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The German Solar Feed-in Tariff: Setting the Example

December 9, 2011
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Before the turn of the millennium, the government of Germany initiated a fairly new method to promoting renewable energy uptake in the country and spreading the costs out over time and the community. The Feed-in Tariffs were a concept yet to be fully realised in the world, and whilst initial information suggested they could be an [...]

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Electricity Price Inflation

December 9, 2011
Electricity Prices to Rise Across the UK

One of the key reasons for installing a solar panel system is to insure ones self against the current electricity price inflation rates. However, not many of us are aware of just how severe these rates have been and how much worse they are going get. This article reveals the inflation of electricity prices over [...]

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Commercial Solar Energy Systems: An Introductory Guide

December 6, 2011
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Commercial solar energy systems are exciting prospects. Established to provide energy security for large corporate sites, small to mid scale power supply for remote operational energy, solar farming or purely investment interests, commercial solar power is big business. In places like the United States and Germany millions of pounds have been invested and made by [...]

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Industry Bodies in the UK Solar Market

November 30, 2011

Within the UK Solar Industry there are a number important organisations that are worth understanding. Of influence to a wide range of facets such as lobbying, government incentives and accreditation standards, their operations are of use to contractors, businesses and also to potential or current customers. This page will outline who they are and why [...]

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FAQ: Connecting Your Solar Energy System to the Grid

October 26, 2011

There is a unique process that needs to take place when one installs a solar power system on their property in the aim of claiming the UK’s Feed-in Tariff (FiT). This helpful guide will chronologically examine what that is and provide a checklist for claiming the all important FiT and installing a system properly. Bookmark [...]

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FAQ: How do I Size my Solar Energy System?

October 24, 2011

The process of installing a solar energy system on your property should follow a relatively consistent path. The variety of panel brands, inverters, installation companies and electricity retailers paying your tariffs may differ, but the essential points of establishing feasibility and suitability should always be present. This article will follow on from previous entries regarding [...]

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REAL Deposit and Advanced Payment Insurance Scheme

October 21, 2011

If you are worried about what will happen to your deposit if the solar power supplier that you have placed an order with ceases to trade, look no further. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on [...]

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‘Made in China’: How Country of Origin Affects Solar Components

October 19, 2011

One of the most hotly debated topics in any industry is quality control with regards to a product’s origin. From the stereotypes surrounding Italian sports cars and Egyptian cotton, entire industries have been affected by the consensus on these assumptions. The solar industry is not above such generalisations here in the UK, with Chinese, German, [...]

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FAQ: Why do solar panel system prices differ so much?

Apples and apples: Solar Installer Comparisons October 18, 2011

This is the first of our new Frequently Asked Questions articles, addressing some of the common queries that are raised by people looking to install solar energy systems in the UK. This article will look at the very frequently questioned matter on why different installers quotes can have such large price disparities. Does it really [...]

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FAQ: Which type of solar panels are best for your needs?

October 7, 2011

  “What type of solar panels are the best?” This is one of the first questions usually asked by people who are in the market for a solar photovoltaic (PV) energy system, but it is a question that needs some qualification, as the answer really depends on a number of factors. None of the most [...]

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Solar Energy: Photovoltaic Power Generation Explained

October 6, 2011

It can be easy to allow oneself to be caught up in the comparisons of different solar panel brands and installers when considering a solar installation, forgetting the simple genius  behind what is really going on. The harnessing of the suns energy through solar panels is a marvelous thought to behold, and this article will pay [...]

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Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)

October 5, 2011
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The primary accreditation and quality control organisation for solar energy installers in the United Kingdom is the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). This report will briefly explain who they are and what they do. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe [...]

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Solar Installers: Who They Are and What They Do

October 5, 2011

More certified solar energy installation companies than ever before are now operating across the UK. The government’s Feed-in Tariff has proven the catalyst for a huge increase in their numbers, and as demand continues to rise this is only increasing. So who are these companies and where did they come from? What kind of accreditations [...]

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Solar Energy Quotes: A Checklist of Information

October 4, 2011
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Sourcing a various number of options when making consumer decisions has become a necessary part of purchasing for many people in the Western world. Considering the vast number of car makes, phone brands and broadband companies all vying for customers, it makes sense to do your research and compare the various offers available. So when [...]

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The Truth on Solar Panel Efficiency

October 3, 2011

Many of us spend a lot of time researching which solar panels we want to to invest in. There are a number of characteristics that we should be considering; however, the key indicator seems to be solar panel efficiency. It seems that the UK market has an obsession with panel efficiency and I just want us to ask ourselves why. Bookmark [...]

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The UK’s Solar Energy Tariffs: A Beginner’s Guide

October 3, 2011
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There are entire websites and journals set up to explain how the United Kingdom’s Solar Energy Feed-In Tariff operates. This article is written by way of introduction to the scheme, aimed at helping newcomers to the Solar Industry understand what is on offer, who can claim it and how long it’s available for.  Bookmark on [...]

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Solar panel tilt and orientation in the UK

Solar Panel Installation: How Tilt, Shading and Orientation Affect Performance

October 3, 2011

There are a number of factors that come into play when installing solar energy panels. Some of these aspects are incredibly important in ensuring consistent maximum output over the seasons. A properly accredited Micro Generation Scheme (MCS) Solar Energy Installer is trained on the differences between panel tilt, location and orientation. However, it never pains [...]

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Your Product and Price Comparison Explained

September 29, 2011

Once you receive your Product and Price Comparison from one of our Solar Selections Brokers, you’re likely to have a quick look over it. Whilst there is a lot of information to find, the display used allows you to quickly and easily compare one installer’s quote with another. It’s been individually generated for you by [...]

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