PV solar panel installers and EV enthusiasts of the United Kingdom.
Switched on people.
The benefits of PV solar panels and joy of adopting these freedom-generating technologies today
Power My Home is a by-product of my enthusiasm for PV solar panels after seeing the benefits for myself. I developed this website as a research tool to empower others through the process of adopting these empowering technologies.
PV solar panels in the UK.
"The fight for civilisation's won; The challenge of keeping it has just begun!"
PV (photovoltaics) work on cloudy days too.
Each sq/m of your roof receives between 900-1400 kWh a year.
PV solar panels could also heat your hot water (optional).
Benefit day and night with battery storage (optional).
Future-proof with PV to EV charging (optional).
Operational for thirty years plus.
Energy consumers are going there own way.
The world is changing fast, and that's why PV solar panels are essential.
When I first began my solar journey, you needed two separate systems to produce electricity and hot water - not today.
PV-to-hot water converters can be installed alongside photovoltaics to use the surplus electricity to power the immersion heater and heat your hot water and even charge your EV (electric vehicle) for free.
A thermal store tank will allow you to use multiple renewable technologies for both hot water heating and space heating.
Evacuated tubes and flat-plate panels are traditional solar heating technologies, but now photovoltaics with heat-converters are preferred by installers and users alike.
"Water chlorination, antibiotics, the jet turbine and the internet, were the game-changers of the 20th century. PV alongside battery storage and EV's are the first game-changers of the 21st century."
A guide to PV solar panels
Do I need planning permission?
No. From the 6th of April 2008, planning permission will not be required for most solar panel installations, unless you live in a listed building. Even then, most councils will allow solar panels in most cases.
Is my roof compatible?
Most homes in the UK are suitable for solar panels. If you have a South, South East, Southwest or East and West facing roof space un-obscured by shading, then yes. Your internal plumbing/electrics will need to be checked through an on-site survey before the installation process begins.
Even the UK receives 60% of the sun's radiation compared to the equatorial regions. Each square metre of the United Kingdom gets between 900 to 1,300 kWh of energy annually, so this technology does work in northern climates too.
In most cases, no, however, if you have 'Part P' electrical and plumbing skills, then it may be possible to install in a daily capacity. DIY flat-plate, PV and evacuated tube kits are available.
DIY installing can work out much cheaper. However, you will not be eligible for the generous feed-in tariff schemes currently available. All eligible installations must be carried out and certified, by an accredited MCS solar panel installer to qualify.
Solar technology is not a one size fits all. Installations for both heating and electric can be complicated, due to many issues such as roof access, layout and internal factors. Solar panel technologies vary in size, so potential installers will need to ask a few easy questions about your property to establish your options and costs.
"PV-heating converters work side-by-side with most central heating systems and all year round."
Photovoltaic solar panels
Technology that lasts longer than your mortgage.
PV (Photovoltaic) solar panels generate electricity using the sun's rays. 'Photo' refers to the Photons, which hit the panel, and 'voltaic' refers to the volts produced when a chemical reaction takes place within the panel cells.
These panels divide into two types:
Thin slices cut from a single crystal of silicon with a typical efficiency of 15%. Slightly more expensive, but offer a higher peak output of 280-320 Watts per panel.
Thin slices cut from silicon crystals with a typical efficiency of 12% and give a maximum output of 180 Watts per panel.
Sell electricity to the National Grid with grid-connected PV systems. Generate electricity for yourself and export the excess power to the National Grid. Amazingly, get paid even if you use the power yourself.
You can put the panels together to make a system ranging from a minimum of
1KW going up to a max of 5KW for domestic PV
solar panel installations, producing from 750 kWh to 4,500 kWh per year.
With no moving parts, this lasts for many years with no maintenance required.
Once installed, your system will be at your service for 25-30 years in the UK climate.