If you are considering purchasing solar panels to supply your home’s electricity, there are many benefits that come with this, these include:
- They can reduce your carbon footprint by up to 1 ton of carbon a year as solar energy is clean and renewable. As a green consumer this is incredibly important when looking at ways to lower your personal CO2 emissions.
- They can create a significant cut in the costs of your energy bills, saving you roughly £165 to £405 per year. As solar energy is a renewable source, if you generate electricity at your own home the electricity generated is free.
- Providing you meet certain criteria, you may be able to make money if you put your unused electricity back into the National Grid, through the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) scheme. This government-backed initiative requires some electricity suppliers, who are SEG Licensees, to pay you for the low-carbon electricity you pump back into the National Grid
- In most cases planning permission is unnecessary as solar panels tend to be classed as permitted developments. In some cases, it may be best to check with your local council. Just remember that after they have been installed you register them with your Distribution Network Operator (DNO)
- They don’t need direct sunlight to generate electricity. Even on cloudy days they will continue to generate electricity
- If installed correctly, your solar panels will require very little maintenance to keep them generating electricity
- If you maintain your solar panels correctly, they should last around 25 years