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Solar Photovoltaic (Solar PV) and how it works

Solar electricity systems capture the sun's energy using photovoltaic (PV) cells to convert the daylight into electricity, which can be used to run appliances and lighting. The panels produce direct current (DC) which is converted to alternating current (AC) by an inverter so it can be used by appliances and lighting in the property. These systems can either be connected to the national electricity grid, or connected to a battery.

The strength of a PV cell is measured in kilowatt peak (kWp) - that's the amount of energy the cell generates in full sunlight.

Solar panels come in a variety of different shapes and colours. These range from grey "solar tiles" that look like roof tiles to panels and transparent cells that you can use on conservatories and glass. They can be mounted on top of existing tiles or slates, or they can replace the roof covering itself for a more streamlined installation. It’s also possible to install panels onto canopy arrays at the side of buildings or walkways. They can also be mounted on canopies within vertical building facades, or even on their own free standing frames. These types of panels can provide shade, whilst producing home grown electricity at the same time.

It’s also possible in a remotely located building, to install a stand-alone solar PV installation combined with storage batteries. This would be the ideal solution to provide power to that structure without any electrical connection to the grid. The modern power inverters we install allow the power generated from your PV panels to be fed back into the UK mains supplies.


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