Solar PV and Solar Thermal
Solar PV (photovoltaics), captures the sun's energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don't need direct sunlight to work - they can still generate electricity on a cloudy day. The cells convert the sunlight into DC current, an inverter then turns this into AC current (useable electricity in the home). This not only saves you money on your energy bills, but the Government will also pay you for generating and using your own electricity. Any electricity not used in your home is automatically sold back to your energy supplier through a Government initiative called the Feed-In-Tariff. This means you will be getting a guaranteed, tax free income for the next 20 years.
Solar Thermal Modules generate heat to provide hot water to the house via the the central heating system. By heating water using the suns radiation, thermal collectors can provide almost all of the hot water requirements during the summer and an average of 50-70% annually.
Solar Thermal panels contain solar fluid which circulates through the panels and into a twin coil solar cylinder. The cylinder comprises of one coil which receives the heat from the collector on the roof, and another that supplies heat from the main house hold boiler/ heat source for when solar energy is insufficient, such as winter months.
This technology benefits from a Government initiative called the Renewable Heat Incentive. By having this technology installed on your property, you could not only benefit energy bill savings through generating your own electricity but you will also receive quarterly incentive payments for 7 years following installation.