Residential solar panels are becoming more and more popular here in the UK.
When we talk about solar panels it's important to understand that there are two types of solar panels:
In this section I will be dealing with solar thermal panels which produce hot water as I look at photovoltaics in a separate section.
Solar thermal panels use energy from the Sun to heat a fluid in the solar panels which in turn heats the water in your house. I appreciate this is a very simplistic explanation but I will elaborate on the workings of solar panels as we go through this section.
Despite the common misconception, residential solar panels for domestic installation in the UK and Ireland will work in our cloudy overcast skies.
Modern panels do not need direct sunlight in order to produce hot water. Although they will work more efficiently if exposed to direct sunlight, facing south and at an elevation of around 40 degrees.
Throughout this section I will look at the following subjects in more detail:
Residential solar panels are becoming more popular as new suppliers and manufacturers appear all the time. As a way of reducing your carbon footprint and protecting yourself from soaring fossil fuel prices they are hard to pass by.
Plus they can make sound financial sense by giving you a satisfactory return on your investment (sometimes significantly greater than leaving your money in the banks). However, as always it will pay dividends to arm yourself with as much information as you can prior to approaching the suppliers.