Atlantic Renewables are a fully qualified and experienced team of Solar Panel installers based at our offices in Cheshire. This web page provides information on Solar PV or Solar photovoltaics (PV) which use the sun's energy to produce a current (known as Direct current or DC) with photovoltaic cells. Photovoltaic cells are made up from layers of semi-conducting material, usually silicon. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric field across the layers. The stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced.
Although Cheshire might not be the sunniest or brightest place on Earth, these cells don't need direct sunlight to work as they can still generate optimum amounts of electricity even on a cloudy day in Cheshire. Whether you are interested in finding out a bit more about how much solar panels cost or if you interested in a firm quote and free survey Atlantic Renewables are here to help.
The electricity produced by the solar panels is then converted into power that can be used within the building. This is carried out by an inverter, which converts the DC electricity to AC. During daylight hours the energy from the solar panels can be used to supply your building appliances, replacing electricity you would otherwise purchase from your supplier.
Under the Feed In Tariff (FIT) scheme you are paid for all electricity you produce regardless of whether you use it or not. This is at a rate guaranteed by your electricity provider, with an additional export tariff also being paid for 50% of what is produced (your provider assumes you use 50% of the panels electricity).
To get the most out of the electricity that your panels produce, it's best to use large household appliances like dishwashers and washing machines during the day to take advantage of the free electricity generated.
Types of Solar PV Panels:
- Mono crystalline
- Poly Crystalline
- Acrylic Resin
Solar PV Explained
Solar Panels transform daylight into electricity, which homeowners can then turn in to earnings and energy savings thanks to Feed-In Tariffs (FITs).
The sun's energy is absorbed by solar cells in photovoltaic (PV) panels before being converted into electricity. This can then be used in the home or fed back into the national grid.
How does Solar PV work?
Daylight causes an electric field across layers of silicon in the cells, creating an electric current. Within seconds of reaching the earth's surface, photons from the sun energizes electrons in the panels, which can then power devices in homes across the country.
Home Solar panel systems are hooked up to the national grid so that any extra electricity created by a Solar panel system can be passed through to the national grid. A fee is then paid by the electricity company for every kWh supplied.
Your home will also be fitted with a monitoring device to keep track of the total amount of electricity generated by your PV panel Solar system.
A solar Photovoltaic system (solar PV) can not only reduce bills but also help improve grid independence. As a technology, Solar PV is extremely versatile and adaptable. A standard Solar PV system can be connected to batteries at very little cost, either as part of the of the original installation or as a retrofit. A Solar electric system connected to a battery works by charging a lithium-ion battery during the day; during peak hours of electricity generation and then discharges electricity at night during peak demand.
Solar panels do not need direct sunlight to function and, even on a cloudy day, will generate electricity. And so, as the daylight hours pass, your earnings will increase.
If you are interested in a Solar PV quotation Atlantic Renewables can provide you with a free solar design and installation service from our offices in Cheshire. We have a working solar PV and solar thermal system at our offices in Cheshire, which customers can come and inspect. This is an all black monocrystalline Hyundai Solar Panel array and a flat plate solar thermal collector, providing out hot water year round. Customers can also look at our online solar monitoring device, which is connected via blue tooth to the German SMA Sunny Boy Inverter.
Call Atlantic Renewables on 0161 207 4044 or use our online form to receive a free, no-obligation solar power quote.