Solar Panels & Solar Electricity
Generate cheap, green electricity from sunlight.
Solar electricity systems capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic (PV) cells. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting. PV cells don’t need direct sunlight to work – you can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day.
How do photovoltaic (PV) cells work?
PV cells are panels you can attach to your roof or walls. Each cell is made from one or two layers of semiconducting material, usually silicone. An environmentally friendly resource of which there is NO limitation to its availability. As a raw material silicone is in fact the second most abundant material in the mass of the earth. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric field across the layers. The stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced. PV cells come in a variety of shapes and colours, from grey “solar tiles” that look like roof tiles to panels and transparent cells that you can use on conservatories and glass. The strength of a PV cell is measured in kilowatt peak (kWp). That’s the amount of energy the cell generates in full sunlight.
Here is an example of how a Solar Photovoltaic system would work in your home:
Electricity is created by your Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system using the energy from the sun. Your electricity supplier pays you for each unit of electricity you generate. The electricity travels to your inverter. This is necessary because solar PV panels generate DC power, but your house runs off AC power.
Once inverted the electricity is passed to your generator to show how much electricity you are generating and then sent on to your mains consumer unit (fuse-board). Once the electricity is passing through your mains consumer unit it is ready for use to power all of the electrical appliances around your home.
You are using the electricity you have generated meaning you do not have to import from the grid. Your electricity suppliers meter continues to monitor your incoming supply. The surplus electricity is then exported back to the grid where your supplier pays you an export tariff for each unit of electricity you have not used.
The benefits of solar electricity
- Cut your carbon footprint: solar electricity is green, renewable energy and does not release any harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) or other pollutants. A typical home PV system could save over 1 tonne of CO2 per year – that’s more than 30 tonnes over its lifetime.
- Cut your electricity bills: sunlight is free, so once you’ve paid for the initial installation your electricity costs will be greatly reduced. A typical home PV system can produce around 50% of the electricity a household uses in a year.
- Sell electricity back to the Grid: if your system is producing more electricity than you need, or when you can’t use it, someone else can use it – and you could make a bit of money.
Is solar electricity suitable for your home?
To tell if solar electricity is right for you, Contact Us and we will be pleased to visit your premises. There will be no ‘hard sell’ four hour appointment. In fact providing your property is visible we can survey and produce a quotation without you opening the door. Without access we must point out that the quotation will be subject to survey.
Costs, savings and maintenance
The cost of installing a solar PV system via AES will be significantly cheaper than any of our competitors. This is made possible by low overheads and purchasing direct from manufacturers.