Renewable energy is fast becoming a popular form of energy generation in homes across the UK and some of the most popular technologies are solar power systems.
There are two different forms of solar renewable energy – Solar Photovoltaic which is the generation of electricity and Solar Thermal which is the generation of hot water.
Both technologies use the suns energy which is converted in different ways to produce renewable clean energy for use in the home. Solar power systems will work for you all year round – even on cloudy days.
Benefits of using solar power systems:
- Cut your home energy bills year on year
- Available subsidy schemes allow for attractive investment opportunity and ROI
- Cut your carbon footprint by using your own clean renewable energy
If you are considering taking advantage of the benefits of solar power, there are few things to think about before you get started
The size, shape, angle and orientation of your homes roof all matter when it comes to selecting the perfect system for you. Although it might feel like a daunting task to check your roof’s suitability, there are no ladders or compasses involved – we’re here to guide you through the process from start to finish!
Three key considerations before going any further:
- Which direction does your roof face? The direction that your roof faces can affect the amount of power your solar panels can produce. The more southerly the direction your roof faces the more power your system will be able to generate for you, this can include, South, South West, South East.
- What is the angle of your roof? The angle or pitch of your roof can affect the performance of your solar system. The ideal angle is 30-40 degrees however we are still able to provide systems for a variety of angled roofs which can be established as the assessment stage.
- Does your roof have any shading? Even a small amount of shading can affect the performance of your solar system. Shading can come from a number of sources such as chimneys, trees and surrounding properties. Shading can be avoided during the plan of your system however changing elements such as trees may cause problems in the future.
If you are unsure about any of the above rest assured Enact’s friendly energy advisors are on hand to provide guidance and to talk you through this process over the phon. We also provide a free, no obligation home assessment to determine the right solar solution for you and your home.