Solar Photovoltaic Systems

Solar PV

The Phoenix Works specialise in the design, supply and installation of optimised solar photovoltaic systems. Our Solar Panel Installers are well versed in installation on both commercial and domestic sites. Get a quote

What is a Solar Photovoltaic System?

A solar photovoltaic system is a combination of solar photovoltaic modules (solar panels) and an inverter which generate a localised source of natural, clean electricity when they are exposed to light.

Solar panel modules convert the Photons in light into electricity (or Volts) hence the term PhotoVoltaic (PV). The electricity created by a Solar PV module is in Direct Current form (DC). As the United Kingdom has an Alternating Current (AC) national grid, we need to convert the DC created by the solar modules into AC. This is done through the use of an inverter system.

The AC electricity created by the Solar Photovoltaic system can be used by the property or site it is installed on, or it can be fed back into the National Grid.

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Advantages of Solar Energy: Why should I install a Solar Photovoltaic System?

Installing a solar PV system on your property will provide four main benefits; generate an income from the Feed-In-Tariff, reduce electricity bills, reduce CO² emmissions and generate an income from the Export Tariff.

1. Feed-In-Tariff

Installing a solar PV system can generate an income by utilising the Feed-In-Tariff. The Feed-In-Tariff was introduced to the United Kingdom in April 2010 and is a mechanism for encouraging the uptake of small scale electricity generation from renewable sources. The output from a solar PV system is measured using an approved electricity meter known as a generation meter, which is fitted at the time of installation. Every unit of power (kWh) generated by the solar PV system is recorded on the generation meter and each one of these units is eligible for a Feed-In-Tariff payment.

2. Electricity savings

The power generated by the system is available for use on-site in preference to that supplied from the National Grid. By using this clean, free electricity you will consume less power from the grid and consequently reduce your electricity bill. Since the system works in synchronisation with the grid, if the system isn’t producing sufficient power to meet the demand (such as at night,) the extra is supplied from the Grid in the conventional manner.

3. Carbon reduction

Installing a solar PV system on your property and generating your own clean electricity means you can offset a significant amount of Carbon Dioxide. The emission factor used by Government is 0.43kg of Carbon dioxide per kWh of solar generation. A typical 2kWp sized solar PV system will therefore save almost a tonne of Carbon Dioxide every year! Every person who owns a solar PV system is helping reduce the effects of climate change.

4. Export tariff

In addition to the Feed-in Tariff, in times of high-output, surplus power generated by the system is sold back to the grid. There is a minimum rate paid for this exported power and for larger commercial systems power purchase agreements can be negotiated with utility providers. In these instances The Phoenix Works will help negotiate preferential rates on behalf of our clients.
For systems less than 30.00kWp the export isn’t metered and is instead deemed to be 50% of the total power generated.

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