How much would getting solar panels offset my environmental impact?

HOW MUCH ELECTRICITY COULD YOUR HOME GENERATE?

How much would getting solar panels offset my environmental impact?

HOW MUCH COULD YOU GENERATE?

 

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

 

Hove project case study

Location: Brighton & Hove

Roof orientation: South

Roof pitch: 30 degrees

System size: 6.7kW

Battery: 5.12 kWh

Annual generation: 7271 kWh per year 

Annual electricity consumption: 4,100 kWh per year

Consumption offset: 177% 

This homeowner can generate a lot more electricity than they currently use. Great for when they switch to an electric car or a heat pump for heating. 

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Just this one solar panel installation is equivalent to: 

  • Offsetting 177% of the CO2 and pollution caused by electricity generation supplied by the grid. 
  • Saving 1.8 tons of CO2 per year.
  • Planting 347 trees
  • 1.6 long haul flights per year (39 in total)
  • And save 54,020km or 33,762 miles of driving over the system’s lifetime.

Leicestershire case study

Location: Leicestershire

Roof orientation: South

Roof pitch: 32 degrees

System size: 6.3kW

Battery: 5.12 kWh

Annual generation 5988 kWh per year

Annual electricity consumption: 10,031 kWh per year

Consumption offset: 60%

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Just this one solar panel installation is equivalent to: 

  • Offsetting 177% of the CO2 and pollution caused by electricity generation supplied by the grid. 
  • Saving 1.8 tons of CO2 per year.
  • Planting 347 trees
  • 1.6 long haul flights per year (39 in total)
  • And save 54,020km or 33,762 miles of driving over the system’s lifetime.

Conclusion

The average home uses 3,900 kWh of electricity per year. According to a UK government report on carbon emissions from homes https://www.gov.uk/government/

In 2019, for every kWh of electricity generated, 0.23314kg of CO2 is produced.

An average home produces 0.9 tons of CO2 per year due to electricity consumption.
 
 Solar energy has zero emissions (a very small amount during production). Therefore, if you can generate as much electricity as you use, you can eliminate all emissions caused by your electricity consumption – whether you use the energy or if it is exported.
 
 As we have seen in the example above, it is possible to generate more electricity than you use. Lowering emissions by more than is caused by your electricity consumption.

Installing solar panels can reduce your pollution and CO2 emissions caused by electricity consumption by more than 100%, it more than pays for itself over time and the premium all-black panels can improve the aesthetic of your roof.

If you can think of a better, more environmentally (or financially) beneficial way to reduce our emissions at home, please let us know.