Solar energy is booming. The renewables sector, and solar PV in particular, has seen exponential levels of growth over the last decade, with global capacity increasing by 107GW in 2020 (a 291% increase on 2011’s figure!). In the space of ten years, solar PV has evolved from a niche small-scale market to a mainstream electricity source. The latest edition of Aberla’s blog delves a little deeper…
The next question is how many solar panels do you need to power your home and/or business?
In the UK, average annual electricity usage for a house is around 3,000 kWh. You can expect an annual return of between 750 and 1100 kWh per kWp installed. Therefore, you would need roughly 3.5kWp of solar PV installed to generate 3,000 kWh per year, equating to 10 350W panels.
The key benefits from using solar energy include:
The most important benefit is that solar energy is a truly renewable energy source. If we were able to harvest all of the energy radiated from the sun for one hour it would power the earth for one year.
Reduces Electricity Bills
Savings will obviously be dependent on the size of the system and the amount of electricity you use in your household / business. Because you will have harvested some of the energy you need to power your home from a renewable technology, you wouldn’t have to purchase as much from the grid (or none at all if you had a large enough system!)
Meets green agenda
As the climate crisis worsens, more and more businesses are focusing on reducing their carbon emissions. Installing solar panels is a superb step towards achieving your sustainability goals.
Any energy generated by the PV system which has not been used to power your household / business can then be sold back to the National Grid for a fee.
Predictable payback terms
As the system reduces your electricity bills and has the potential to generate additional income, it should take approximately 8 years to pay for the installation costs. Most solar panel installations, assuming you’ve chosen your installer and maintenance team wisely (like Aberla), remain active for over 25 years.
Protects against market volatility
The cost of electricity generated from the grid fluctuates over any given time, due to a number of dynamic factors. Being able to power your household/business with solar energy protects you from market volatility, providing steady and reliable electricity at predictable prices.
Aberla Energy is proud to provide these systems to households and businesses across the UK. Across the team, we have worked on some of the most innovative projects in the industry, delivering 40MWp of solar PV to our nationwide clients.
We offer clients a complete turn-key solution for the delivery of solar PV, including feasibility, design, supply, install, commissioning and aftercare maintenance.
Solar PV is just one of many renewable technologies that sit within our core energy offer. Others include EV charging, battery storage, smart grids, heat networks and air source heat pumps!