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Solar panels for renewable electricity

Photovoltaic solar panels capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells. Groups of these cells are mounted together in panels that can either be mounted on your roof (or on the ground).

Solar: renewable energy solution

How do they work?

These cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run your lighting and household appliances for free.


Panels don’t need direct sunlight to work, just daylight, and can still generate electricity on a cloudy day.

How long do solar panels last?

Solar panels should be good for at least 25-30 years. After that time they will still work but their efficiency will decline.

Are there any incentives?

The government is very committed to reducing greenhouse emissions and the negative effects of climate change, so it has launched several programmes to help you be more sustainable for the future. Contact us for more information on what’s available.

How are the panels installed?

In most cases scaffolding is required to access the roof. The ideal roof space should be free from shade and south facing. However, panels can be fitted on roofs facing anywhere between west and east. The size of your roof space will determine the size of the system.


An electrician will oversee the complete installation and you should not need planning permission unless the property is listed.

What is the cost for installation?

Every system is designed uniquely for each home. Do get in touch with us to discuss the costs of solar panels.

Are there any incentives for installation?

The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) provides rates of pay per unit of energy generated so the payback of your panels is much quicker. Find out more.

Will I save money on my utility bills?

Yes, the Smart Export Guarantee payment received for the generation and export of electricity to the national grid, plus the savings made from reduced usage of electricity from the grid, will mean much lower electricity bills.

Will I reduce my carbon footprint?

Yes. If you want a cleaner and greener source of energy, photovoltaic solar panels may be the answer to reducing your carbon footprint whilst making a sensible long-term investment in your home.


Even in our climate, solar panels are highly efficient. That’s why solar panels such a great solution for UK homes.

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