the most reliable and cost effective ways to reduce C02 emissions on existing and new buildings.

Photovoltaic Systems require minimal maintenance because they have no moving parts and make you money from un-used office space.

All our commercial installers are MCS accredited and can guide you through the feed in tariffs, from application to installation.

We work alongside Energy or Facilities Managers, Sustainability Consultants and Specifiers providing planning guidance, technical design, installation and project support to meet planning or corporate social responsibility targets.

How do photovoltaic cells work?

Solar energy begins with the sun. Solar panels, also known as photovoltaics, are used to convert light from the sun, which is composed of particles of energy called "photons", into electricity that can be used to power electrical loads. Light from the sun is a renewable energy resource which provides clean energy, produced by solar panels.

PV modules are solar panels that you can attach to your roof or walls. Each module is made from one or two layers of semiconducting material, usually silicon. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric field across the layers. The stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced.

Solar modules come in a variety of shapes and colours, from grey "solar tiles" that look like roof tiles to panels and transparent cells that you can use on conservatories and glass.

The strength of a PV cell is measured in kilowatt peak (kWp). That’s the amount of energy the module generates in full sunlight.

Will the solar PV panels work if it is cloudy or raining

It is a common misconception that solar panels only work in direct sunlight. PV cells don't need direct sunlight to work - you can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day.

The amount of electricity production with solar PV depends upon the amount of radiation of light. Optimum conditions would be full sun, but electricity will still be generated on a cloudy day but at a lesser rate.

Is solar electricity suitable for my business?

To tell if solar electricity is right for you, there are a few key questions to consider:

  • Do you have a sunny place to put it? You’ll need a roof or wall that faces within 90 degrees of south, and isn’t overshadowed by trees or buildings. If the surface is in shadow for parts of the day, your system will generate less energy.
  • Is your roof strong enough? Solar panels are not light and the roof must be strong enough to take their weight, especially if the panel is placed on top of existing tiles. If in doubt, ask a construction expert or an installer.
  • Do you need planning permission? In England, Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland, you don’t need planning permission for most home solar electricity systems, as long as they’re below a certain size – but you should check with your local planning officer, especially if your home is a listed building, or is in a conservation area or World Heritage Site.

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