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Solar Power

Solar Power, in its simplest term, is the generation of electricity from sunlight. It is one of the highest regarded renewable energies and millions of pounds of research goes into developing solar power.

In the last few years we’ve seen large solar power plants emerge across Europe and America, but despite this solar energy only provided 0.2 per cent of total yearly global energy consumption in 2008.

Because solar radiation is intermittent, when solar power is installed into a home it is combined with storage or another energy source to provide constant power. And it’s historically high installation prices that have deterred many people from opting for solar power in the past. But with the government desperate to lower the carbon footprint and encourage homeowners to choose renewable energy systems to their home, the cost isn’t what it used to be.

Types of Solar Power

There are two different type of solar power: Direct solar power using photovoltaics and indirect CSP (Concentrating Solar Power) where the sun’s energy is used to boil water which is then used to provide energy.

Solar photovoltaic systems work by converting light into electrical power. This is achieved using a thin layer of semi-conducting material, most commonly silicon, enclosed in a glass or plastic casing. These cells can range in size with small versions used on lights and calculators to a system of hundreds of square metres of panels linked up to make an array to power large buildings.

When exposed to sunlight the semi-conducting material causes electrons in the materials’ atoms to be knocked loose. The electrons that are knocked loose then flow through the material to produce an electric current known as a direct current (DC). The direct current is carried through wiring to an inverter which converts the current to alternating current (AC) so it can be connected to your property’s main electricity distribution board. This wiring, in most cases, can easily be fed through existing cable routes in your home.

Solar PV power generators are also available as a back-up to your current electricity source.

Concentrating solar power systems use lenses or mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto receivers that collect the solar energy and convert it into heat. A steam turbine or heat engine driving a generator then turns this thermal energy into useable electricity.

Solar Power on a larger scale

Commercial solar power plants (CSP) have become more widespread since early development in the 1980’s. CSP systems including the SEGS project in the US and the 11MW PW10 power tower in Spain are just two examples with the latter, completed in 2005, being Europe’s first commercial CSP system.

There are also photovoltaic power plants with the biggest emerging primarily in Spain and Germany in the last three years. The Olmedilla Photovoltaic Park in Spain is the largest in current existence.

Solar Power for the home

You might not know it but the house you live in probably already uses solar power. A lot of homes use the sun to heat water pipes – thin water pipes are painted black and covered in an insulator to heat the water supply and therefore reduce the cost of having to use electricity to heat it.

And with solar power technology now reportedly 90 per cent cheaper than it was in the 1970’s, solar is becoming a real cost-saving option for home owners. However, the UK is behind many other countries on the home-installation front – this is mainly due to the UK not receiving as much peak hour sunlight.

There are numerous certified installers across the country who can give you a quote on the cost of having solar power and solar water heating systems fitted.

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30 Jul

Rotherham (S66)

New Solar PV Installation

Not built yet. 3 bed detached. Roof: south. Pitched and tiled. No windows. No shading. Call anytime. Install within 6 months

29 Jul

Telford (TF1)

New Solar PV Installation

3 bed semi. Roof: Pitched and tiled. No windows. No shading. call anytime. Install within 1 month

29 Jul

Marazion (TR17)

New Solar PV Installation

its being built. 4 bed detached. Roof: will be south west. Pitched and slate. No windows. No shading. Call anytime. Install within 6 months

29 Jul

Llantwit Major (CF61)

New Solar PV Installation

Roof: south facing. Pitched and tiled. No shading. No windows on roof. 3.5kw system, would like quotes with/without a battery. Replace within 1 month. Contact(...)

29 Jul

Lee-on-the-Solent (PO13)

New Solar PV Installation

3 bed detached. Roof: south west. Pitched and tiled. No windows. No shading. ASAP. Call anytime

28 Jul

Chelmsford (CM3)

New Solar PV Installation

4 bed semi. Roof: south. Half house roof is flat & other half pitched and tiled. No windows. No shading. Call anytime. Install within 3 months

28 Jul

Brixham (TQ5)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar PV System

Fix solar panels as they aren't working.

28 Jul

Enfield (EN1)

New Solar PV Installation

Solar PV. Roof: South facing. Pitched and tiled. No shading . No windows on roof. Not sure on size of panels . Install within 1 month. Contact any time.

