The Key Benefits Of Solar Panels

Lisa Foran | June 17 | News

Investing in solar panels can hold a major cost for homeowners across the country – and despite the encouragement from the government through incentives and grants, this can still be a difficult selling point for many people.

So what are the benefits of solar panels? Why should you buy them? In this blog post, we are going to be discussing the main selling points of solar panels as well as how ESOLAR can help you with your installations.

 

What are Solar Panels?

Solar panels, also called photovoltaic (PV) panels, are devices that change sunlight directly into electricity. They’re very important for solar power systems and are used throughout homes, businesses, and factories to create renewable energy.

 

How Do Solar Panels Work?

Solar panels are made up of solar cells, mostly made of silicon, which is a kind of semiconductor material. Below is a guide on how they produce electricity:

  1. Sunlight hits the solar panel and the solar cells absorb the light particles (photons).
  2. The energy from the light energises the electrons in the silicon cells, making them vibrate and create an electric current.
  3. The solar cells have an electric field that pushes the vibrating electrons to flow in a certain direction, making a direct current (DC).
  4. Metal conductive plates on the sides of the cell collect the electrons and pass them along through wires.
  5. The DC electricity produced by the panels is then converted into alternating current (AC) using an inverter since AC is the standard for most household and industrial uses.
  6. The AC electricity can then be used immediately, sent back into the grid, or stored in batteries for later.

 

What Are The Benefits of Solar Panels?

Solar panels have a range of benefits that allow you to make the most of solar power in your home. No matter where you are living, there are ways you can make a solar panel arrangement work efficiently.

Here is an overview of some of the key benefits of solar panels, but do continue reading if you are interested in hearing more information about each of these:

  • Save on Energy Bills
  • Great for the Environment
  • Increase Property Value
  • Low Maintenance Costs
  • Energy Security
  • Scalable technology

 

Cost Savings on Energy Bills

One of the best things about solar panels is how they can help lower your electricity bills. Producing your own power means that you are not as dependent on the grid, which can lead to some significant savings.

According to estimates from the Energy Saving Trust, you could save up to £450 each year by using solar panels. This can increase even further by utilising schemes such as the Smart Export Guarantee.

 

Environmental Impact

Solar panels create clean energy that doesn’t release greenhouse gases or any other harmful pollutants. Unlike fossil fuels, which are a big source of air pollution and climate change, solar energy is eco-friendly and sustainable.

When you make the switch to solar power, you are making a step towards sustainability by reducing your carbon footprint and producing fewer greenhouse gases.

 

Increase in Property Value

Homes that have solar panels tend to go up in value. Because a lot of buyers are looking for energy-efficient options, houses with solar panels are more appealing in the housing market. Research has found that homes with solar panels can increase by up to 25% in value when compared to those without.

 

Low Maintenance Costs

Solar panels are fairly low maintenance. Since they don’t have any moving parts, they’re less likely to break down. Also, most solar panels have warranties that last 20-25 years, so you can count on them to keep working properly for the long haul.

There are options for you to hire specialists to properly maintain your solar panel arrangement ensuring that everything is done properly. This can also include any repairs that your panels need to ensure they consistently remain in working condition.

 

Energy Security

As solar energy reduces our reliance on imported fuels, it helps increase our national energy security. Adding solar power to our energy mix can help lessen the risks of supply interruptions. Putting resources into solar energy allows countries to improve their energy infrastructure and ensure a more stable energy future.

 

Scalability

Solar panels are versatile and can be used in all sorts of places, from homes to big solar farms. This flexibility means they can work for lots of different energy needs and settings.

On top of that, solar power can be combined with other renewable sources like wind or hydropower to make a stronger and more eco-friendly energy system.

 

Installing Solar Panels With ESOLAR

At ESOLAR, we are proud to be the multi-award-winning solar installer, recognised as the National Solar PV Contractor/Installer of the Year 2023 at the Energy Efficiency Awards and North West Installer of the Year for four consecutive years (2021-2024).

We offer nationwide installations within 14 days of your survey and provide an instant online quote to ensure convenience and transparency. Our price match guarantee means we will beat any genuine quote, making solar energy more affordable for you.

With us, you have the ability to choose your own survey date and experience outstanding customer service from our FCA-approved team. We are accredited by MCS, NAPIT, NICEIC, Trustmark, and RECC meaning that we can install some of the most aesthetically pleasing panels on the market, with thousands of happy customers being able to back up our claims.

 

Conclusion

Solar panels offer a wide range of benefits, from cost savings and environmental protection to energy independence and economic growth.

As technology advances and costs continue to fall, the usage of solar energy is due to rise, playing an important role in the transition to a sustainable and resilient energy future.

Whether you’re a homeowner looking to reduce your electricity bills or a business owner aiming to improve your energy security, solar panels present a smart, forward-thinking investment.

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