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About Solar Energy
In a nutshell, when energy is released from the sun, it showers our planet in a broad spectrum of radiation which can be harvested and converted to electrical energy using a series of manmade solar cells, or 'photovoltaic (PV) panels'.
Solar energy can be used to offset the quantity of energy a household or business demands from the national grid, thus decreasing your electricity bill. Clearly, the more energy you can produce, the greater this potential offset will be. But this also depends on whether you are able to utilise what's being produced effectively, otherwise you will probably see much of your yield flood back to the grid. Battery systems help you avoid this by maximising your self-consumption - you can read more about this here.
Solar Energy - what is it?
How can it help myself or my business?
Secondly, it will reduce your carbon footprint. It's a pretty easy to make a positive argument that adopting a solar energy solution does great things to ensure you're doing your bit to protect the planet.
Sounds great! But what does design and installation involve?
We have a page dedicated to explaining how we like to work to deliver you a bill-busting solar energy solution. Check it out here.
How will solar panels affect my roof?
There are three main methods for roof installation in a domestic setting:
Roof integrated or 'in roof' - panels are mounted on PVC frames which sit directly on top of the inner roof surface, much the same as your slates or tiles. This configuration looks great because as it sits much more flush with the roof surface. It best suited to new roofs as once the frames are seated, a roofer can simply tile around the array.
Flat roof - There a numerous fixing arrangements for flat roofs. One of the easiest and most common method for installation is using panel 'bins'. These are weighed down with ballast and arrest the panels with fixings. The have a reasonably low profile and achieve the objectives in most cases.
Frame mounted or 'on roof' - in this configuration the solar panels sit on a frame, proud of the roof surface. The frame itself is attached to the roof structure by removing select tiles to gain a fixing point at appropriate intervals. This set up is more common in retrofit systems, where the roof is already tiled. It has the benefit of allowing good ventilation behind the panels - this assists with panel operating efficiency.
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