Solar Panels harness the only renewable energy, that offer financial benefits for the homeowner and helps the environment.

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Building integration of photovoltaics (BIPV)

Photovoltaic solar power is one of the most promising renewable energy sources in the world. The advantages are compelling when compared to non-renewable sources such as coal, gas, oil or nuclear power,: it is non-polluting, an infinite source of energy, and the systems require minimal maintenance. Furthermore, in order to have sufficient energy in the future, part of our energy will have to be generated by photovoltaic (PV) solar power. The technology is currently available; the systems are improving and are becoming increasingly economically viable.


The chief objective of building integration is to achieve a clear and aesthetically pleasing roof or facade integration. This means that the solutions selected should blend in well with the rest of the building. The added value of building integration is not just aesthetic. In densely populated areas building integration means that less space is required. Since PV is multifunctional (solar protection, facade protection, roof covering, etc.), this also saves costs compared with non-integrated PV by offsetting the cost of other cladding materials. In addition, the energy generated is used directly on site, and does not need to be transported elsewhere.


Building integration, as opposed to mounting separate frames, increases the risk of reduced ventilation. Less ventilation behind the modules means reduced output of up to around 10% of the total power. The design phase should therefore take the aesthetic integration, engineering details and ventilation into account.

 

Solar PV
Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels generate free electricity for your home. This means lower electricity bills and a potential income from Feed in Tariff payments. Solar Photovoltaic is simply a long word for 'converting the heat from the sun into electricity' see benefits of fitting solar panels to your home

 

Feed In Tariffs (FITS)
Since April The Department of Energy and Climate Change introduced a scheme that compels energy suppliers to pay you for producing electricity via PV solar panels, it is referred to as Feed In Tariffs.

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Solar Heating
Advice and help on Solar heating, solar heating panels, and solar compatible boilers and heating systems. Did you know that 70% of the average home's energy use is taken by heating water and rooms. see:, Can solar heating save you money and the environment?
Solar Grants
Although there are no official solar power grants from the government in terms of lump sum incentives, new feed-in tariffs reward homeowners for generating clean renewable electricity

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No obligation, no annoying sales calls, just a straight forward home survey of your home to see if Solar Energy is right for your house. Click here for our free online survey to see how Solar panels could enhance your home and actually provide an income from the feed in tariffs. Have a 'solar question' then call 0800 678 5040 and Solar Courses will answer it straight away, without trying to sell you a thing.

A house can receive a significant contribution to its electricity requirements from a photovoltaic system installed on the roof. Such PV systems allow homeowners to generate electricity from a renewable and sustainable technology. The opportunity also exists for housing associations and commercial housing developers.


Home solar power pays – and the first 25 years are fully guaranteed

 

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Key towns and cities which Solar Courses install solar panels at: Barnsley, Bradford, Bury, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds, Manchester, Oldham, Pontefract, Rochdale, Rotherham, Sheffield, Stockport, Wakefield. If you have any doubts about whether you are covered, please call us. +44 (0)208 541 1714 see installation areas or for solar panel installations click here.