If you are thinking about installing solar panels then now is the time to do it. In the UK the levels of grants available are now at the highest they have ever been. Anyone can claim these but you have to make sure you follow the conditions set out.
Of all the available renewable technologies by far the most popular option is solar. There are actually two types of solar panel, one heats water and the other generations electricity. The technology we are discussing today is solar photovoltaic panels or solar PV for short.
The benefit of this type of solar panel is that once installed and set up it is very low maintenance. During their lifetime they usually require any sort of upkeep which means unlike many other options you can almost forget that they are there. This makes them an attractive option for people who want an option that will not entail a lot of hassles in the future.
It is important to understand how the solar panel grants in the UK work because they have recently changed. Previously you could get a discount off the cost of buying the panels. This was a good way to generally increase the interest in solar but did not make the most efficient use of the governments money. Instead they are now encouraging people to generate green electricity and pay more the more that you generate.
The money you can get from the government is now in the form of a tariff called the feed in tariff. Rather than giving out the money up front it encourages you to use renewables for the longer term. The payments are based on how much the panels are used and payments are guaranteed for 25 years. This means that as long as the panels are still working you will be paid for 25 years.
In addition to the feed in tariff that pays you for every kilowatt hour of energy the panels produce you can also sell the electricity. This means that you get paid for generating the power and then get paid again if you sell it back to the grid.
In order to qualify for the payments you need to have the panels installed by a qualified MCS engineer. The panels that you use also need to be MCS accredited. Most installers and panels do come under the microgeneration certification system but you should check as without this accreditation you can not claim the grants.[ad_2]
Source by Julia Greenburg