Can solar panels charge an electric car? *Updated on 02/08/2021 by Thomas Moyes According to the RAC, the average car in the UK will travel 7400 miles per year (2020 figures). An average electric car will travel approximately 4 miles per kWh. Therefore, we need: 7400 divided by 4 = 1850 kWh of energy to charge an average electric car for […]

Can solar panels power a house in the UK?

February 2024 update: Solar panels, battery storage and a smart tariff can power your home potentially leading to negative electricity bills. Find out which electricity tariff when combined with solar panels is best for you Solar panels can generate enough energy to power a home. Depending on the space available, a solar panel installation could provide enough power […]

Which solar panels are best?

There are many good quality solar panels available but which ones should you choose? In this article, we look at a few examples, talk about what to look out for, why and how to ensure that your solar panel system is as productive as possible. Which solar panels are best? Compare these charecteristics Product & […]

How are solar panels installed? Scaffolding To allow access to work on the roof safely, a scaffold needs to be put in place. Where possible our roof access contractors can use harnesses that replaces the need for scaffolding on particular roof types. Measuring and fixing of ‘roof anchors’ The roof anchors attach to the rafters in your roof – […]

Can solar panels work at night? In a word. No. If you want to use your solar energy at night, you will need to install a battery. While you might be able to register a current coming off the DC wiring when the moon is bright, it will be very faint and won’t be enough to power the inverter to […]

How are solar panels made? The main ingredient in a solar panel is Silicon (90%+). Silicon is the second-most abundant element on the planet after Oxygen. About 28% of the Earth’s crust is Silicon. A fact that surprises a lot of people, especially solar sceptics! To extract Silicon from the rocks and sand it is put into an enormous […]

How do solar panels work? In 1921, Albert Einstein won his first and only Nobel prize for his work on describing the photoelectric effect.  Light (a beam of particles) knocks loose electrons from the solar cell, the solar cell then directs these electrons along a current – creating electricity. The electrons leave a ‘hole’, the electrons can then be […]

Can solar panels catch fire? Yes, solar panels (their connections and cabling) can catch fire. Mainly due to poor installation (E.g using incorrect crimping tools),poor system design (where maximum voltages/amps are not accounted for when choosing components) and use of poor quality components. As well as from freak events such as a lightning strike. According to the Home Office, […]

Are solar panels recyclable? Solar panels are very recyclable and can be processed after their useful life to recover: 95% of glass. 100% of metal. 80% of the modules and 85% of the silicon. PV CYCLE are a non-profit organisation that support PV recycling around the world. In the United Kingdom, they offer a collection take-back and recycling […]

Are solar panels worth it in the UK?

If you have flown over the UK you will instinctively know the answer!…everything is green and that’s due to solar energy. Let’s look at the figures… A good quality solar panel in 2021 will be approximately 20.5% efficient. (20.5% x 1000W/m2 = 205W). A property in the South East with a South facing 40-degree […]