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PV (photovoltaic) solar panels and today's incentives for the United Kingdom

PV solar panels remain an exciting prospect for households looking for a permanent solution to the problem of escalating energy costs.

PV solar incentives.

PV solar panel incentives, grants and tariffs.

In a nutshell.

Today, PV panel prices have halved while the outlook for UK energy prices is going the same way as rail fares.

This technology gives you 30 plus years of operation. This allowed the 'first' solar farms to be built without government help with homeowners following too.

Brexit preparation is incited nowadays too.

The PV solar tariff.

Applicants for the Clean Energy Cashback Scheme will receive 4.39 pence per kWh of electricity produced over 20 years. This feed-in tariff will deliver a tax-free return even if you use the power yourself.

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The solar heating tariff.

Applicants for the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme will receive 19.2 pence per kWh produced, giving a guaranteed eight years of income in addition to the free energy.

However, with today's lower costing PV panels, it makes more sense to heat your water tank using photovoltaics and take advantage of the multiple plugin technologies.

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PV solar panel incentives

In a nutshell.

The feed-in tariff closes to new applicants from 1st April 2019.

Applying for the Clean Energy Cashback Scheme pays you 4.39 pence per kWh produced. Get paid even if you use the energy yourself, giving a guaranteed income from your (photovoltaic) PV panels, tax-free and the savings made on your bill.

The tariff gives you 20 years of income and energy savings.

This scheme will deliver a tax-free return on investment of around 5% - even if you use the energy yourself. More can be expected when used alongside an EV charger.

Also, you will also reduce your fuel bills in the long-term, thus protecting yourself from future energy price rises.

The basics.

Under the scheme, homes with PV solar panels will get paid 4p for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity produced, and the annual payments are free from income tax and are index-linked.

Questions about solar electric tariffs.

How much will I earn?

You will be paid a guaranteed sum for a guaranteed period, whether you use the generated electricity or not.

This scheme will deliver a tax-free return on investment of around 5% - even if you use the energy yourself. More can be expected when used alongside an EV charger.

Will the amount you earn change?

The feed-in tariff scheme is indexed linked, which means the payment rate will rise in line with inflation, so the rewards received will never be devalued over the long-term.

Why is the Government doing this?

Governments around the world are introducing the same or similar solar electric tariffs because they set strict targets to meet, to reduce national carbon emissions and secure future energy supplies. As 55% of the UK's CO2 emissions come from domestic energy use, it is easier to bring this figure down rather than upsetting UK industry.

This scheme makes solar panels a more attractive proposition for householders, and this will initiate a speedy take-up of this technology, which anyone can see nowadays has been successful. The rate will be available for a limited time to incentivise homeowners to enter the scheme.

Government Guarantee.

The Government will guarantee your feed-in tariff payments for 20 years. This system will leave plenty of time to recoup your original investment money and still have many years to benefit from the pure profit after that. The necessity to act promptly will make payback significantly quicker over the 20 years. This long-term income, adds weight to the belief that investing in these panels may add value to and improve the saleability your property, should one want to move over the next 20 years.

Where’ s the catch?

The Government does not directly support this scheme, but raise funds through a general increase in electricity prices to all United Kingdom households. The feed-in tariff system prompts people to act quickly and install this technology, while it makes total financial sense.

Will PV technology produce all my electricity needs?

In most cases, it will do a substantial portion of your needs, but this depends on your energy consumption rate and the size of the solar PV panel system installed.

How much power can PV panels produce?

Each case is varied due to geographical location, but a typical photovoltaic panel installation would generate approximately 750kWh/year per kWp installed. So a typical two KW system would generate around 1500 kWh a year. A heating panel system at peak output is 1.6 kW, similar to an immersion heater, or 1,500 kWh and 2,000kWh annually.

What does on-grid mean?

When a PV system is generating power, and you are not using it, then it will automatically feed the power to the National Grid network, where you're rewarded for your contribution. With the feed-in tariff scheme, you now get paid for the electricity you use too. It has never been such a good time to install this technology.

Are PV panels installed on your roof?

PV panels can easily be installed in aluminium frames within your garden/land or boundaries.

How much will a system cost?

The cost of a typical installation of a domestic heating system depends on many factors. The surveyors will provide you with tailored options and quotations.

Which type of tariff is best for me?

Because household needs across the United Kingdom may vary, there can be many factors, which decide suitability to a tariff. A free consultation may help determine which is best for you.

What other benefits are there?

Both tariffs are available for both domestic and commercial projects. are a significant investment opportunity for your protection from long-term escalating energy costs.

The income you receive from your panels incentives is tax-free.

In addition to the payments and energy savings, the scheme is designed to be index-linked which means the payment value will not be affected by inflation long-term.

