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Solar Panels

Installing solar panels for home UK, often known as photovoltaics (PV), convert the sun’s energy into electricity that you may use in your home.

Correctly installed solar panels allow you to create your own renewable energy and save money on your electricity bill.

How do solar panels function?

A solar photovoltaic panel is a system made up of many cells, the most frequent material being silicon, that function as light-sensitive switches. When light falls on this type of material, an electric current is emitted.

Trough the use of parabolic mirrors, which concentrate sunlight up to 90 degrees, the sun can be used to power tiny cells in places like homes and offices. The cells don’t require direct sunlight to function, and they may operate even on overcast days. However, the more sunshine there is, the more energy is generated.

Solar panels are made up of many individual photovoltaic cells that together produce around 355W of power in good light. Systems with approximately 15 solar modules generate direct current (DC) energy. To convert direct current (DC) electricity to alternating current (AC), an inverter is incorporated into the system along with the conversion from DC to AC. This energy may be consumed inside your house or transmitted to the grid.

Would solar panels be right for me?

So we know how solar panels work and we also know and read about the benefits everywhere but are solar panels right for my home. Below are three main points to consider when deciding whether or not to go solar.


It is important to note that the average system size is around 4.2kWp, which takes up around 25m2 of roof area.

The optimum location for maximum electrical output is on an unshaded, South-facing roof. East or West facing roofs might be considered, but North-facing roofs are not suggested. A system pointed east or west will produce approximately 15% to 20% less energy than one pointed directly south.

Shaded roofs

If you have a chimney, gutters, or vents on your property, the moisture from them can cause mildew and other problems. If any nearby structures, trees, or chimneys obstruct your roof’s rays this may degrade performance.

Finding a shaded location is ideal, but sometimes shading is unavoidable. Some solar PV systems include “optimisers” that can reduce the effect of shading. If you don’t have shade, optimizers aren’t required or useful other than allowing for more monitoring possibilities – they won’t create any extra energy.


Solar PV panels are “permitted developments” and don’t always need planning permission. There are, however, exceptions, so check with your local planning office for further information. If you live in a historic building, conservation area, or national park where additional restrictions apply

If you want to use solar power in your home, you must register the installation with your Distribution Network Operator (DNO). The DNO is the business that will supply electricity to your residence. Typically, your installer will take care of this task.

The government of the United Kingdom has instructions on how to register your new energy device in England, Scotland, and Wales.

Thinking of going solar?

If you are thinking of installing solar panels for your home in the UK then get in contact with us to find out how we can help with the process. Our engineers have experience and the skill set to get the job done right first time. We are also on hand every step of the way, providing helpful and knowledgeable advice.

Contact us now on 0800 0096625 or email us at and we can help you on you journey into solar energy for your home.

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