Solar panels in Leeds, UK: The benefits of going solar

by James Martin II on November 29, 2012

The benefits of solar panels in Leeds, UK

Solar panels are becoming an increasingly attractive investment all across the United Kingdom, thanks mainly to the falling cost of technology and government support for renewable energy in the form of feed-in tariffs. This article is an overview of the benefits of going solar in Leeds.

Why invest in solar panels in Leeds?

Solar panels aren’t just good for the environment–they’re also good for your wallet

For the last few years, the UK government has been making significant if somewhat erratic efforts to increase the uptake proportion of renewables such as solar in the nation’s energy mix–specifically 20% renewables by 2020. This is being done both for environmental as well as energy security reasons. One of the main ways that the government is undertaking this task is by incentivising ordinary people to invest in renewable energy–particularly solar photovoltaics (PV).

Despite the ups and downs of government incentives for solar power in the UK, solar PV technology is still proving itself to be a smart place for homes and businesses to invest their money. And even though the conventional wisdom is that the UK suffers from a chronic lack of sunshine and is therefore unsuitable for broad-scale deployment of solar PV systems, data from the University of Sheffield shows that solar panels function even better than expected in cloudy and foggy conditions–solar panels are even a worthwhile investment in supposedly sun-starved Scotland.

If you are a homeowner in Leeds, installing a typical 4kWp solar system could save you hundreds of pounds per year on electricity bills thanks to the relatively low up-front cost of a system and the UK government’s feed-in tariff for solar systems.  Returns on investment (ROI) for such a system at current prices are in the range of 15-22% annually, and typical payback periods are around 5-6 years. Similarly attractive ROIs await business and property owners looking for safe investments. (Read more about ROI and paybacks for solar panels or download the ROI calculator at the bottom of this page for more info.)

What do you need to know to choose the right solar system in Leeds?

In order to make an informed decision on a solar system, it’s important to understand what options are available and what the differences are between the various installers and products that you will come across. Some people may be in the market for a more cost-effective system, whilst others may be considering a higher-end solution. Whichever it is, it’s key to know what you’re getting, and it’s extremely helpful to have a trusted 3rd party that you can speak to knowing that they won’t try to push you into a sale. This is where Solar Selections can benefit you.

Solar Selections is a free service that operates throughout the UK–including Leeds. Working with a network of 40 of the top solar installers across the nation, we offer impartial advice about going solar as well as detailed Solar Quote Comparisons that allow our customers to compare installer offerings at a glance. Get in touch with us today if you’re considering going solar.

Among the questions we can help you answer are:

What size solar system is right for you?

What type of solar panels are best for you?

What is a reasonable return on investment to expect from the system?

For more, read our residential solar power FAQ.

Download a solar system return on investment calculator for Leeds

How to use the calculator:

1. Download the Solar Selections Leeds solar system ROI calculator (Excel spreadsheet file)

2. Request a Solar Quote Comparison of the solar system installers in your area to obtain system prices,

3. Alter the variables in the light blue boxes in the spreadsheet (system size, system price, etc) in to reflect your situation and calculate system Return on Investment (ROI).

(You may also open the file in Google Docs if you have a Google account.)

*Calculator outputs are indicative only–please keep in mind that electricity rates and Feed-in Tariff rates may change over time.

Top image by andrew_roberts_UK, via Wikipedia.

© 2012 Solar Selections

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