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Are you looking to improve the energy efficiency of your home? Producing your own electricity through solar panels is great for the environment. It can also save you money in the long term too, as you’ll require far less electricity from the national grid.

While most energy-saving steps occur on the inside of your home, solar panels are placed externally on your roof. They are suitable for most roof types and will generate energy whenever it is light outside. If you are interested in solar panels, we’ll connect you with the best solar panel installation experts.

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How do Solar Panels work?

Every hour the sun provides more energy to the earth than the entire world consumes in a year. Solar panels allow homeowners to harness this energy, reducing the need for fossil fuel consumption to power your electricity.

Solar panels are placed onto the roof of your home and will generate electricity whenever it’s light outside. Conducting wires carry the electricity from the solar panels to an inverter inside your home.

When it’s light and your electrical appliances are turned on, they will be powered by your solar panels. If you use your electrical appliances when it’s dark outside, then your energy will come from the national grid.

Any excess energy your solar panels produce will be exported to the national grid. There are various schemes in place such as the feed-in-tariff (FIT), that allow homeowners to financially benefit from this process.

What to look for in a Solar Panel Installer

The expert you choose should be a solar panel installation specialist. Not only should they be fully knowledgeable and experienced, but be qualified and insured to undertake the work.

Different types of Solar Energy

Solar energy is one of the cleanest forms of energy you can generate as it comes straight from the sun. There are various ways you can harness solar energy and here is just a snapshot.

  • General Solar Energy - Many devices and appliances can be powered through the use of solar energy. For example, lighting which otherwise would need batteries or a mains connection. The more solar energy you can use around your home and garden, the less your energy bills will be.
  • Passive Solar Energy - Passive solar energy looks at how the sun hits your home at different times of the year so that you can maximise the natural heat being generated. For example, installing larger windows or adapting your living spaces to the warmer areas.
  • Photovoltaic - This is a method of absorbing sunlight to produce electricity. Solar panels are powered by photovoltaic energy, as are calculators and clocks. It is one of the most popular forms of solar energy and can easily be installed and connected to your mains supply.
  • Solar Water Heating Systems - Solar water heating systems also sit on the roof space in the form of a panel but work slightly differently, in that they provide hot water to your home rather than electricity. They can be used exclusively in a warm climate or in combination with your boiler.

How to check your Solar Panel Installer’s credentials

Reputable solar panel installers will be registered with a relevant trade body such as the Solar Trade Association (SAT). It’s always a good idea to undertake plenty of research before agreeing to any work on your home. Check their online reviews and if they have any trusted trader accreditations.

Can I get Solar Panels online?

It’s possible to order solar panels online. However, given they require expert installation that involves working at height and with electrical systems, it’s always best to entrust a qualified installer.

How many Solar Panels do I need?

The number of solar panels you need depends on the size of your roof and how much electricity you wish to generate. Your budget plays a part too, as the more panels you have put on the more expensive it will be initially. However, over time the idea is that solar panels pay for themselves in the reduction of energy bills you will receive. If your aim is to be greener, the more panels the better.

What is involved in a Solar Panel Installation?

The process of installing solar panels is quite straightforward, and the installation itself can take as little as one day to complete.

Before your installation, the solar panel company you choose will arrange for a survey to take place. They will be assessing the size and direction of your roof, and from there will create a detailed plan of action. It’s good to note that south-facing roofs are preferred due to the light needed to generate electricity.

On the day of the installation, your solar panel provider will create scaffolding around your home so that they can reach your roof space. From there, roof hooks will be installed underneath selected roof tiles, which will keep the rails that hold up the panels in place. Your solar panels are then connected to these rails and will begin to generate electricity immediately once installed.

The solar panels will be internally connected to your electricity supply in your home. You’ll be given a generation meter which indicates how much power your solar panels have produced.

How much do Solar Panels cost?

The cost of solar panels depends on the solar system size (running on a scale of 1kW-4kW) and how many individual panels you wish to install.
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We are renewable energy specialists with 5 years experience. Previously a sole trader we have now become a limited company due to the continuing growth of the business. In providing our customers with access to the most efficient products, we can reduce their energy bills, while reducing stress on the energy grid and demand for fossil fuel power. We cover the whole of the UK. At FloEnergy we prioritise customer satisfaction with all work that is carried out from us. We are a family run company with over 5 years of experience within the renewable energy industry. We cover the following: - Solar Panels - Solar Panel Cleaning - Solar Panel Maintenance - Solar Panel Repair Work - Solar Panel Health Checks - Battery Storage Systems - Air Source Heat Pump - Electrical Work - Thermal & Thermodynamic Systems - EV Chargers and many more! Get in contact today with the team and experience a friendly and efficient service which will cater your needs.

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I love renewable energy! I have personally worked in this industry for 5 years. I have 12 solar panels and a battery system, It has been the best sustainable decision I have ever made. Not only is it a good investment it is also an amazing thing to do for the planet. I like the concept of renewable energy and how it makes the planet a better place. I believe that we can all do something to improve our way of living.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I believe that I can make a change within the industry and try my best to help the world in becoming green!

Why should our clients choose you?

Because at FloEnergy we specialise in customer care and satisfaction. Our industry can be relentless in some way and find that there are a lot of cowboy companies. We like to make sure our customers are fully advised on how we operate and how we can supply experienced advice to make sure that the customer is doing the right thing.

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We can do either. The internet is a powerful place, With the likes of google earth and also photos we can 90% of the time provide advice/quotations without sending out any experts to the house.

What changes have you made to keep your customers safe from Covid-19?

We want our customers to feel safe at all times. All technicians have been kitted out with full PPE and are tested weekly. We also carry out non contact site visits and installations can be carried out as government guidelines approve tradesmen to continue to work within households respective of social distancing.

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Solar panel installation typically falls under permitted development rights, so planning permission isn’t usually required. However, you’ll need to check that the area you live hasn’t had permitted development rights removed. If this is the case, you’ll need to apply for planning permission. If you’re unsure, it’s best to contact your Local Planning Authority for advice.

The best way for solar panels to face is south. This is because south-facing solar panels will get the most possible sunlight through the day and generate the most energy. East and west-facing roofs may also be considered acceptable for solar panel installation, although they will generate around 15% less energy than south-facing solar panels.

The average life of a solar panel is between 25 and 30 years. This depends on the quality and make of the solar panels so it’s a good idea to check with the manufacturer about the estimated life of your chosen panels. Most solar panels will also come with a warranty, during which they will be repaired or replaced without charge if a problem occurs.

The average price of a Solar Panel Installer is £6,000

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