How much does it cost?
The total installed cost of a PV system will depend upon the size of the system and how it is mounted. Please email email@example.com for a quote.
How much energy will it generate?
There are five main factors that will impact how much energy a solar PV system will generate:
- The total size of the PV array.
- The latitude of the location.
- Which direction the PV panels face.
- What slope the panels are mounted on.
- Anything which shades the panels.
As an example, a south facing roof mounted 1.3kWp PV array in the Midlands should generate approximately 1,200 - 1,300 kWh per year, saving around £400 - £500 per year depending upon the price you pay for your electricity.
How do I get paid for my generated energy?
The Government announced in July 2009 the details of the proposed Feed-in Tariff (FIT) for micro-generation systems from April 2010. The consultation for this ended on the 15th October 2009 and the Government has now announced the final proposals as detailed below.
In summary FIT is expected to provide all generators of renewable energy with a higher rate of income from all their generated power than they currently receive, making renewable energy systems significantly more economic. The rate of income will be determined by the size of the system and the current proposals are as detailed below;
0 - 4kWp (new build)
0 - 4kWp
4kWp - 10kWp
10kWp - 100kWp
100kWp - 5,000kWp
All qualifying systems installed after July 2009 are expected to qualify for the Feed-in Tariff from April 2010.
How does it connect to the grid?
Your solar PV panels are all linked together and connected into an inverter which converts the DC power from the solar PV panels into mains voltage compatible AC.
For solar PV systems producing less than 3.6kWp you do not need permission from your electricity company to do this, but you must inform them afterwards.