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Are you are considering fitting P.V. solar panels to your property and are unsure of the viability?

If so follow this blog and you’ll find out for definite.

We have 16 x 250w panels fitted to our property , which is just about the maximum possible for the average property. These were fitted by Cleaner Air Solutions to the property  from new (late December 2014) at a cost of approx. £4,500.

Let me make it clear that this report is entirely independent and I have no connection to the suppliers and am not being paid for this report - it’s 100% true and unbiased. Although I have to say that I am passionate about green energies and hope that it all works out. But the proof will be in  the figures as they become available. So tune in regularly and learn!

In the UK there are big subsidies in this industry in order to make them viable. From the consumers point of view any power produced by the system is free to use, and any unused power is transmitted back to the National grid. After registering with a ‘feed in tariff provider’ the consumer is then paid  every three months for everything that the panels generate - even the portion used. With this in mind it’s best to use most electricity when the sun is at it’s best  11:00am - 3:00 pm. And using an electric cooker at the same time as using the washing machine etc., will make the system most efficient.

Obviously certain properties will not be suitable due to the size, angle and direction of the roof which is something that you’ll need to look into.

We are in the North of England so although the sun shines fairly  frequently it’s not exactly the Costa Del Sol. But be assured that P.V. Panels work to a certain extent even on dull days, this I can honestly assure you even with the information I have already, but if you follow this blog you will find out exactly what happens to our property as I will be publishing our meter readings on line for both our solar meter and the normal (grid) electric supply along with when and what we get paid and the amounts that we pay for the normal tariff (night time use etc.).

Before we go further let me make it clear that there are two types of domestic solar panels - ‘hot water panels’ and P.V. (photovoltaic).

Recently we lived in Cyprus where just about all of the properties have the water panels on the roofs along with hot water tanks. These provide fairly efficient hot water most of the year IN CYPRUS when the is blowing your brains out. But in the UK this maybe a completely different story.

But here we are talking about the P.V. Photovoltaic panels which generate electricity. These are also used extensively in Cyprus, but mainly by properties which are not connected to the grid and consequently they have to store their energy in batteries for night time use. The downside to those systems is that the batteries are stupidly expensive, but so is connecting to the grid in rural properties, so it was often worth the initial outlay.

But here in the UK, you won’t need the expensive batteries as you’ll be connected to the grid for night time usage.

Does this mean that the grid is never used in the day time?

It depends on the time of day and how much electricity you use. If it’s a dull day and you turn the kettle on, the chances are it will use everything that the panels  generate and some from the grid. You can easily tell which is which as a red light shows on the unused meter.

But for most of the daytime it’s a ‘money box on the roof’!

And of course in the UK the daylight hours vary summer and winter,  so the system is bound to be much better in the summer. But  we started with this at the very worst time (mid winter) and I can tell that even then they were working.

Ok, cut to the chase how much do they yield?

Well as I’ve said this a completely independent assessment and based on our own experience in Sheffield with 16 X 250w panels facing more our less South. And having had these now for 16 months I can now give a fairly accurate assessment.

Basically due to the free daytime usage our annual joint gas and electric bill is about £600 and we receive about £650 back from the feed in tariff, making our net costs less than nil. So for us yes they are worth it!

BUT,  the government subsidy changes ever y few months and tends to go down (although guaranteed for 20 years when you get it). So you won’t get quite as good a deal as us if starting now.  And also remember that the deal also differs according to the properties EPC.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and remember I am not trying to sell you anything - so my advice is honest and impartial.

Solar Panels - Are they worth it?

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