How it works

Thanks to the development of the UK Feed In Tariff system, domestic solar energy users can even make money from their investment by selling any excess energy their systems generate back to the energy companies. So how does this remarkable system work?

When you install solar panels and you get paid a ‘feed-in tariff’ for the energy produced, even if you use it yourself. The tariff you get depends on when your panels are fully installed and registered. Once you’ve done that, your rate’s guaranteed for 20 years.

The science bit is as follows, the Solar PV panels convert light into electricity, which you can use to power your home during daylight hours. Any energy you don’t use is sent back to the grid. So if you use more than the panels generate, the excess comes off the grid, exactly as it did before the panels were fitted.

During the winter months you’ll most likely take more power from the grid so it’s a good idea to set appliances to run while it’s light outside, staggering them to maximise your savings.

You usually need a roof that faces roughly within 45 degrees of south, with a due South facing roof at a 30º slope being the optimal with no shade from other buildings or trees. Some early or late shading can be ok but the roof should be generally unshaded between 10am and 4pm. 

The Energy Saving Trust estimates a typical 4kWp system can save at least int the region of £125 off a family’s bills each year. Electricity prices are predicted to rise massively over the next 20 years, which means the amount you save would be a huge bonus.

Don’t just take our word for it see what TV’s Martin Lewis the original Money Saving expert has to say about Solar PV and how good an investment it can be for you. moneysavingexpert

Eden Power will install a specific range of solar roof panels to suit your needs. Our fully qualified PV installers are happy to fit anything from a single solar panel to a full photovoltaic array. Contact us today on 01743 861004 for details of how we can help you take advantage of clean, renewable solar energy.