Solar Photovoltaic

The feed in tariff (FiT) was set up in April 2009 as a way for the government to try and reach its targets for carbon reduction. By obliging electricity utility companies to buy renewable electricity at a tax-free fixed price for a guaranteed fixed number of years, renewable installations become more cost effective. A feed in tariff is effectively a subsidy designed to increase the exploitation of renewable energy sources, and to help the government to meet their carbon reduction obligations.

To qualify for the Feed in tariff, an installation has to be carried out by a MCS registered installer, using MCS approved products.

The FiT is paid for every kWh of electricity that is generated regardless of whether you use it in your property.

A further payment based on an assumed export on to the grid of 50% of generation, both these payments are for a 20 year period, paid quarterly. The payments are also adjusted in line with inflation each April.

You can use any or all of the electricity that is generated by your system, which means savings on your electricity bill.

Commercial PV

Green Home Energy Solutions design and install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for commercial projects, whether they are newbuild or retrofit. From a small micro system on a barn or small office building, all projects are currently covered by the feed-in tariff. Each of our systems are individually designed for our clients, selecting the most suitable materials. Our range of products can accommodate all budgets. We select products for our solar photovoltaic range with great diligence to ensure they will perform for the lifetime of the installation and they are all manufactured to operate in the UK climate to maximize solar output and return on investment.

We provide a 10 year warranty on labour and each installation has a power output guarantee for 25 years.

We have designed systems for flats as well as pitched roofs, roofs constructed of various materials other than tiles including composite, zipped seam and metal clad; as well as ground mounted systems.

Newbuild Projects

We welcome submission of plans or drawings for your newbuild project at an early stage in the project to give our specialists the opportunity to advise on the optimum size of system you require, and the type of panel, slate or tile that would best suit the location and style of roof. We will work with your architect and project manager to recommend amendments to the property design, for example to remove obstacles that will shade the solar array thus reducing output. We will ensure that a reasonable area on the roof has been specified as too small an array will reduce, or eliminate the opportunity to recoup your investment.

Retrofit Projects

No two buildings are identical when it comes to the installation of a solar PV system. Every single one of our projects, no matter what the size, is unique. Before making any preliminary recommendations regarding product or price, we will always visit the site in order to carry out a detailed survey. Only then will we prepare a design tailored to meet your requirements to maximise output and achieve the best possible financial return on investment. We will design a solar array that will best suit the space available and the prevailing conditions, not to mention, budget. Should the building be undergoing extensive refurbishment, including a new roof, we may suggest installing tiles, slates or an in-roof system.

Agricultural and Farming Solar PV Projects

Farm and agricultural buildings can also benefit from a bespoke solar PV installation from Green Home Energy Solutions. Whether your farm has the capacity to house a ground mounted solar panel installation, or you can take advantage of the roof space on your barn buildings, you can make a great investment!

Overview

Quite simply, PV (or photovoltaic) panels use daylight and convert it into electricity.

Panels are made up of a number of "cells" made of a semi-conducting material, usually silicon. When photons from sunlight hit the cell, it displaces electrons, causing an electrical potential difference, and this in turn causes current to flow. This electricity is captured by metallic tabs in the cell.

The panels are wired together to form an "array" on the roof, and these are wired to an inverter which changes the Direct Current (DC) electricity to Alternating Current (AC), so it can be used in the building. If during the day you generate more electricity than you are using, then any excess will flow back to the grid.

PV panels work all year round during daylight hours, even on dull and overcast days as they use the light from the sun rather than direct sunlight

The benefits of solar electricity

  • Cut your electricity bills: sunlight is free, so once you've paid for the initial installation your electricity costs will be reduced.
  • Get paid for the electricity you generate: the government's Feed-In Tariffs pay you for the electricity you generate, even if you use it.
  • Sell electricity back to the grid: if your system is producing more electricity than you need, or when you can't use it, you can sell the surplus back to the grid. Read more about feed-in tariffs and selling electricity.
  • Cut your carbon footprint: solar electricity is green, renewable energy and doesn't release any harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) or other pollutants. A typical home solar PV system could save over a tonne of CO2 per year