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Photovoltaic Panels - Overview



At Doyle Electrical we believe in giving a comprehensive, fully integrated end to end service, taking our customers step by step through their photovoltaic installation, ensuring every aspect is covered before we begin. We have been installing photovoltaic solar panels throughout Suffolk and the surrounding areas for many years and due to ever increasing demand in 2010 we set up Doyle Electrical Solar, your local experts in photovoltaic systems.


Pholtovoltaic Solar Panels - contact us now for a no-obligation, independent quotation.


What are Photovoltaic Panels and How do They Work?
Photovoltaic (PV) panels, also known as photovoltaic solar panels are made up of banks of cells that capture the light of the sun and convert the energy from that sunlight into electricity. The photovoltaic panels will then direct this electricity into the household for use running appliances and lighting, while exporting any surplus to be sold back to the grid.


The cells within photovoltaic solar panels are made up of layers of semi conducting material, such as silicon, which creates an electric field across the layers of each of the photovoltaic panels when sunlight shines upon them. In order to maximise the sunlight captured, photovoltaic systems are usually installed in groups of panels on the roofs of domestic or commercial buildings, as near to south facing as possible.


The fact that they work best in direct sunlight is reflected in the name for the power of photovoltaic panels - kilowatts peak (kWp). But it is a common misconception that photovoltaic systems need direct sunlight in order to work. This is not the case and, while they will work at their peak performance in full sunlight during the summer time, even on a cloudy or winter's day your photovoltaic solar panels will still generate some electricity.


Less effective and more expensive than photovoltaic solar panels, solar tiles and slates, used in place of ordinary roof tiles or slates, are also an option should you dislike the look of standard photovoltaic panels.


Why Install Photovoltaic Panels?
With both domestic and commercial installations, the benefits of photovoltaic systems speak for themselves.


For the environmentally conscious, installing photovoltaic solar panels means less need to dip into the ever decreasing pot of fossil fuels available in the world, giving a much greater sense of self sufficiency. And you'd also be cutting your carbon footprint as solar electricity is renewable energy and doesn't release any harmful pollutants including carbon dioxide. The energy saving trust has quoted that typical photovoltaic systems could save over a tonne of CO2 each year. That's a great way for businesses to offset their carbon emissions too!


Added to this, are the financial advantages to installing photovoltaic solar panels, from savings through to earnings:

  • Reduce your electricity bills - once installed, your photovoltaic panels will start saving you money immediately as you will be using less of the electricity coming from the grid, using it only to supplement what you're getting for free from the sun. Typical annual savings for photovoltaic systems with an installation size of 3kWp could be around £200.

  • Sell your surplus energy - for those days when you don't use all of the energy produced by your photovoltaic panels, photovoltaic systems are programmed to sell the surplus electricity back up to the grid. This payment is called an export tariff and typical photovoltaic systems with an installation size of 3kWp could earn around £40 a year*.

  • Money making schemes - as well as the money you will receive from selling your surplus energy, there are government incentives in place that pay you for all of the electricity generated with photovoltaic systems. One such initiative is the Feed in Tariffs scheme (FITs) which offers generation tariffs on top of your export tariffs, even if you use all of your electricity yourself. These are available to anyone using MCS accredited companies to install their photovoltaic solar panels. Typical photovoltaic systems with an installation size of 3kWp could earn about £530 a year from generation tariffs*.

Doyle Electrical Solar - Your Local Experts in Photovoltaic Panels
With over 20 years of electrical experience across the board, with Doyle Electrical Solar your home or business is in the safe hands of specialists in photovoltaic systems. And when it comes to choice, we are not tied to any one supplier, opting instead to marry the best choice in photovoltaic solar panels to your needs.


And as your local MCS accredited installer, you can get the best value from your photovoltaic panels too. All of our photovoltaic systems installations qualify for initiatives such as the Feed in Tariffs scheme, are eligible for a discounted rate of VAT of just 5%, and come with your satisfaction guaranteed.


If you'd like to know more about photovoltaic systems in general or the services available from Doyle Electrical Solar, please call us on 01473 622674.


* Figures quoted from the Energy Saving Trust.


Pholtovoltaic Solar Panels - contact us now for a no-obligation, independent quotation.



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