Frequently asked questions about solar panels

Solar electricity is the conversion of energy from sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics, indirectly using concentrated solar power, or a combination.

PV stands for Photo Voltaic. Solar PV systems feature a combination of cells containing solar PV material that converts radiation from the sun into direct current (DC) electricity, suitable for the home.

Although solar panels facing south tend to perform better and produce the most energy, they will still perform regardless of the direction they are facing, providing they receive exposure to sunlight.

Solar panels can be fitted on your roof or land, however, generally, an 8-panel solar PV system, which would easily fit on the roof of an average 3-bed semi, is the smallest recommended.

Solar panels can produce energy in all daylight conditions, so if you live in an area with limited sunlight, you need not worry.

Your solar panel purchase will be complete with the manufacturer’s guarantee of the panel’s performance. This guarantee differs, depending on the manufacturer, therefore it is important to understand the guarantee before you complete your purchase.

New Age Innovation has received a number of enquiries from customers who previously purchased solar panels from Solar Plants and other now liquidated companies. WE can offer assistance, find out more here.

You should expect the panels to last for 25 years, provided they do not succumb to excess damage as a result of external factors i.e. falling debris from nearby trees. Performance may be subject to a slight decrease year-on-year if the panels are exposed to ultra-violet lights.

It is suggested that solar panels are serviced once every 2 years.

Pigeons and other vermin often find homes on panels. Solar panel pigeon proofing deters animals from settling on the solar panel rooftop, lengthening its life span whilst maintaining its initial power output. Find out more about pigeon proofing here: https://newageinnovation.co.uk/pigeon-proofing-solar-investment/

This is dependant on the type of system you have. Solar PV panels themselves only produce electricity during daylight, so they will not provide electricity 24 hours a day, however, solar panels complete with a battery will store excess energy and use this throughout the day, meaning you are less grid-reliant.

The electricity your solar panel produces is converted from Direct Current (DC) to Alternative Current (AC), which is used to supply electricity in your home. This is then taken from the inverter via an AC cable to your distribution board, where it is used to power the circuits in your home.

Due to safety measures, protecting workers who may be carrying out repairs to the grid, in the case of a power cut, your inverter will switch off, preventing any generation from your solar power entering your home.

The government ended its feed-in tariff in 2019 due to an excess of registrations. There are still financial incentives for those who signed up after the closing-date, including the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG), which rewards solar generators for energy exported to the grid. You can read more about this initiative here.

You can measure the performance of your solar panels by enhancing your system with a SolarEdge Inverter. This upgrade comes with numerous benefits, including automatic monitoring, providing real-time updates and fault detection.

This is dependant on how much energy you wish to produce. The more solar panels you utilise, the more electricity your system will produce. The number of panels you require is dependent on several factors; your energy usage, the number of people in your property and the size of your property

The Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) research concluded that energy saving measures home improvements could increase property values by up to £16,000.

Solar energy does not generate green house gases, resulting in reduced carbon emissions. In addition, solar is a renewable energy source, meaning its use is infinite.

A solar battery stores excess energy produced by your system that would usually be returned to the grid, allowing you to use it outside of daylight hours, when your panels are not producing energy.

The cost of a solar panel system will vary based on several factors. For instance, different properties or businesses will require a different number of panels, with the cost increasing in-line with the number of panels required.

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