27 Jul

Cardiff (CF5)

New Solar PV Installation

New Installation of Solar PV with Battery. Unsure which way roof faces. Pitched & tiled. No shading. Timescale ASAP. Contact anytime.

27 Jul

Stevenage (SG1)

New Battery Installation (Solar PV)

Currently has Solar PV: 4KW system. Would like an additional Battery only. Timescale ASAP. Contact anytime.

27 Jul

Cambridge (CB24)

New Solar PV Installation

Sourcing and installation of solar panels. Advice required about which roof most appropriate, i.e. house or garage.

27 Jul

Leeds (LS17)

New Solar PV Installation

3 bed challet semi. Roof: south ish. Pitched and tiled. 1 Dormer at front and 1 at back. No shading. Call anytime. Install within 6 months

27 Jul

Wolverhampton (WV4)

New Solar PV Installation

Roof: Unsure of roof direction. Pitched and tiled. No shading. No windows on roof. Open to advice of number of panels. Install within 3 month. Contact AM.

27 Jul

Harwich (CO12)

New Solar PV Installation

5 bed detached. Roof: not sure of direction. Pitched and tiled. 3 velux on back. 2 dormers on front. No shading. Call anytime. Install within 1 month

27 Jul

Harwich (CO12)

New Solar PV Installation

5 bed detached. Roof: not sure of direction. Pitched and tiled. 3 velux on back. 2 dormers on front. No shading. Call anytime. Install within 1 month

26 Jul

Liskeard (PL14)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar PV System

ch not working, please call daughter Debbie to book appointment

26 Jul

Wigston (LE18)

New Solar Thermal Installation

To install and supply SOLIC 200 Immersion heater

26 Jul

Oldbury (B68)

New Solar PV Installation

Not sure of roof direction. Pitched and tiled. No shading. No windows. Open to suggestion regarding system size. Install ASAP. Contact anytime.

26 Jul

Middlesbrough (TS9)

New Solar PV Installation

4 bed detached. Roof: south west one side. Pitched and tiled. No windows on this side. There are some trees. Has been told it's possible to have solar. Call(...)

26 Jul

St. Albans (AL3)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar PV System

Quotes for maintenance work on current Immersen System. Contact anytime

26 Jul

Llanelli (SA15)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar PV System

Hello, Three years ago I had solar panels installed by a competitor who has since gone into administration. Recently we received a phone call from a company(...)

26 Jul

Galashiels (TD1)

New Solar PV Installation

3 bed mid terrace. Roof: South ish. Pitched and tiled. No windows. No shading. Call anytime. Install within 6 months

26 Jul

Esher (KT10)

New Solar PV Installation

Supply and fit of Solar PV plus battery. Roof facing E/W. Pitched and tiled. Possible shading from a tree. 6 velox windows to be installed shortly. Open to(...)

25 Jul

Bedford (MK41)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar HW System

I have a Smart Energy solar water heating system that isn't working so well and needs a service

25 Jul

Leicester (LE2)

New Solar PV Installation

Roof:South west. Pitched. Tiled. No shading to affect panels. No windows on roof. Would like to discuss size of system required. Install within 6 months.(...)

25 Jul

Wrexham (LL13)

New Solar PV Installation

Roof: Unsure which direction roof faces. Pitched and in 3 sections. Made of galvanised steel. No shading to affect panels. There are clear perspex panels on the(...)

25 Jul

Grays (RM16)

New Solar PV Installation

Roof: South facing. Pitched. Slate. No shading to affect panels. No windows on roof. Would like to discuss size of system required. Install ASAP. Contact:(...)

25 Jul

Hythe (CT21)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar PV System

x2 meter , 1 of the meters is not working properly. Located in plant room , property is a large services .

24 Jul

Ashford (TN23)

New Solar PV Installation

Solar PV. Roof: South facing. Pitched and corrugated . No shading . No windows on roof. Wants a 4kw system. Install ASAP . Contact 9am-5pm. **wants more(...)

24 Jul

Leicester (LE8)

New Solar PV Installation

2 small 2 bed houses. Roof: south. Pitched and tiled. 1 velux in each. No shading. Call anytime. Install within 1 month // Alos owns shop and flat next door -(...)