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Solar PV panels will operate even if they are not orientated towards the south. We have found that panels at a lower angle will produce more power over the year. It has always been thought that panels must be south and south only. This is a myth. We have solar installed on our offices and showroom, and they are north-east and north-west. They are performing really well. Don’t get us wrong, we are not advocating putting all panels on a north roof, we did it because that was all we had, but it proves that solar works from light. A solar PV panel installation causes minimum disruption to the home or business and systems can be retrofitted. A typical silicon cell is quite small, approx. 100mm x 100mm square. Solar cells produce electricity at low voltage but when more power is required a number of cells can be connected together to create photovoltaic modules, or solar PV panels.
Solar PV panels that are connected together in series are often referred to as an ‘array’. A grouping of solar PV panels can be fitted in different configurations depending on the local conditions e.g. to follow the shape of a roof or to avoid a roof light. Solar advancements mean that using certain technology we can install panels in any location, and they work individually, so shading is no longer an issue. Solar PV panels usually have a backing sheet that is opaque, but the backing can be transparent, allowing some light through and creating a dappled effect.
Here at The Energy Guys we offer Solar PV systems in a number of standard sizes, with solar panels from major manufacturers, and may be mounted to many different types of roof surfaces and vertical facades. We provide services and solutions to all sectors of the construction industry including, specifies, developers and contractors.
On grid means that the solar PV system is connected directly to the national power grid through your mains domestic supply. This means you can export excess electricity back into the grid and trade this electricity which will allow you to quickly receive payback on your installation.
An off-grid system means that it is not connected to the national power grid, this may be because there is no electrical power supply to the property. In this case the power will be stored in lithium batteries and a small generator will act as the grid meaning you are never without power.
Here at the energy guys we realise that one of the principle barriers to the adoption of renewable energy is the cost. As such we have worked to remove this barrier and can now offer various methods of Solar Funding options or for your other renewable projects through our relationship with strategically positioned installers.
We work closely with funders interested in renewable technologies and can help individuals and organisations secure finance for many projects based on clear demonstrable returns.
There are many ways of financing renewable projects and they are always changing as new incentives come along so contact us for the latest news. The energy guys can help you get your renewable project off the ground whatever your circumstances.
Lock in your Electricity for 20 years at 4p per kWh.
If the energy grid gave you the option of most of your energy at 4p per kWh instead of 14p. But to do this you had to buy a block of energy from the grid, up front. You’d be hard pressed to say no to this. Well we are now able to offer you this option when you are interested in solar pv or just looking at reducing down your spends on electricity.
Using company capital to purchase a Solar PV system will offer the highest return on investment (ROI) and shortest payback period. With no loan interest involved you can directly compare the Internal Rate of Return with other purchases you may be considering. The ROI will always depend on numerous factors such as location or orientation, but you can expect an annual return of anywhere between 10 to 20 percent by purchasing a Solar PV system.
By taking out finance to pay for the Solar PV you are spreading the purchase cost over 1 – 7 years. Interest rates are an average of 5% depending on your companies’ circumstances and credit standing. Excluding the initial outlay your cash-flow should remain positive. By spreading the repayments over a 6- or 7-year term, most of our clients report that their loan repayments are covered by the income and savings provided by the Solar PV. But simply, from the moment the system is switched on the company energy bills are reduced without increasing monthly outgoings.