What are Solar Panels?

What are Solar Panels?

The term ‘solar panel’ is used to describe the panels that generate electricity.

Solar panels that produce electricity are known as solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. These panels generate electricity when exposed to light. Solar PV is the rooftop or ground-sited device you see on homes and businesses.

Solar PV

How does it work?
A domestic solar PV system is a number of solar panels mounted to your roof and connected into the electrics within your building. The solar panels generate direct current (DC) electricity, which is then converted in an inverter to alternating current (AC). This process is compared to converting battery power into electrical power. Solar PV systems are rated in kilowatts (kW).

Any excess electricity produced can be stored in a battery or it can be exported from your house into the electrical network on your street.

What are the benefits of solar panels?

  • Cheaper electricity and heating
    Adding solar panels results in a sizeable reduction in your electricity and heating bills. They can help reduce costs by up to 70%. The extra money in your pocket only grows in the long term.
  • Independence
    Sunshine is free! The cost of daylight does not fluctuate, big businesses cannot place value on the sun. There are no additional costs, inflation or price hikes that can be applied.
  • Long life span
    The working life of a solar panel can vary but there are systems that have lasted, and are still in operation, after 40 years.
  • Adding value to your home and business
    A professionally fitted solar system adds to your property value. Estate agents will confirm that a home with a higher energy rating has a higher selling value.
  • Green
    The UK has one of the highest levels of CO2 emissions in Europe. Solar panels in your premises help reduce CO2 emissions and allow you to do your part in the battle against climate change.

Got a question about solar panels, or considering having them installed? Get in touch on 01325 787223 or info@gbselectrics.co.uk.

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