Solar electricity info articles

This section will develop into a compendium of technical information on this topic - please let us know if you have information to contribute, and we will acknowledge you.

Research for our publication: ‘Wind & Solar Electricity’

Here’s the research carried out by Andy Reynolds that provided the figures for our publication Wind & Solar Electricity.  Over to Andy. Read more …

Self-installation

With some exceptions, you probably won’t be installing your system yourself – you’ll employ an installer to do it for you. Read more …

Is your house suitable for solar? (including flat roof)

Do you have some south-facing roof space? Most people have a pitched roof, so there’s a good chance that you do – but if you don’t, an east-west roof is fine. Read more …

How much electricity will you generate?

There are various packages that you can use to estimate the amount of electricity that you will get out of your system, based on the area of panels you install, the orientation of your roof and the angle of inclination of your panels. Read more …

Is it worthwhile financially? (including the feed-in tariff)

Definitely. There are three ways that you benefit: Read more …

What if you don’t have the money up front?

There are companies out there who will install a pv system on your roof – you get free electricity if you use it as it’s generated, and they get the feed-in tariff. Read more …

Choosing an installer

You don’t have to worry about finding the best kit, or how to claim your feed-in tariffs. Your installer will explain all that to you. What you do have to worry about is finding a good installer – that’s crucial. Read more …

Your installation

The size of your system will depend on how much roof space and how much money you have (or are able to borrow). A domestic system is unlikely to be larger than 4kW. Read more …

After your installation

After your installation, you can apply for your feed-in tariff. You need: Read more …

Using & maintaining your system

Your system will tick away nicely without you ever having to worry about it. It doesn’t really require any maintenance, and there are no moving parts to go wrong. Read more …

Grid tie inverter

Information provided by Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge Read more …

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