Solar power is an abundant, renewable, and clean source of energy for your home

Solar power has become a serious competitor to all forms of traditional energy. In the past few years, solar energy has become a more popular option for people looking to save money and go green.

So, what makes solar panels so great and why is everyone deciding to go solar? Well, for a start, solar energy is clean, abundant and renewable.

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What are solar panels?

Solar panels, also known as photovoltaics (PV), capture the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity for use in your home.

Solar energy is a technology that harnesses the power of the sun to generate electricity. It is arguably one of the most important innovations in renewable energy because
it uses a clean, inexhaustible fuel source as its main input. [1]

A solar panel is made up of solar cells. A large number of small solar cells spread across a large area can work together to generate enough power to be useful. The more light that strikes a cell, the more electricity it produces.

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Why switch to solar energy?

The use of solar power for domestic purposes is gaining traction and for many good reasons, most notably, the current climate crisis we are facing globally has called for establishing newer and more innovative methods of being eco friendly in many aspects of our lives.

Solar energy is an increasingly viable option for people looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

The fact that solar panels don’t require gas, coal or oil to generate electricity makes them an attractive option for many homeowners and businesses. You can save money on your electric bill, and there’s a feel-good factor about helping the environment. The initial cost of solar power can be offset against the incredible savings to be had in the long term. In some areas of the country, it’s actually cheaper than fossil fuel-based energy as well.

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There are many different types of solar panels that can be installed on your home or building and depending on where you live in the country, there may be government tax credits available.

Solar PV panels are worth considering if you have a primarily south-facing roof with little or no shade and are not planning on moving anytime soon.

Although a south-facing roof produces the most power, south-west or south-east-facing roof should suffice. How much energy you can generate with solar panels – and thus how much money you can make – is determined by:

The angle of your roof’s tilt and its orientation in relation to where you live: For example, the South West receives more sunlight than the North, which may have an impact on the amount of electricity generated by your system, though not significantly.

However, if you haven’t already installed solar panels on your house or business, there are some important factors that you should consider before making the purchase.

Scaffolding will most likely be required if the solar panels are to be installed on your roof. The panels could be installed in less than a day once the scaffolding is in place. Roofers will attach the fixing brackets to your roof’s rafters, which is why a proper surveyor should go into your loft to inspect the roof and rafters. After that, the solar panels will be clamped to the mounting brackets.

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