When considering a solar installation for your home there are several factors to consider.
Do you want the installation to simply supply electricity directly to the home circuit to supplement the grid supply during daylight hours, or do you want to include a battery to store produced electricity and maximise the use of that created electricity?
If you want battery storage do you want that just to utilise the produced electricity or do you want to consider a higher capacity battery to also store cheaper night-time electricity for use around the clock and perhaps in conjunction with an electric car?
Do you want to upgrade the battery and switch supplier to take advantage of the high returns of Grid Trading to maximise the potential return on investment? Grid Trading allows your supply company to use your battery capacity to supplement the grid by trading capacity at times of high demand and trade on the market to create profit which is split 70/30 in favour of you.
How Solar Panels Work
Solar PV (Photovoltaic ) panels work by allowing photons (particles of light) to be able to grab electrons free from atoms and therefore generating a flow of electricity.
The panels are made up by multiples of individual photovoltaic cells of silicon wafers to do so. If the cells are made from wafers of solid silicon crystal they are classed Monocrystalline and are more efficient per cell than those made of compressed and bonded shards of silicon classed Polycrystalline. Visually the Mono panels appear black whereas the Poly panels reflect blue due to light refraction.
The electrical current created is Direct Current, a device called an Inverter is used to convert to Alternate Current for supply to the property circuit.
Would you prefer a ground-mounted system if you have the land space? Perhaps you have a Grade 2 listed property where roof mounting is not possible or preferable.
Flat roof? Outbuilding or Garage? Larger than standard system size?
And then to the style of fitting, do you want to have the system mounted upon the roof structure or would you like to have the panels actually built into the roof structure by recessing them as an alternative to the roof tiles?
Lots to consider, lots to discuss and lots of permutations. That is why we ask for details and a discussion, so we understand your needs to advise you on the best options for you.
There are many advantages to installing solar panel systems on Commercial premises. The increased electrical consumption of a working building can be offset by maximising the larger roof space that is normally available. The Governments Annual Investment Allowance means that the cost can be reclaimed from business profits before tax. Information can be found here; https://www.gov.uk/capital-allowances/annual-investment-allowance
Most Commercial premises will have a 3-phase electrical supply but even with single-phase a larger system can be installed with battery storage to regulate the supply into the circuitry.
Upscaled Ground mount systems and larger “Farms” are also available, these systems have far more considerations to deal with, contact us for details of what is involved