Solar Panel FAQs

Here's everything you need to know about solar panels.

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How do solar panels work?

When the sun’s rays strike a solar panel, the photovoltaic (PV) cells within the panel absorb the energy and transform it into electrical charges. These charges are then prompted to move along an internal electrical field within the cell, which then generates a flow of electricity. This process is known as the photovoltaic effect, and it allows solar panels to harness the sun’s energy in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way.

Do solar panels work in winter?

Despite what many people believe, solar panels are not rendered useless during the winter months. In fact, the cold temperature can actually increase their performance. During winter, many regions experience clearer skies, which means stronger sunlight is able to reach the panels without the interference of cloud cover. Additionally, solar panels actually thrive in colder temperatures as they become more efficient at converting sunlight into electricity.

How many solar panels are needed to power a typical house?

When it comes to powering a typical house with solar energy, the number of solar panels needed largely depends on the amount of energy the house consumes. A range of factors can influence a household’s energy usage, such as the size of the property, the number of occupants, and patterns of electricity usage. It’s estimated that the average one-bedroom house needs six solar panels, while a three-bedroom house needs ten.

Do solar panels work in the rain?

The technology behind solar panels allows them to continue generating electricity, although the efficiency may be lower in cloudy weather conditions. On the bright side, rainy weather can aid in keeping solar panels operational by washing away any accumulated dirt or dust on the photovoltaic cells.

Can you run a house on solar power alone in the UK?

While it is true that the UK does not enjoy as many hours of sunshine as other countries, advancements in technology mean that solar panels are now more efficient than ever before. In fact, research suggests that a house can be powered entirely by solar panels, providing they are designed, installed, and maintained correctly.

How long do solar panels last?

The majority of solar panels come with a 25-year warranty, and some manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty. The longevity of your panels will depend on several factors, including the quality of the materials used, the installation process, and the maintenance of the panels.

Do I need planning permission to install solar panels?

In most cases, planning permission is not required. However, there are certain circumstances where permission could be necessary. The location of the panels, the size, and the potential impact on the neighbourhood are all factors that local authorities consider. So, before you embark on your solar panel installation journey, be sure to check with your local council and get informed about the regulations in your area.

How much do solar panels cost?

The size of your home determines the number of solar panels you need, which greatly impacts the total cost. Additionally, your dependence on solar energy affects the type of panels you should purchase and the size of your battery storage system. It’s essential to be clear about your energy goals and needs to help you choose the best option without overspending. For a more detailed solar panel price breakdown, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

How long does solar panel installation take?

The length of a solar panel installation process can vary depending on a number of factors. Typically, a residential installation of a solar panel system takes anywhere from one to three days, while a commercial-sized system can take upwards of several weeks. The duration of an installation may also depend on the location of the system, such as the roof or ground level.

How can I make the solar PV system less visible?

Manufacturers have started offering panels with black frames to make the solar panels less obvious when installed on a roof.

Do I need bird protection?

Bird droppings and nesting materials can impair solar panel efficiency over time, leading to reduced energy output. Installing bird-proofing materials around the solar panels can deter birds from nesting underneath, ensuring uninterrupted energy production from your solar panels. This is something we can discuss with you.

Will I need to change my electricity meter?

No, solar panels will work on any existing meter. To take advantage of some of the newer tariffs available for self-generators a Smart Meter would be required.

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