Looking at the types of Solar & the basic Science
One of the most interesting and up and coming markets in the United Kingdom is the home solar panel market as it has seen a huge rise in popularity over the past two years. This extremely beneficial new technology is now incorporated into thousands of homes across the country and has a great ecological benefit over previous forms of electricity supply. In this article we have decided to have a brief look at what this new technology entails and also offers you in return for the initial outlay. Solar panel systems use the suns energy to power up photovoltaic cells which in turn provide the owner with a free source of electricity.
Some of the benefits of having these panels installed are you will dramatically decrease your electricity bills without having to cut down on your consumption which can save you hundreds of pounds each year. Another advantage is that if you ever have any surplus energy you can then negotiate a deal to sell this surplus power back to the national grid which again provides you with another return on your initial outlay. Please see below for more knowledge surrounding the latest Solar News.
One of the most beneficial points of having these complex systems installed is that it will cut your households carbon footprint down considerably in as much as thirty tonnes worth of carbon footprint per lifetime. On average for those who have these panels fitted the owner will be able to resell around eight hundred pounds worth of electricity back to the grid each year which can cover the cost of having these systems installed within a few years. The cost of these systems can vary depending on supplier but on average in the United Kingdom the cost of having a system installed is around the ten thousand pound mark in most areas. The Guardian News paper has a selection of informative resources for the latest Environment News in the UK. There are hundreds of courses that cover science, one we recommend is the Environmental Science Degree at Bangor University.
The cost will mostly depend on the type of system that you wish to install as the up scale ones offer a much higher electricity production rate whereas the lower end do not offer as much in this way. The middle scale solar panel systems will produce close to the 3kWp area where as the larger systems can generate anything between the 4kWp and 5kWp area. There are also dual systems which are available which offer not only the function of collecting energy for electricity but also where they can be used for all the households water based heating and power. The system will be installed with an element in the boiler which will power your hot water, showers and heating with no need for gas to be installed which can be very beneficial as this again saves you a huge amount each year. Additional resources of interest can be found on the UK Governments Environment and Greener Living website. For Australian Solar resources, we recommend a visit to the Australian Climate Change resources, in particular the Solar Schools program that has been flagged as a highly effective mechanism to encourage solar technology.
The panels themselves can be installed wherever you wish them to be but in general you will find that they are installed on the top of your homes roof. This offers the best collection point for the panels which will not only collect energy on sunny days but also if the sky is overcast as the suns rays still penetrate easily. All in all this new technology is not only beneficial to the owners pocket and household costs but also extremely beneficial to the climate as the more energy we can generate through this process and in some cases sell back then the less the national grid will need to use our natural resources to provide us with power.
Additional Resources – The Website for National Renewable Energy Laboratory – http://www.nrel.gov/
2nd Video added on the 14th May 2020