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How solar energy works

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Why choose solar energy?

If you’re looking for ways to reduce your monthly energy bills, solar energy could be the way forward. Solar energy can create power for your home throughout the year, and save up to 64% on your annual electricity bill. It can also mean you’re less reliant on the national grid, and you could even receive payments for generating electricity. However, the average cost of a 3.5kWp solar installation is around £5,500, so can you recoup on your investment?

How much energy do solar panels produce?

How much energy you can produce will depend on how many panels you have space for and can afford. The average home solar systems use 10 panels, generating around 3.5kWh of electricity. 1 kWh is how much electricity it would take to run a 1,000 watt (1 kW) appliance for an hour. For example, if you had a 500 watt dishwasher, you would use 0.5 kWh in an hour of use.

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Make the change

We’ve teamed up with Soly, a solar panel and battery storage supplier, to provide competitively priced solar energy installations. With more than 30,000 installations, Soly has more than ten years’ experience in fitting solar systems to a variety of homes. If you’re interested in purchasing or leasing solar panels, visit the Soly website to get an online quote.

"Solar panels are one of the best investments I've ever made."

Phil, Hull

Benefits of solar energy

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Receive payments

You may be able to receive payments for the surplus energy that you export back to the grid through the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG).

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Different uses

Depending on the type of panels you have installed, you could choose to generate heat or electricity. Solar photovoltaic panels generate electricity, and solar thermal panels heat water for the home.

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Low maintenance

With no moving parts, once your solar energy system is set up and properly installed, it will need very little in terms of maintenance. So that’s one less thing to factor into your costs.

How much do solar panels cost?

As solar technology advances and more companies enter the market, the cost of solar installations has fallen in recent years. This means it’s becoming a real option for many families looking to lower their home’s carbon footprint and save on their monthly bills. According to the Energy Saving Trust, the average total cost of buying and installing a 3.5kWp system is £5,500, but costs will vary depending on:

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1. Size and dimensions

The size and shape of your roof will impact how many solar panels you can fit. The more panels or tiles you have, the more expensive the initial outlay will be. However, the savings you can expect will be higher too.

2. Panels or tiles

The main difference between the two is in terms of aesthetics. Solar tiles don’t change the look of a property as much as solar panels. They can replicate the look of the existing roof, whereas solar panels are a rigid block affixed to the roof. The cost will also be impacted by which you choose as solar tiles tend to be more expensive.

3. Installation costs

This will depend on who does the installation. We recommend shopping around and comparing quotes from a few different companies.

The average price of what a solar installation could cost is based on a typical three-bedroom house which has 10 solar panels. To get a better understanding of how much it could cost you, speak to one of our Cleaner Energy Experts.

Did you know…

Solar panels could reduce your carbon footprint by around 11% and, on average, take around 10.1 years to break even on their investment - The Eco Experts

The average life expectancy of solar panels is around 25 years, but this could be extended even longer - The Energy Saving Trust

There are currently around 1.2 million UK homes with solar panel installations, which is up from around just 29,000 installations in 2010 - The Eco Experts

Get ready for solar in three steps

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1 - Enter your details

Add a few details to find out how many solar panels you'll need.

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2 - Pick your package

Choose to buy or lease your solar panels and whether to add battery storage.

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3 - Book a call

Our partners Soly are ready to talk you through your options. By selecting 'get solar' you'll be taken to Soly's website.

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