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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 4.25p/kWh from 1 July to 30 September 2016, after which degressions will continue to occur every quarter.

The export tariff currently sits at 4.91p/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 19.74 p/kWh for solar thermal applications until 30 September 2016.
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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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Brilliant from the start, knowledgeable and hard working team, not just the engineers, the back room staff did a good job with the paperwork explained everything and answered all our questions. 100% recommend CTS RENEWABLES.

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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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Excellent company to deal with. They pulled out all the stops to get my system up and running before the tariff change January 2016. Ian, the chief electrician was very pleasant and professional at the survey stage. The installation gang worked through bitter cold winds and I never heard any-one complain. Allison the receptionist was extremely helpful with all the enquiries and kept the whole thing running pretty smooth. A pleasure to do business with and would highly recommend the company for an install.

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I could not have asked for better - an extremely efficient team and high quality workmanship. The fact that they were so pleasant was simply a bonus.

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Very professional and efficient company, very helpful

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Very helpful and professional,we were kept informed all the way through and phoning for information was never a problem. Would highly recommend them.

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Good company to do business with, no problems and met all the dates agreed and completed on time

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They worked hard and to a high standard. Lovely team, too! If they had used a different scaffold/ladder set up they might have been able to complete sooner (rain and hailstone in June made the slate roof slippery!).

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