Solar electricity is electricity that’s generated through the use of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology. Solar PV panels are used to capture the sun’s free and clean renewable energy, turning it into electricity.

Solar PV systems feature an array of cells which contain a solar PV material that can convert radiation from the sun into direct current (DC) electricity. The electricity that is generated can be used to provide power for lighting and electrical equipment around the home.

Well, for starters it’s a renewable source of energy, so unlike coal it won’t run out. Plus solar energy is environmentally friendly because it doesn’t generate green house gases. Renewable energy technologies will help you reduce your carbon footprint, meaning you’ll personally be doing your bit for the environment.

The cost of a solar panel system will vary depending on several factors, such as how many panels are needed, so it’s tough to give an exact price but on the whole, solar panels are around 70% cheaper than they were in 2010.

Most homes will need 12-16 panels to meet their energy needs. With an average home of 3 people needing a 3kWh system of 12 solar panels, with a total cost of £5,000 – £6,000. Typically, the cost of a solar system will range from around £2,000 for smaller homes up to £9,000 for larger homes.

In addition to the price of the solar panels, you’ll need to consider the installation too. The price of the installation will vary from installer to installer, so it’s a good idea to compare multiple quotes, which will give you the greatest chance of getting the best possible deal.

By taking a few minutes to complete our online form, we will match your needs with installers in your area who will each be in touch to provide a free quote. You’ll get up to 3 free no-obligation quotes, which you can then compare to find the best installer for your solar PV installation.

Well, there’s the reductions you are going to make on your fuel bills for starters, because generating your own electricity will help reduced those costs considerably.

  • Reduced electricity bills: a 2.8 kWp system should be able to generate around 35% of an average household's annual electricity needs.
  • Lower carbon emissions: solar panels don’t produce any carbon emissions, which will help to greatly reduce the impact your home has on the environment.
  • No running costs: once installed, you won’t have to worry about any operating costs as they create free renewable energy for your home.
  • Low maintenance: other than making sure the panels are getting enough light (make sure they’re not being obstructed) there’s not a lot else to worry about.
  • Charge an electric car for free: reduce your fuelling costs if you have an electric vehicle.

Absolutely! It is actually radiation from the sun, not temperature, heat or direct sunlight, that enables solar photovoltaic panels to generate electricity.

Solar panels in hotter countries with plenty of sunshine are bound to collect more energy, they don't need constant direct sunlight to work and can still generate electricity when the weather is cloudy.

Once your solar panels have been installed, the installer should leave you with details of the maintenance checks that you’ll need to do from time to time but, on the whole, solar panel maintenance is fairly minimal.