It All Starts With The Sun
Solar panels (or specifically PhotoVoltaic Solar Panels) are devices that convert light energy from the sun into electrical energy in the form of Direct Current (DC). This Direct Current, which is similar to the power you get from a battery, must then be converted into AC (Alternating Current) at a voltage (a little like electrical ‘pressure’) identical to our ‘mains’ electricity. This conversion is done by a piece of equipment called an Inverter. An invertor might be considered to be a little like having a combined water purifier and pump in a water collection system.
AC electricity coming from the inverter is then measured by a meter before passing directly into the electrical installation in your property. If you don’t use it, it will go to your local community, and then by extension the national electrical grid (yes, it’s all connected).
How will you install the panels on my roof?
Normally scaffold or Mobile Elevated Work Platforms are used to gain access to the roof space. Then a lightweight aluminium frame is secured to the timbers of the roof frame using brackets selected according to roof type. All fixings are externally IP rated. The roof will continue to be completely watertight.
Finally, the solar panels are secured to the frame using manufacturer specific clamps. If you have a flat roof then a wedge shaped frame is used to get the best possible pitch for the panels.
Will it work if it's cloudy?
Solar PV operates on light, rather than heat, so even if the day seems cool – if there is light, the system will be generating electricity. PV systems will generate electricity all year round although for a number of reasons the output will fluctuate seasonally, with the most electricity being produced in the bright summer months.
Will they work on my property?
Well as we are in the Northern Hemisphere, a south facing roof will receive the most sunlight, however, a solar generator can be installed on a roof that is facing approximately south or even east or west with a fairly steep or shallow pitch and will still generate efficiently over the course of the year. Of course, minimal shading is beneficial.
Our solar panel systems are designed to suit your property and your energy requirements, we will make sure we find a solution that works for you.
How much money will I save/earn?
Over the course of a year, a solar photovoltaic system will save you money by reducing your electricity bill, and you will get paid every kWh you generate, regardless of whether you use it yourself or export it to other users. For more information see the section on investment potential.
How do I receive payments for the electricity I generate?
As part of the process, Geo Green Power will submit your feed-in-tariff application to your electricity provider. Once your application has been approved you will be required to submit a generation meter reading to your electricity supplier every quarter, after which they will pay you for your generated amount.
How long will the system take to pay back the energy used in its manufacture?
How long does a PV cell have to generate electricity for until it pays back the carbon (energy) required to make it? This is generally expected to be less than 4 years. After that it is making a real and positive contribution to the environment of our planet.
Get your Solar Panels up and running...
Here at Geo Green Power we are experts in Solar Panels from consultation, installation through to commissioning and registration. We will design the right Solar Panel system for your property and support you every step of the way.
Call us on 0800 988 3188 or fill in our online enquiry form and we’ll get back to you shortly.