Solar Panels for Your Home

Berks Insulation: Your Gateway to Sustainable Living with Solar Panels under ECO4 Scheme

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At Berks Insulation, we take pride in pioneering sustainable energy solutions for a greener tomorrow. Harness the power of the sun with our cutting-edge solar panel installation services, all made affordable and accessible under the ECO4 Grant. Join us in our mission to revolutionize the way you power your home while contributing to a cleaner and healthier environment.

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What are Solar Panels?

Solar electricity panels, also known as photovoltaics (PV), are like tiny power plants right on your roof. They capture the sun's energy and convert it into electricity that you can use to power your home. By installing solar panels on your roof, you become your own electricity producer. With solar panels installed, you can minimize your reliance on the national grid. Moreover, you can lower your energy costs. In this way, you'll be generating clean, green electricity that's kind to the environment and helps combat climate change.

How Solar Panels Work

A solar PV panel is like a tiny factory that converts sunlight into electricity. It is made up of many cells containing layers of semi-conducting material, most commonly silicon. So, when the sun shines on these cells, it makes electricity by moving electrons around.

Solar Panels Work Even on Cloudy Days

Unlike conventional power plants that rely on fossil fuels, solar panels don’t need direct sunlight to work. They can even generate electricity on cloudy days. However, the amount generated will be less than on a sunny day. So, the stronger the sunlight, the more electricity is produced.

The Solar PV System

A solar PV system is made up of several panels, typically mounted on your roof. Each panel can generate around 355 watts of energy in strong sunlight. Generally, a typical system for a home might contain around 10 panels, generating direct current (DC) electricity.

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Converting DC to AC

The electricity used in homes and businesses is alternating current (AC). In order to make the DC electricity generated by the solar panels usable in your home, an inverter is installed along with the system. As a result, the inverter converts the DC electricity to AC electricity. And this electricity can then be used throughout your home. It will power your appliances and lights. In this way, you can generate more electricity than you consume and you can even export it to the grid station.

Costs of Solar Panels

The typical cost of a residential solar panel system in the UK ranges from £5,000 to £11,000. However, the exact cost depends on the number of panels required for your home. This is determined by your energy consumption. On average, most UK households spend between £6,000 and £8,000.

Solar Batteries

If you want to store surplus energy, you’ll need to purchase a solar battery. The cost of a solar battery depends on its size and capacity. A typical solar battery costs between £1,200 and £6,000.

Efficiency

The majority of domestic solar panels in the UK have an efficiency of around 15-20%. This is similar to the efficiency of solar panels worldwide. This level of efficiency is sufficient to significantly reduce your energy bills and carbon emissions.

Seasonality

The UK weather is suitable for solar panels to operate efficiently throughout most of the year, including in the winter. Solar panels can generate enough energy to power 33-51% of a home during the winter period. With a solar battery, you can even store excess electricity for a dark, winter day and increase that percentage.

Warranty

Solar panel systems typically come with a warranty lasting 25-30 years. Some manufacturers offer lifetime warranties, which guarantee that the power output of your panels will never drop below 80% of their initial efficiency.

Additional Costs

In addition to the cost of the solar panels and battery, there are a few other costs to consider when installing a solar PV system. These include:

Planning permission

You may need to obtain planning permission from your local council before installing solar panels.

Installation

The cost of installation will vary depending on the size and complexity of your system.

Maintenance

You will need to have your solar panels serviced regularly to ensure that they are working properly.

Grants for Solar Panels

To help you reduce the cost of installing solar panels, you can apply for a government grant under the ECO4 Scheme. This scheme offers low-income households the chance to replace inefficient heating systems with more eco-friendly ones. If you or anybody in your home are on government benefits, you may be eligible for these grants.

Take the First Step Towards a Sustainable Future

Ready to make the switch to solar energy? Berks Insulation is here to guide you through every step of the way. Embrace the solar revolution and become a part of a brighter, cleaner future. Contact us now to schedule a consultation and discover how you can benefit from our solar panel installation services under the ECO4 Grant.

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