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Meet our mascot Frank the explainer...

In the videos & articles below he’ll provide a ‘frank explanation’ to all of your solar-related questions.

 
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Flat Roof Solar Panel Systems


We’re all taught to believe that, for the most part, bigger is better – and you’d be forgiven for thinking the same when it comes to solar capacity...

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Solar Panel Inverters


The solar panel inverter is the most important part of your solar system - choose a good one. 

 
 
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Solar capacity tells lies. How to compare solar panels.


We’re all taught to believe that, for the most part, bigger is better – and you’d be forgiven for thinking the same when it comes to solar capacity...

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Feed in Tariff UK - Is it still available in 2023?


The Feed in Tariff ended in 2019 and was replaced by the Smart Export Guarantee.

The new Demand Flexibility Service from the National Grid has paid Octopus customers up to £4/kWh to support that grid.

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What if every house in the UK had solar panels?


If installed on every house in the UK (excluding flats). Solar could provide 60% of all domestic electricity consumption.

Between April and September, solar generation would exceed all domestic electricity demand.

 
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How much do solar panels generate in the winter?


Solar panels in England will generate between 15-27% as much electricity in the winter compared to their summer peak...

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I have solar panels - which electricity tariff should I choose?


Did you know that the difference between electricity tariffs could be hundreds of pounds a year?
It's worth taking time to choose the right tariff.

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How much energy do everyday household items use?


It's a good idea to know how much energy each of your household items uses so that you can maximise the self-consumption of your solar-generated electricity.

 
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6.4 kW Solar system, Octopus Flux & negative electricty bills


If you can generate more electricity than your house uses and therefore export more than you import - with Octopus Flux, your bills could go (very) negative!

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How do solar panels generate electricity?


Solar panels generate electricity by using the photovoltaic effect.

This is my favourite video - particularly all the Franks representing electrons in a rowing boat!

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How are solar panel savings calculated?


Your solar panel savings come in two parts. Self-consumption of solar-generated energy and the Smart Export Guarantee. Boost your savings by 50% by using a TOU tariff.

 
 
 
 
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Will pigeons nest under my solar panels?


Possibly. It's actually quite rare, it does happen. There are a few easy and non-invasive options to prevent this from happening.

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How does a solar battery work?


A solar battery stores excess generation from your solar installation that would otherwise be exported..

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4 kW Solar system - why are they still popular?


Unless you have limited roof space, a 4 kW solar system is unlikely to be the best choice for your home.

 
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Do I need to clean my solar panels?


Just like cleaning your windows to let in more light, it is also worth adding your solar panels to the window cleaning schedule.

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I’m retired. Should I get solar panels?


It depends. There are several factors you should think about when considering installing solar panels in retirement.

We discuss these considerations within this video.

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How much would getting solar panels offset my impact on the environment?


Using real-world examples we’ll show you how one customer reduced their pollution and CO2 emissions from electricity consumption by 177%.

 
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How long do solar panels last?


Solar panels are expected to last 40-50 years. In theory, solar cells will still be producing power long after we’re all gone.

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How many solar panels do I need?


Between 10-22 solar panels for a domestic install.

You will need 10+ solar panels to generate the equivalent amount of electricity an average home uses per year.

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Can solar panels charge an electric car?


An average electric car will travel approximately 4 miles per kWh. How many miles could your home solar system provide?

 
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Can solar panels power a house in the UK?


An average home in the UK uses 3638 kWh of electricity per year. A detached house will use 4153 kWh, according to the Energy Savings Trust.

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Which solar panels are best?


What to look for, why selecting the right inverter is important and how to ensure that your solar panel system is as productive as possible.

 
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How are solar panels installed?


An average electric car will travel approximately 4 miles per kWh. How many miles could your home solar system provide?

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Can solar panels work at night?


No.

You will need a battery to use solar energy at night.

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How are solar panels made?


The main ingredient in solar panels is Silicon (sand). Silicon is the second-most abundant element on the planet after Oxygen. 

 
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How do solar panels work?


An average electric car will travel approximately 4 miles per kWh. How many miles could your home solar system provide?

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Can solar panels catch fire?


Yes, as with all electronic components solar panels can catch fire. Mainly due to the quality of components and/or installation.

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Are solar panels recyclable?


Solar panels are recyclable. After their useful life you can recover: 95% of glass. 100% of metal and 85% of the silicon.

 
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Are solar panels worth it in the UK?


If you have flown over the UK you will instinctively know the answer to this question….everything is green and that’s due to solar energy.

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Are solar panels expensive?


The cost of installing quality solar and battery storage will range from £5000-9000 depending on the components used.

Not as expensive as not having them!

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Solar battery. Is it worth it?


The answer will depend on you usage profile and the amount of energy your home can generate.

Explained within this article using a real-world example.

 
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Is Installing Solar Panels Horsham Worth It?


With the increasing concern for environmental sustainability and the rising costs of traditional energy sources, many homeowners in Horsham are considering..

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An Ultimate Guide to Solar Panels Worthing


Solar panels are a remarkable innovation in the field of renewable energy, offering a clean and sustainable way to generate electricity. In the coastal town of...

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Factors to Consider When Choosing Solar Panels in Hove


As the world seeks sustainable and renewable energy solutions, solar panels have emerged as a leading choice for homeowners and businesses in Hove.

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Why You Must Install Solar Panels on Your Roof? — Top 5 Benefits of Solar Installation


Are you considering making a sustainable and cost-effective investment for your home? Look no further than solar panels...