Solar PV

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What is Solar PV?

Solar panel electricity systems, also known as solar photovoltaics (PV), capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells.

Solar PV – the key facts*

  • PV cells convert energy from the sun to electricity.
  • Solar PV panels can be fitted on roofs and façades, as integrated tiles, or as standalone mountings or power units.
  • The average energy output from a 1kWp solar cell in the UK is between 700 and 850 kWh/year.
  • A small office could generate 20% of its power with 40m2 of cells.
  • Payback periods for grid-connected PV in the UK are currently typically between 5 and 10 years, if Feed-in Tariff (FIT) is being claimed.
  • Electricity generated by PV is eligible for ROCs or the FIT (dependent on the total installed capacity of the system) and exempt from the CCL.
  • Systems must be accredited by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) to be eligible for FIT.
  • The optimum installation orientation for PV is between east and west through south at an angle of about 30° from horizontal.

What we do

BG Energy Solutions specialises in the delivery, installation and funding of (non-domestic) large, complex solar PV systems. To find out how we can help you to integrate solar PV in to your energy mix, contact our team today.

*Source: The Carbon Trust