The feed-in tariffs last for 20 years, however, both types of solar panels have a much longer lifespan, usually between 30-40 years, giving you a powerful way to protect your household from longer-term spiralling energy costs. You can make your money back in between 8-10 years and then enjoy the rest of the 20 years of tariff payments and free power.

How often will I receive the tariff payments?

These tariffs continue with your current energy supplier who will be sending you the payments and arranged for annual or quarterly payments. It is a great feeling to receive a cheque from your energy company.

What happens to the tariff if I move home?

Panels on your roof (as long as you own them) make your home extra more saleable. You can easily transfer the tariff over to your home's new owners with one phone call.

How are these funded?

Calculations show that income tax, VAT and corporation tax from the UK's solar panel industry brought in around 330m GBP last year, while the feed-in tariff scheme cost just 110m GBP.

Also, the government raises funds through both a small increase in electricity prices to the typical customer and further European funding. These expenditures are part of the money the government has already set aside to meet legally binding global warming obligations.

Who is doing this?

You may think that PV solar panels are specifically a domestic technology, but there will be 13,000 installations and 110,000 installations in the commercial and public sector and supply twenty-five percent of the heating or power needed in these industries while creating 150,000 jobs by 2020.

Myth busted.

Figures from the Department of Climate and Energy show in 2008/9 Scotland, where the most significant adopters of solar panels, with Yorkshire, takes the title in 2010/11. This myth should finally put to bed the common misconception that this technology doesn't work well in the UK climate.

What we look for:

How to apply.

All our MCS installers are RECC scheme members and work throughout England, Scotland and Wales. We're happy to help with quotations and great customer service with fantastic after-care.

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Solar heating panels & incentives

This incentive is available for solar heating panels and evacuated tubes. These increasingly popular technologies can bring your household with three decades worth of free hot water - stored and ready to use day and night.

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In a nutshell.

Applicants of the government's Renewable Heat Incentive will receive 19.2p per kWh produced, giving a guaranteed seven-year income from their installation. The newly formed Renewable Heat Incentive is designed to guarantee an income.

Thermodynamic installations are excluded.

The tariff gives you 20 years of income and savings on your energy consumption. The scheme payments are tax-free income and index-linked which means your payments will always stay in line with inflation.

Also, you will also reduce your household fuel bills in the long-term, thus protecting yourself from energy price rises.

The basics.

Generate and sell energy and join the growing army of investors installing solar heating panels.

Solar heating. Why not?

We don't recommend flat-plate or evacuated tubes today because installing PV solar panels can working alongside an Immersun or iBoost heating converter to heat up your hot water tank using excess electricity.

The benefits of this type of set-up over a standard solar heating set-up are the additional benefits of generating electricity and generating revenue with the solar PV incentive.

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Questions about solar heating tariffs

How does the scheme work?

You will be paid a guaranteed sum for a guaranteed period, whether you use it or not. Just like the feed-in tariff scheme for PV panels, you will receive annual payments from your energy supplier based on the performance readings of your installation.

For this reason, we recommend an evacuated tube system, which gives a much better performance, especially in the winter months than many flat-plate systems. However, if you do prefer the aesthetics of flat-plate panels, then they will still work perfectly fine.

Where's the catch?

The government will be raising funds through a general increase in electricity prices to the standard consumer and European funding. This system will be part of the money that the government put aside to meet legally binding climate change obligations, so there is no catch.

Why are the government doing this?

Ninety-nine percent of domestic heating is expensive fossil fuels such as coal, oil, electricity and gas, which makes up a staggering fifty-five percent of the national total of emissions, so the government has targets of fifteen percent to meet from 2020 to reduce our dependence on carbon-intensive fuels.

Taking advantage of this Renewable Heat Incentive will help our country meet these ambitious targets as well as saving money long-term on expensive heating bills and not to mention doing your bit for the environment.

Government Guarantee.

The Government will guarantee your feed-in tariff scheme for the next 20 years. This scheme will allow time for you to get a return on your investment that is usually about 14 years for a technology that will still be serving you in 30 years. This guarantee of a long-term income adds weight to the belief that investing in solar panels may add value to and improve the sell-ability of your home if you require.

Why today and not tomorrow?

The overall aim of the feed-in tariff is to promote the use of panels and create a snowball effect on technology take up. The rewards will decrease as uptake increases.

Be aware, the global market will push-up prices in the future, giving another reason why it has never been so good to install panels now.

A guide to solar heating panels

A super-efficient water heating technology.

Flat-plate Solar heating panels and evacuated solar tubes heat up hot water in your hot water tank supplying you with a constant supply of hot water, and in some cases space heating during the daylight hours. You won't need to use your existing boiler in the summer while using it less in the winter months too.

These panels divide into three types:

In a nutshell.

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