Why should you install solar panels?

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Solar energy is energy that is obtained from the sun’s power and heat. This power exists whether or not we use it to generate energy in our houses. Solar panels collect the sun’s energy and converts it to electricity for use in your home.

Solar Panels

Solar panels are the most prevalent household renewable energy source in the UK, with rooftop panels being installed on many buildings across the country. Solar panels don’t require constant sunlight but ideally, need a roof that isn’t shaded. 

How do Solar Panels work?

Solar Panels are made up of many photovoltaic cells.  Silicon is present in these cells. When sunlight strikes silicon, the electrons within it begin to move about. This movement generates direct current (DC) electricity, which is subsequently transformed to alternating current (AC).  This AC electricity is then utilised to power our houses and businesses.

Why should you install solar panels?

  • Lower your electricity bill – Because solar energy is free, after your panels are installed, you won’t have to pay anything else. You can cut your energy bills by up to £400. Furthermore, if you create more electricity than you consume, you may profit by selling it back to the grid.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint – It’s a completely renewable energy source that doesn’t release emissions, degrade the environment, or make noise once it’s been manufactured. By using solar energy, you are cutting your carbon footprint and playing your part in tackling climate change.
  • Easy to install and maintain – Solar panels can last for over 30 years and with no moving parts, there’s less that could break. This means that once installed, there is little maintenance that needs to be done.
  • Reducing air and noise pollution – Solar panels are silent and the silicon used in the panels is non-toxic. By using solar energy, you’re not just decreasing carbon emissions, you’re also reducing air pollution, which is a huge worldwide issue.

Renewable Energy…

In 2019 the UK became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050. The target will require the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050.

One of the primary areas where we need to minimise emissions to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 is power generation. This will require a shift to cleaner energy sources which has already begun. Solar panels are a major contributor towards this shift along with other renewable sources such as tidal and wind.

In 2010, renewable energy provided only 7% of the UK’s electricity. However, in 2020 renewable energy made up 42% of the UK’s electricity and overtook electricity generated from gas and coal plants for the first time which generated 41%.

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