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  • Benefits of Solar PV
  • Benefits of Solar Thermal

Benefits of Solar PV

Here's what Solar PV could do for you:

  • You get paid for the electricity you generate and for that you don’t use. The Government’s feed-in-tariff pays a set rate per kWh of electricity generated and an additional rate for any exported back to the national grid.
  • Receive a tax free income. The feed-in tariff is guaranteed by the Government for 20 years and will rise in line with inflation.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint. Clean energy means you reduce your carbon emissions by up to 1 tonne per annum.
  • Produce energy even on cloudy days, Panels designed for European countries simply need light to produce electricity.

Benefits of Solar Thermal

Here's what Solar Thermal could do for you:

  • You get paid for the hot water you generate. Your solar thermal installation will be eligible for the Government Renewable Heat Incentive – that is a tax free, index-linked payment for seven years.
  • Save on energy bills. Hot water produced by solar thermal panels offsets the cost of energy that you would otherwise use to heat the water.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint. Nothing is burned therefore offsetting any carbon dioxide that would have otherwise been produced.
  • Heated water for 365 days a year. When solar energy is minimal during the winter months a conventional boiler or immersion heater can be used to supplement your hot water.

Feed-in Tariff for Solar PV

Domestic solar installations up to 10kW in size will receive a FiT rate of 4.14p/kWh from 1 April to 30 June 2017, after which degressions will continue to occur every quarter.

The export tariff currently sits at 5.03p/kWh.

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RHI for solar thermal installations

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a quarterly payment over seven years to households who have installed solar thermal systems. The current rate sits at 20.06p/kWh for solar thermal applications until 30 June 2017.
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Make the most of solar energy

Storing your excess electricity in batteries is the ideal solution and this is becoming a more affordable option for many homeowners. However, if you would rather make the most of your solar generated energy without storing it, read about our top tips.
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A consumer's guide to solar PV installation

Are you thinking about installing Solar panels but need more information then this consumer guide is a great start.

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Advised me well and did a good job throughout the whole process Also, been very helpful with any questions asked

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The two lads Chris and Matt were very professional but not pushy, guiding us to what in the end we could have to give us the best use and saving over all, this remains to be seen, The installation was quick, clean. The 2 lads cleaned up after leaving us with very little to do. The electrician was very understanding putting the boxes and equipment were we could get to them easier because of our age, we are very happy overall with the total installation.

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An excellent experience dealing with this company. From the very beginning, we explained that we were going away within the next 10 days and were assured that they would do their very best to accommodate us. In fact, they did. Scaffolding erected on the following Saturday, solar panels installed on Monday and electrical connections made on Wednesday! From the initial surveyor through to the final electrician leaving (including the scaffolders and the roofing guys) a great bunch of people who do what they say they are going to do.

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Kept us fully informed in what turned out to be a bit of a difficult fault to pinpoint

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Everything was completed very satisfactorily and professionally all questions relating to our installation were answered before we excepted their quote. For the type of system we picked their quote was the lowest that we received. Overall I would recommend anyone to use CTS Renewables.

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I just want to write and thank Aniron for our recent solar panel installation which went without a hitch, was delivered when arranged and completed within a single day. Ian was very helpful pre sales and Brett was brilliant on the day keeping us well informed of progress, and then coming back the following day to fix a minor problem. Many thanks guys. Will definitely recommend Aniron to anyone contemplating solar power.

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Excellent service throughout! After months of research and quotes from serveral companies I asked Safe and Protect to install our solar. Ewan was very patient, answering all my questions and always available on the phone/text. The install was fast and meticulous, the crew working cleanly and efficiently, talking my wife and I through the system. The after installation support from Donna in the office has been exceptional, supporting our FIT application and remaining on hand to answer questions. The customer service, good products, keen pricing and knowledge of all things PV helped me choose Safe and Protect, and I'm very glad I did so. I can happily recommend them.

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Very pleased no problems

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Athena got back to me really quickly, and have been absolutely brilliant. They took immense care and made sure that we ended up with exactly the right system and that all the options were looked at. They organised and supervised the survey, and the roofer to fix the brackets for the solar panels, and installed the whole thing in an incredibly short time. (I'm ashamed to confess this, but they even tidied my cellar.) The people are really, really nice - thoughtful, efficient, and highly competent. They've been prepared to answer all my questions and make sure everything worked just right - now I have solar panels, a battery, and a system to heat my hot water, which I am really pleased wiht. I highly recommend them.

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