GARAGE CONVERSION AUDIT
STRUCTURAL LOFT CONVERSION AUDIT
PRE-PURCHASE FEASABILITY CONSULTATION
STEEL WORK CONNECTIONS
INTERIOR MINOR ALTERATIONS
CDM & ASSOCIATED REPORTS
HEALTH & SAFETY REPORTS
3D MODELLING (from)
SOIL INVESTIGATION REPORTS
AIR PRESSURE TESTING
BUILDING CONTROL APPLICATIONS
AIR TIGHTNESS TESTING
SOUND INSULATION TESTING
PART F VENTILATION TESTING
RENEWABLE ENERGY ADVICE & INSTALL
THERMOGRAPHIC SURVEYS & TESTING
CODE FOR SUSTAINABLE HOMES
PART G WATER CALCS
DOMESTIC EPC’S FOR LANDLORDS & HOMEOWNERS
Solar panel efficiency refers to the percentage of sunlight that a solar panel can convert into usable electricity. The higher the efficiency, the more electricity you can generate from a given amount of sunlight. While early solar panels had efficiencies around 10%, modern panels can achieve efficiencies of 20% or more.
1. Sunlight Intensity
The UK is notorious for its cloudy weather, which can impact the amount of sunlight reaching the solar panels. However, solar panels don't need direct sunlight to produce electricity; they can still generate power on cloudy days, albeit at a reduced rate.
2. Angle and Orientation
In the UK, the optimal angle for solar panels is around 30-40 degrees, and they should ideally face south.This ensures they capture the maximum amount of sunlight throughout the day. AtSTAAC, we always consider the orientation and angle in our designs to optimize energy production.
Contrary to popular belief, solar panels don't perform best in scorching heat. High temperatures can reduce their efficiency. The UK's moderate temperatures can be beneficial for solar energy production.
4. Quality of the Solar Panels
Not all solar panels arecreated equal. High-quality panels tend to have higher efficiencies and longer lifespans. It's crucial to choose panels from reputable manufacturers.
5. System Losses
Energy losses can occur due to inefficiencies in inverters, resistance in wires, or dirt and debris on the panels. Regular maintenance and cleaning can help mitigate these losses.
Technological advancements have played a significant role in enhancing solar panel efficiency. Bifacial solar panels, which capture sunlight from both sides, and solar tracking systems, which move the panels to follow the sun, are two innovations that can boost energy production.
The initial investment in solar panels can range from £4,000 to £6,000 for an average-sized home. However, the benefits:
Energy-Bill Savings: Homeowners can save up to £270 annually on electricity bills.
Feed-In Tariff (FiT): While the UK's FiT scheme has ended, many energy suppliers offer export tariffs, paying homeowners for excess energy fed back into the grid.
Increased Property Value: Homes with solar installations often see a rise in property value.
Environmental Impact: A reducedcarbon footprint, contributing to a greener planet.
Considering these benefits, the average UK homeowner can recoup their solar panel investment in 10-12 years, enjoying significant savings and benefits thereafter.
At STAAC, we're big fans of green solutions. Many of our projects use solar panels. They're not just about power; they show our love for eco-friendly living. We know the UK's weather and use it to get the best from solar panels.
To sum up, solar panels are more than just an eco-friendly choice; they're a smart investment for UK homeowners. With the right panel type and optimal installation, the benefits far outweigh the costs.
If you're contemplating a shift to solar, contact our team we will make the best possible design solution for your new sustainable house.