Note: This article contains out-of-date information about the Feed-in Tariff scheme (FITs) which closed to new applications on 31st March 2019. Find out more about the closure on the Energy Saving Trust’s website.
Solar panels can be fixed to the roofs of most modern buildings. They extract energy from the sun and turn it into electricity. This can be used to power your home with or instead of mains electricity.
More and more home owners are installing solar panels on their properties. And we think you should join them.
Read on to find out the benefits of getting solar panels, and why 2017 is the time to go solar.
What are the benefits of solar panels?
There are three main benefits to getting solar panels. With solar panels you can:
1. Cut your electricity bills
Using electricity you’ve generated through your panels instead of mains power will mean you’ll pay your energy company less and cut your bills.
2. Reduce your carbon footprint
Solar power is a green and renewable form of energy. This means that using it doesn’t generate carbon and damage the atmosphere.
3. Earn money
The UK has a Feed-in Tariff (FITs) scheme that financially rewards people for installing solar panels. This pays you for generating the electricity you use through solar panels and pays you if you contribute surplus electricity back to the grid.
Why should I get solar panels now?
If you want to make the most out of your solar panels, it’s important to act quickly. The best current figure that solar panel owners can earn is 4.11p/kWh. If you install and register your solar panels while this tariff is still valid, you’ll be eligible to receive the same rate for 20 years.
But on 1st April 2017 this figure will drop to 4.04p, and will reduce every 3 months after this. This is partly because more and more people are installing solar panels. So you should buy, install and register your solar panels as soon as possible.
How do I register my solar panels?
To register your solar panel system, you’ll need your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). This is proof of your property’s energy performance, and rates it from A (most efficient) – G (least efficient). To qualify for the best current tariff, your property needs to be rated a D or above.
Once you’ve got your EPC you should contact a registered electricity supplier. They will tell you how to apply to register your system, as it varies from supplier to supplier.
So now is the time to take advantage of the current tariff and install your solar panels. To see if your property is suitable for solar panels, fill in our online form. We’ll match you with up to 4 solar companies who can provide you with a free roof survey.