The term “photovoltaic” comes from the Greek meaning “light” and “voltaic”, meaning electric, from the name of the Italian physicist Volta after whom the Volt is named.
A solar photovoltaic (PV) cell converts the energy from sunlight into electricity by the “photovoltaic effect”. This refers to photons of (sunlight) solar energy knocking electrons off a layer of silicon semi-conductor in a solar cell in solar panels. The flow of these electrons to a second silicon layer within the cell builds up a voltage between the two layers creating an electric current. This flow of electrons produces direct current (DC), which is converted to alternating current (AC) by an inverter so it can be used by appliances in the home or exported to your electricity supplier. Solar PV Panels can help reduce your electricity bills by 25% and you could earn up to £1000 a year from Government incentives called Feed in Tariffs(FiTs)!
Solar photovoltaic electricity production is the fastest growing power-generation technology in the world. Between 2004 and 2009, grid-connected PV capacity increased at an annual average rate of 60 percent with Germany seeing the fastest rate of growth. In 2010 the UK became the fastest growing market globally for Solar PV Panels, incentivised by Feed in Tariffs.
It is estimated that 30% of the UK’s electricity could be generated from renewable sources with 2% from small-scale electricity generation such as Solar PV Panels. Currently less than 5% of the UK’s electricity comes from renewable sources. This represents a significant growth opportunity for electricity generation from renewable sources which the Government have recognised in their Feed in Tariffs which incentivise the installation of Solar PV electricity generation. Feed In Tariffs are tax free for domestic panels installation and guaranteed to increase annually by RPI inflation for 25 years. Solar PV Panels installed at your business premises can produce 8%-12% annual return on your investment with FiTs increasing annually index linked to RPI.
Help the environment and future generations by installing solar PV panels on your home or business. Electricity generated from solar PV power does not produce harmful greenhouse gases. With no noise and no CO2 emissions you can increase your green credentials and reduce your carbon footprint. Once fitted, you can forget about the panels. They require little or no maintenance and provide a simple cost effective source of renewable energy.
If you wish to be part of the Renewables Revolution and would like more information about installing panels please contact our experienced team at Solar Panel Cambridgeshire.