Compare solar panel deals in Southampton, UK

by Solar Selections on December 19, 2012

Southampton solar power - Compare deals

Thanks to its relatively sunny climate, Southampton is one of the best places in the UK to install solar panels for both homes and businesses. The following article is an overview of everything you need to know about solar panels in general and solar power in Southampton, UK in particular, as well as how Solar Selections can help you compare solar panel deals from installers there.

Going solar in Southampton: Get rewarded for producing clean energy

Solar panels can save you and your household or business money by 1) allowing you to reduce your electricity bill by producing power so that you don’t have to buy it from the grid and 2) allowing you to be paid in the form of credits on your power bill for each unit of power that you produce. This is known as a feed-in tariff. The more power your system produces, the more money you save. Luckily, Southampton has some of the best solar irradiation in the whole of the UK, so solar systems are an excellent investment option there.

Why are there government incentives for solar power?

The UK government has introduced the feed-in tariff to encourage the uptake of solar photovoltaics (PV) by rewarding those who install systems and produce power so that it can meet its 2020 target of nearly 30% of the power in the UK coming from renewable sources. There are numerous good reasons for this, including energy security, the environment, and to protect against price volatility in conventional fuels such as coal and natural gas.

Have I missed the boat on subsidies? Yes and no, but it doesn’t matter.

Since 2010, the feed-in tariff has resulted in a massive boom in solar PV across the country. Subsequent scaling back of initial generous subsidies has lead to something of a crash, which has lead to increased competition and lower system installation prices–not all bad for the end customer.

The fact is that now is still a great time for Southamptoners to invest in solar. Although the subsidies are now indeed lower, the price of solar power has come down such that payback periods are relatively unchanged since the heady honeymoon days of the feed-in tariff. Additionally, the fact that the price of power is rising–seemingly inexorably–means that the savings that solar systems offer will increase year upon year.

Solar panels are now the most affordable type of renewable energy system for homes. In particular, free solar panel schemes have helped to make the technology more commercially accessible than ever before. Businesses, investors, and households have all been part of the action, and all driven by the business case of going solar. (A 4kWp solar system, for example, can save a household over £700 per year on electricity bills.)

(For more a more detailed explanation, please read: Payback periods and return on investment for solar systems in the UK.)

How to find the best solar panel deals in Southampton

Making sure that you get the best out of your solar system means first making sure that you’ve found a good deal. This is where Solar Selections can help. We offer our customers free, impartial advice and comprehensive Solar Quote Comparisons. We are the UK’s free Solar Brokering and advice service, working with a network of over 50 solar installers nationwide. This puts us in a unique position in the UK’s solar market and enables us to help our customers navigate it skillfully themselves as well.

See what we have to offer. Request a Solar Product & Price Comparison today by quickly filling out the form to the right of this page, or call by calling us on 020 7205 2267.

Phone: 020 7205 2267

© 2012 Solar Selections

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