Domestic Solar PV - MCS Product

Photovoltaic (PV) energy is fast becoming the number one choice when it comes to cheap, environmentally friendly energy sources available to householders from Saint Solar Energy.

With oil and gas prices continuing to rise, families across the UK are seeing their energy bills skyrocket. Many households are now forced to spend more than 10% of their income on their energy supply alone. This is causing to many to fall into what has become known as ‘energy poverty’.

PV energy is a simple and cheap alternative to the traditional fossil fuels – one that is in no danger of running out and poses no environmental risk. But solar panels are not just good for the environment, they also come with numerous financial benefits.

Dependent on how much power you use and the size of the solar panel array you have installed, it is possible to significantly reduce your energy bills.

The Government-backed Feed In Tariff scheme means you get paid for all the electricity you generate and can sell any excess energy on to the National Grid, at an attractive rate. As they are highly desirable, a solar panel array could potentially add significant value to your home.

It’s also worth noting that solar panels can function, virtually maintenance-free, for 30 years or more. Plus, at Saint Solar Ltd, our premium quality panels come with a 25 year performance warranty.

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The big solar myth

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There are countless misconceptions when it comes to solar energy, but the most widespread is that solar panels need sunlight to generate power. This simply is not true! Modern solar panels are perfectly capable of generating power even in cloudy conditions. That’s because PV solar panels only need UV light, rather than sunshine, to work at full capacity.

To find out more about how investing in solar power could save you money, reduce your carbon footprint, and even add value to your property, continue to browse our website or contact us directly on 0800 170 0645 to speak to one of our expert Solar PV technicians about how we can help with your energy needs.

Feed in Tarrifs (FITS)

Introduced in April 2010, the Feed In Tariff scheme is a Government financial incentive designed to encourage the population to generate electricity with solar power systems.

Thanks to the scheme, your electricity provider will pay you for the power your solar array generates. Not only that, you will also reduce your energy bills and protect yourself from future energy price rises. What’s more, you will even be paid again for any electricity you do not use but instead export to the National Grid through your electricity provider. All that as a bonus on top of reducing your carbon footprint! Investing in a solar power system will lead to an immediate saving in your household energy costs from the moment it is installed.

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How does solar work

Solar energy has come a long way over the years. Gone are the days of huge, inefficient panels. Now, revolutionary technological advances mean modern photovoltaic (PV) energy systems are small enough for domestic use and are more effective than ever before. They are fully capable of functioning at full capacity on a cloudy day.

That’s why, these days, more and more domestic energy consumers are finding that a 20-year investment in solar energy represents a massive return on the original cost…as well as a cheap, clean and environmentally friendly energy solution.

The introduction of the Government’s Feed In Tariff means that domestic solar panel users can make a profit on their investment by sending any excess energy generated by their panels straight to the energy companies.

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The Photocolatic Effect

PV solar panels are made from cells composed of layers of silicon, phosphorous and boron. When these cells are struck by sunlight, the panels’ design allows them to absorb the photons present. These photons cause the electrons in the solar cells to react and break free from their atomic orbits, creating an electrical charge.

With phosphorous electrons generating a negative charge and boron electrons a positive charge, the combined effect is the creation of directional current, or DC electricity.

What this means for you

The DC charge created by your PV solar panels must then be converted into an AC (Alternating Current) supply in order to be compatible with domestic appliances. This is done with inverters, which use electromagnetic switches to repeatedly ‘flip’ the DC charge backwards and forwards, producing an AC current. It is then safe for use in domestic power sockets, allowing you to plug in all your appliances as normal.

At Saint Solar Ltd, we offer a broad range of solar panels for your roof. Our fully qualified and highly experienced team will happily install anything from a single panel to a full PV array. Contact us today on 0800 170 0645 for more information about how we can help you take maximum advantage of solar power in your home.