SOLAR PANELS

What is solar?

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Solar panels are cells which react to sunlight. When natural light reaches the PV cells it creates an electric field. This converts into solar electricity which flows off your panels and into your house. If at the time you are using electricity for, say, your television or washing machine, the created energy will flow into these appliances. If you’re not, it simply flows out into the national grid, and that excess electricity is available for use by a different household.

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This energy source makes your home less dependant on energy companies by providing your own home with an electricity supply during the day. There are also methods to store energy for evening use (night). For further information, please contact us.

You will receive tax-free payments for all excess electricity generated from your solar panels, whether it is consumed by you or exported into the grid (energy company). Homes that create solar electricity effectively become their own emission-free, cash generating, mini power station!

Solar Panels

Solar panels, or solar modules as they are sometimes called, are typically installed on the roof. These panels are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert sunlight into direct current (DC) power. Solar panels can also be stored and mounted on frames or pillars in open spaces exposed to sunlight.

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Inverter

The DC power from the solar panels is sent to an inverter, where it is converted into alternating current (AC) power, or standard electrical current used your home.

Electrical Box (Consumer Unit)

AC power travels from the inverter to the electrical panel, often called a breaker box. This power is now ready to use in your home.

Utility Meter

The utility meter continually measures your electrical supply; when your solar system produces more power than you need, the meter literally spins backward, accumulating credits with the utility company that will offset your next bill.

Utility Grid (Energy Company Power Supply)

Your home remains connected to the utility grid to supply you with electricity when you need more power than your system has produced, such as at night.

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