The adoption of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in domestic homes has undergone a remarkable surge in recent months. Solar panels on your roof can help with power bills which are going through the roof (pun intended).  More and more homeowners are recognising the benefits of harnessing clean, renewable energy from the sun to power their homes. 

This is a quick delve into the world of solar PV and battery systems for domestic dwellings, exploring the advantages, installation process, and the positive impact it can have on both  the environment and your electricity bill.

Advantages of Solar PV in Domestic Homes

  1. Reduced Energy Bills: Solar PV and battery systems allow homeowners to generate their electricity, significantly reducing or even eliminating their reliance on grid-supplied power. This can lead to substantial long-term savings on energy bills.

  2. Environmental Benefits: Solar power is a clean and sustainable energy source that produces no greenhouse gas emissions or air pollutants. By going solar, homeowners contribute to a reduction in their carbon footprint and help combat climate change.

  3. Energy Independence: Solar panels provide homeowners with a degree of energy independence, solar energy is used by the house as it is generated and any spare power is stored in a battery for use later when it gets dark. 

  4. Financial Incentives: Solar PV and battery systems are currently at the time of writing 0% rated for VAT on both the materials and the installation costs.

  5. Increase in Home Value: Solar PV and battery systems can enhance the resale value of a property. Homebuyers are increasingly interested in energy-efficient homes with lower operating costs.

Installation Process

Installing solar PV in your home involves several key steps:

  1. Site Assessment: As I qualified and MCS certificated engineer I will assess your property’s suitability for solar panels, considering factors such as roof orientation, shading, and available space.

  2. System Design: Based on the assessment, I will design a solar PV system tailored to your energy needs. This design includes the number of panels, their placement, and the type of inverter and battery required.

  3. Grid Permission: I will handle the necessary authorisation required for the installation, ensuring compliance with UK Power Networks requirements.

  4. Installation: The solar panels inverter, battery and wiring, are installed on your property by myself and my team of specially chosen roofers. This process typically takes a few days, depending on the system’s complexity.

  5. Commissioning: Your solar PV system is connected to the electrical grid and full electrical testing and certification is undertaken.

  6. MCS Compliance: As a certified Microgeneration Certification Scheme member all of my solar PV and battery installations are certified to the requirements of the MCS and an MCS certificate is issued.  Without this certificate you cannot sell your power to the grid and you may have issues if you come to sell your house.  MCS is a guarantee of quality.

  7. Warrantee: All MCS certified installations have a minimum 2 year warrantee that is backed by an insurance policy that you hold.  

A Positive Impact on Your Wallet and the Environment

Solar PV in fitted to your home will have several positive outcomes:

  1. Savings: Over time, the energy generated by your solar panels can lead to significant savings on your electricity bills. 

  2. Environmental Contribution: By using clean energy, you’re reducing your carbon footprint and contributing to a healthier planet. 

  3. Energy Security: Solar PV systems provide a degree of energy security, ensuring a stable source of electricity and if required the battery can be configured to keep vital circuits on during power outages.

  4. Return on Investment: While there is an initial cost associated with installation, the long-term savings and potential for income generation make solar PV an excellent investment for homeowners.

Solar PV and battery systems are more advantageous now than ever before.  As the world strives for cleaner, more sustainable energy solutions, harnessing the power of the sun at home is a practical and eco-friendly choice.  It’s a win-win situation for homeowners looking to save money on energy bills while contributing to a greener, more sustainable future, and if you drive and electric car you could be doing miles and miles on nothing but sunshine!

If you’re considering solar PV for your home, I would be happy to give a no obligation solar calculation and installation quote so you can see the projected generation and weigh up the feasibility of starting your own journey toward a more sustainable energy home.

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