Solar Energy Guide

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Solar energy can be a confusing subject, so we've put together the following Solar Energy Guide to help you chose the right solution.

To start with, you may be interested in the solar energy frequently asked questions and our unique infographic which shows the history of solar PV subsidies in the UK.

We also have simple diagrams explaining how solar PV works and how the feed-in tariff works.

Please visit the Solar Energy Calculator to work out how much money you can make from installing solar photovoltaic panels, and the Energy Saving Trust website for the latest solar feed in tariff rates.

Then, if you're thinking of investing in solar photovoltaics (or PV for short) to generate your own electricity you should read up on the different types of solar PV and before you go looking for the cheapest possible quote, read our article: The cheapest solar installation is not the best to understand what you should be looking for.

With so many Solar Installers springing up on the MCS register every day it's hard to know who to trust. Use our map to find your local solar installer and when phoning for quotes make sure to ask:

  • How long they have been established, when they joined MCS (the Microgeneration Certification Scheme - the body which allows them to install systems which qualify for the Feed-in Tariff), and how many installations they have performed
  • The length of the "Workmanship warranty" they offer, because your PV panel "power warranty" will not be worth anything if the panels fall off the roof!
  • Check that the energy generation figures they are quoting you are based on SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure)

Once you have had solar PV installed you may want to think about monitoring your solar energy production and what happens if you have an old electricity meter which runs backwards.

Contact Us for help, to ask a question, or for us to recommend an installer.

Did you know?

  • Enough sunlight falls on the earth every hour to meet the world’s energy demands for an entire year.
  • The sun will not run out of fuel for 5 billion years!
  • It takes 8 minutes 19 seconds for light to travel from the sun’s surface to earth.
  • Albert Einstein won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his experiments with solar energy and photovoltaics.
  • If we covered a small fraction of the Sahara desert with photovoltaic cells, we could generate all the world’s electricity requirements.