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Solar panels for your home: A smart investment

January 29, 2013
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Considering installing solar panels for your home? Solar panels are one of the smartest investments a home can make these days, thanks to the UK’s feed-in tariff and the unprecedentedly low cost of solar panels. What does a household need to keep in mind when thinking about going solar? Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post [...]

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3kWp solar panel systems: Price, power output, and return on investment

December 4, 2012
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3kWp (kilowatt-peak) solar systems have become one of the smartest investments for both homes and businesses across the UK.  With the price of solar power systems falling generally, solar PV systems of all sizes are becoming a more and more attractive investment for homes and business-owners. 3kWp systems, however, are very popular thanks to their affordability–with a typical [...]

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Solar Payback and Return on Investment

November 27, 2012

Wondering what the solar payback and returns look like for solar panels on your home? Many now believe that the government’s incentives have been removed for solar panel installations in the UK, making the solar energy payback period longer than desired. In reality, the incentives still stand and actually solar power is a more viable investment option than ever, [...]

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Solar Panel Performance Database in the UK

November 15, 2012
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The University of Sheffield has for the last two years been collecting and comparing renewable energy generation data from thousands of solar panels across the UK. Their website now publishes reports each month detailing how much energy is being generated across all of their registered systems. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on [...]

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Solar Radiation in the UK: Do Solar Panels really work in Scotland?

October 30, 2012

A common question among those considering the purchase of solar panels in the UK is the weather. Do the sunlight hour differences from Cornwall to Scotland make significant enough of a difference to their effectiveness? The answer may surprise those who are interested.. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin [...]

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10kWp solar PV systems in the UK: Prices, power output, and ROI

October 17, 2012
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This article provides an overview of the costs, power output, and return on investment (ROI) associated with 10kWp solar systems in the UK. With solar PV system prices falling, electricity prices rising, and support from the UK’s Solar Feed-in Tariff, now is a great time to invest in a solar PV system. Bookmark on Delicious [...]

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Solar Power Campaign to Raise Positive Awareness

October 16, 2012

A new social media campaign by the name of ‘Please Your Plug’ aims to highlight the benefits of solar power on a national scale. Following on from a tumultous year of feed in tariff reductions and ROC review announcements, the news comes as a welcome change and aims to bring together information for householders and [...]

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5kWp solar systems: Prices, output, and returns

October 2, 2012
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5kWp solar systems are becoming an increasingly more common investment for residences and businesses across the UK. With prices falling, the attractiveness of solar PV technology as an investment has improved dramatically in just the past 2 years or so. This article provides an overview of typical pricing and power outputs that a customer might expect when [...]

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4kWp solar systems: Pricing, output, and returns for the UK

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A 4kWp solar system is probably the most popular size for solar systems for homes and small businesses across the UK, and with solar power system prices falling, solar PV systems of all sizes are becoming a more and more attractive investment for homes and business-owners. This article is an overview of the typical price ranges, power [...]

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Issues with shading and solar panel arrays

September 14, 2012
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Shading is not good for solar PV system output. A shadow cast on even just part of one solar panel in your solar array can potentially impede the output of the whole solar PV system significantly. What are some ways to avoid the problem of shading on solar arrays? Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post [...]

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UK Consumers Survey Finds Solar Panels Reduce Cost of Living

August 24, 2012

Consumer Opinion Panel research outfit uSwitch.com have published results from a survey they conducted with homeowners that have installed solar panels in the UK. The survey was focused on whether people had installed solar panels, why they had done so and if their cost of living and energy bills had been affected. Some of the [...]

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Solar Selections Client Generates 4,120kWh in 1 Year from a 4kWp

July 12, 2012

Solar Selections has just been informed that one of our first clients has generated 4,120kWh from their 4kWp solar panel system in Cheshire in the first year alone. This is amazing news as the MCS standards suggest that the solar panel system should only be generating 3,431 kWh per annum. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this [...]

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Now or Never? When to install Solar Power in 2012

April 27, 2012

What can be said without hesitation is that solar power in the UK has been through a tumultuous time over the last 12 months . Rapid growth offset with grinding lows; from free solar to 20% returns on investment and megawatt installations to a solar powered bin – it’s had everything. Placing this aside what [...]

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Why does the light on my Solar Generation Meter stay on?

April 11, 2012

Those whom have had a solar installation completed upon their home or business will have noticed this strange situation before. This article quick explains why the LED (light) on your Generation Meter sometimes remains on.     Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers [...]

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Solar Power the Answer for Condensing Boiler Upgrades

March 28, 2012
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With the April 1st 2012 deadline upon us, solar power installations in the UK must now abide by the EPC requirements to access the full solar feed-in tariff rates. One of the pivotal aspects with domestic homes reaching the ‘D’ banded EPC rating is the presence of a condensing boiler. This is because in combination [...]

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Some 4kWp Systems May Now Require Pre-Approval from DNO

March 20, 2012
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When connecting a solar power system to the grid, the application process involves submission of a form to the relevant Distribution Network Operator (DNO). With systems above a certain size DNO’s are now demanding certain forms be submitted prior to installation, which has not been the case previously. Which forms and when are two important [...]

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Solar Quotes in the UK

March 19, 2012
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When it comes to comparing Solar Power Quotes, few out there know as much about the matter as Solar Selections. For years we’ve been analysing the subtle and obvious differences that exist and this helpful article will reveal what to look out for when considering your Product and Price Comparison among other quotes. Bookmark on [...]

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Find the best solar PV installation deals in the UK

March 16, 2012
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With the level of population in the UK, there is substantial potential for the UK to become a world leader in Solar PV. The UK is a great place to install a solar PV system, the 21p tariff offers returns of greater than 15%. The fact that the cost of installing a solar panel system has never been so low, [...]

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EPC Ratings Explained

February 10, 2012

With the announcement of Phase Two of the UK’s Solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT) emerging yesterday, the respective Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings and their relationship with the FiTs can now be reviewed. This article will explain what an EPC is, the ratings properties will need to access the full FiTs and how best to go [...]

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Discussing the Future of the UK Solar Industry: Part Three – A Perspective on International Investment Trends

January 4, 2012
The Future of the UK Solar Industry: International Investment Trends

Following on from our two previous reports, this article will adopt an international perspective to further analyse the future of the UK solar industry. Bloomberg New Energy Finance‘s comprehensive report and sources such as PV-Tech and EnergyTrend will be used to generate an informed and updated look at how the UK market will grow compared with other [...]

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