Solar PV Panels
What is Solar PV?
Solar PV is a renewable energy system that uses photovoltaic modules on the roof or facade of a building to convert light into electricity. Voltaic cells are made up of thin layers of semi-conducting material which generate an electrical charge when exposed to direct light.
Solar PV Provides a number of Key Benefits
- Reduce your reliance on grid electricity
- Receive an income for every kWh you generate
- Get paid for the electricity you use with inflation linked payments guaranteed for 20 years
- Average system lifespan of over 25 years
- Minimal maintenance and upkeep required
- Complete packages for on-roof, in-roof, flat roofs and facades
- Reduce your carbon footprint
How Much Electricity Can Solar PV Produce?
The panel area required to produce an output of 1 kilowatts peak (kWp) typically has an area of around 7m2, produces an annual electricity output of 830 kWh and results in a reduction in CO2 emissions of 471 kg.
The estimate above depends highly on the latitude of the installation, the orientation of the panels, the number of available daylight hours within a year and the likelihood of shadowing obstruction due to other buildings or natural obtrusions. Ecoliving takes these factors into account during the survey and when designing a Solar PV system ensuring optimum generation from your investment.
The location of solar PV modules is very important due to their sensitivity to the intensity of light and they should ideally be installed on a south-facing roof. We would advise due south for most installations being preferable for maximum efficiency. The angle of tilt should be between 25° and 40°, depending on latitude.
Ecoliving have installed a great number of photovoltaic projects across the UK, for new builds and as retrofits. Read our Commercial and Domestic case studies to find out more.
To find out whether solar PV is appropriate for your property why not contact us to arrange a free, no-obligation site survey or call us on 0141 309 5543.