If you have been thinking about investing in solar panels for your home, then you are probably aware of the proposed changes to the feed in tariff (FITs) for new Solar Photovoltaic (PV) installations.
As part of the review consultation, the proposal is that if you install Solar PV and your solar panel installation is not registered with your utility provider on or before 12th December 2011 you could be affected by the proposed changes, which are broadly as set out here:
It is true that these figures are still under discussion and review, but if you are considering installing solar panels for your home after 12th December 2011 then it is recommended that you base your decision on the lower rates of feed in tariff.
In terms of deciding whether to install solar panels (setting the environmental considerations aside) the potential financial returns from investing are possibly the biggest influencing factor – do solar panels still represent a good investment?
As is clearly demonstrated by this example, double digit tax free returns are still realistically achievable, (even lower installation prices have been quoted to the writer) due in part to the significant reductions in cost for the hardware (solar panels) and high levels of competition in the solar pv market.
In my opinion, installing solar panels for your home still represents one of the best investments around, to find out if your home is suitable for installing solar pv and what financial benefits you could receive, simply … More...
When it comes to providing your home with a better supplement of energy, there is no better way to save money when it comes to using do it yourself solar kits. There are numerous reasons when it comes to why these have become so popular over the last few years. Lets examine why.
The kits not only are capable of saving money, but they can even be simply installed using standard household tools. As well as having the ability of being able to save money on your next energy bill, solar panels are considered a great way of getting started to use solar energy. Also, the kits are ideal for those of us who are looking a way to cut down on high energy costs and therefore making our energy bill more affordable than they have been in the past.
When it comes to checking to see if your house is suitable for installing a solar power kit, then there are a few thing to consider. These things can include; making sure your house is moderne, and very energy efficient.Do it yourself solar kits are available in a few different models, but all will consist of almost the same components. The primary compnent, of course, are the solar cells. Silicone based panels have been generally considered to be the best, but there are many different sizes available. The main sizes are squares and rectangles, the reason for this is because so they can easily be placed side by side.
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There is a ton of research to be done ahead of purchasing solar panels. Part of that research needs to be about which solar panels to buy. You don’t want to invest your money in equipment which ends up failing you down the road, so read the tips below to find out how to make the best decision. You will end up making money thanks to your great decision! When it comes to the price of a solar panel, it is the wattage, physical size, quality, brand, certifications and longevity which often affect the overall cost. That said, you cannot choose which panel to buy based just on the price.
You have to figure out if its size fits your needs, both in wattage and physical dimensions. You also need to know if the certifications it carries qualify you for government rebates or not. On top of that, you want a high quality system in place, otherwise you’re wasting your money. Consider all of these factors as well as your budget before you buy any panels. Another thing to consider is which tier of manufacturer quality the panels come from. The first tier contains a small number of manufacturers who lead the field in innovation, quality control and materials used. Tier two is good, but not great. Tier three makes up the bulk of the companies out there, and they only focus on assembling panels, not creating new technologies. They buy cells from other companies and you have no idea … More...