Solar PV Installation
Although solar PV has only become a home or business improvement over the past 7 years, the technology has been around for hundreds of years and does exactly what is says on the tin!
Solar PV grew in popularity with the governments introduction of the Feed-in-Tariff scheme in 2009. With the generous rates paid for the electricity you generate and export, the popularity of solar PV soon rocketed.
Since 2009, the Feed-in-Tariff rates have slowly been reduced to fall in line with the investment being put in and costs of equipment and electricity. The scheme has been so successful that it has seen well over 750,000 solar PV systems installed and certified under the governments MCS scheme.
The Feed-in-Tariff is still active and it is the best way to fund your solar system. Fenland Solar offer free, impartial advice on how it can work for you. Using the government’s Feed-in-Tariff, solar PV has become a better investment than leaving your money in the bank, with return on investment being anywhere from 4-9%.
Solar Hot Water Options
There are a few ways to get hot water from solar power, the oldest being solar thermal. Solar thermal is where you put big solar collectors on your roof and antifreeze is pumped through and indirectly transferred to hot water. It is a very expensive way to heat your hot water and generally has a very long ROI as the government have ceased funding for it.
Since the boom in solar PV, immersion controllers became the most cost-effective way to heat your hot water. A simple device that connects to your immersion element in your hot water tank, immersion controllers divert excess electricity, that would otherwise be exported to the grid, to your immersion element to heat your water. These devices are about one-tenth of the cost of solar thermal and help you to gain a quicker payback from your solar PV system.
If you’ve got any questions about solar PV systems and which option is the best for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch.