Solar panels in Yorkshire, UK: Costs and benefits

by Solar Selections on December 12, 2012

Solar panels Yorkshire UK

Yorkshire is a good place to invest in a solar PV system thanks to record-low prices, rising electricity rates, and the UK’s feed-in tariff. Let Solar Selections help you compare solar panels in Yorkshire and choose the solar system that best suit your needs.

What are the benefits of installing solar panels in Yorkshire?

How solar power works:

In order to find the best deal on solar panels in Yorkshire, UK, it is useful to first have a basic understanding of how solar photovoltaic (PV) systems work and how your location and climate might influence the system’s productivity.

The basics of solar power are fairly easy to grasp: Sunlight strikes the solar panels, which in turn convert the light into electricity–DC (direct current) electricity, to be exact. This DC electricity is then converted into AC (alternating current) electricity, which is the type of electricity used by the electrical grid and by most electrical devices commonly used in homes and offices. In areas with more sun, solar panels produce more electricity. So unlike conventional power generation, no liquid or solid fuel is necessary for it to function, and there is therefore no waste product created in solar energy generation.

How the Yorkshire sun can save you money

The UK government, in order to support solar power and other renewables, has introduced a UK-wide incentive for power produced by solar panels, wind turbines, and hydropower, among others. This incentive mechanism, called a ‘feed-in tariff’, essentially pays for each unit (kilowatt-hour or kWh) of electricity produced by these systems, plus a little bit more if that power is sent into the electricity grid. This is credited onto the electricity bills of households and businesses, thereby saving them money.

System owners stand to save further by endeavouring to use as much of this power as possible while it is being produced (i.e. when the sun is shining). This ‘self-consumption’ of solar power means that there is a reduced need to purchase money from electricity retails, which translates into even further savings on power bills.

Yorkshire Solar Park

 

A solar park in Yorkshire. (Image via Yorkshire Post.)

At this point in time, solar panels are the most affordable type of small-scale renewable energy genration, so they are proving extremely popular among homeowners and small and medium businesses. Free solar panel schemes have made the technology more accessible than every before, thanks to eliminating the up-front costs associated with systems. Large-scale investors are even getting in on the game, developing solar parks and solar farms across the UK. The most popular system size among most homeowners, however, is a 4 kilowatt-peak (kWp) system. A typical 4kWp solar system can save a household over £700 a year off the cost of electricity

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

Find the best solar system deals in Yorkshire

Solar systems are a great investment, but getting the most out of them means first finding a system that strikes the right balance between affordability and quality. This means shopping around and comparing installers, products, and systems, which can be difficult and confusing. How can you be confident you’ve found the best solar PV system deal in Yorkshire?

This is where Solar Selections come into our own. We offer our customers free, impartial advice and comprehensive Solar Quote Comparisons. As the UK’s free Solar Brokering and advice service, Solar Selections are able to introduce our customers to reputable installers that operate in their area–anywhere in the UK, including Yorkshire.

We work with a network of over 50 solar installers nationwide, giving us a unique perspective on the UK solar market. This enables us to introduce our customers to top-notch installers in Yorkshire, or anywhere else in the UK.

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.

sales@solarselections.co.uk

Phone: 020 7205 2267

© 2012 Solar Selections

Top image by Andy Barrett, via Wikipedia

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