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Your Guide to Solar Energy

Looking to save money on energy bills and become more energy independent? Why not invest in a solar panel system and start generating your own energy?

Solar energy is rapidly gaining popularity and becoming more affordable and easier to generate than ever. With the energy prices being so unstable, it is the perfect time to invest. From the moment your solar panels are installed, you will start benefiting from the solar energy created.

How do Solar Panels work?

A solar photovoltaic (PV) system changes sunlight into electricity. Sunlight is caught by the solar panels and converted into usable electricity by the inverter. This can then be used to power appliances in your home directly, or stored in a battery for use later when the sun is not shining. If not used or stored, the excess electricity is directed back to the grid.

Thinking about investing in solar panels?
Here’s what you need to know before you buy.

1. You can live in cloudy Britain and still use solar panels

How solar panels work in the UK is exactly the same as anywhere else. You don’t have to live in an area with wall-to-wall sunshine to generate solar energy. Solar panels work even through clouds. However, the more sunshine you get, the more energy you’ll generate.

2. You shouldn’t need planning permission

The vast majority of homes don’t need planning permission to install solar panels. However, if you have a flat roof or live in a conservation area you might want to check with your local council before going ahead.

4. You can still switch suppliers

You are still free to switch suppliers if you have solar panels. No matter which energy supplier you’re with when you get them fitted, you can still change.

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