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Flex Eco Solar PV 

Flex Eco 
Solar PV 
 
Solar PV (Photovoltaic) panels are the most popular of all renewable energy installs, due to its applicability to every electricity using home. The established nature of the technology, makes it very cost effective. Highly affordable to even the average environmentally conscious consumer. 
 
They can generate power 365 days a year, and have the ability to power your home day and night, when combined with battery storage. With government financial incentives still in place, it is an obvious first step towards self-sufficiency, and cost savings, in a world of continued energy price increases. 
 
“If you use electricity you can benefit from having a solar PV system” 
The Solar PV industry is now very established with millions of homes using this technology to produce power. 
 
As a result this technology is now much more affordable. Coupled with the government backed incentives (that are still available,) it is not only of benefit to and applicable to every home, it is also something most consumers can afford to invest in. 
 
The battery storage and smart home systems that are now available have really expanded the potential of domestic solar PV systems. They mean homes can be powered day and night from solar energy. Some can even enable your home to function off grid, in the event of a power-cut. 
 
The government incentives will be reducing over time, and electricity prices are set to increase, so there has never been a better time start saving money on your electricity bills. Make your first steps towards self-sufficiency and environmental responsibility with a solar panel system. 
Solar energy is one of the biggest and most effective kinds of renewable energy in the world.  
 
We harvest the natural power of the sun to create electricity to heat and light homes and businesses. Your system can either produce electricity or heat your water whilst reducing the amount of carbon dioxide you produce. 
 
Solar panels give us a greener alternative to other forms of power, such as central heating, as they do not pollute or emit greenhouse gases whilst operating. There have been many advancements over the years into the technology of pv modules and more recently battery storage. They are now more than ever accessible and affordable. Solar can save homes and businesses hundreds of pounds a year on electricity bills. 
 
Solar power works using individual PV cells. These are joined together to form the solar panel systems that are made up of cells and conductive materials. They can then convert energy from the sun and generate electricity for use around your home. 
There are few things we can look at to help you decide if installing solar panels could be right for you. 
Types of Solar Panels 
Firstly, the types of solar PV panel, and which one you choose, does depend on what you need it for, as well as the space you have available and the money you are able to spend on them. Solar cells have come a long way since they first began. They are now much more advanced, making them not only more efficient but more aesthetically pleasing too. The main types of solar panel available are: 
 
Monocrystalline solar module: these kinds of solar panels take up less space than the polycrystalline panels but are about the same efficiency. They can be more expensive, however. 
 
Polycrystalline solar module: the process of making these panels is much simpler. This makes them cheaper, however they are slightly less efficient at high temperature but not enough to worry about when used for residential purposes. They do, however, require more space as you tend to need more of them. 
 
Thin film solar cells: these work by using substrate and photovoltaic cells and using several layers of the material onto a substrate base. There are various materials that can be used, they are simple to produce en masse and can be cheaper and more flexible. 
 
Amorphous silicon solar cell: these usually have several layers which are stacked to increase their efficiency, however, compared to other types these are less efficient. 
 
Biohybrid solar cell: these have been made to utilize a more natural method of photosynthesis by combining organic and non-organic matter. This means almost 100% efficiency, but they do produce less power overall. 
You can also buy roof tiles that are solar. These look just like normal roof tiles and can incorporate a battery. If you have a listed property these can often be the better option, and they are most popular amongst those who feel solar panels don’t look very attractive. The tiles are considerably more expensive than photovoltaic pv as you’re probably looking at around £10,000 for an average home of 3 people. 
 
There is also a difference between solar panels and solar cells. Solar cells contain all the necessary parts to convert sunlight into electricity. The cells are connected to create a solar panel which generates more electricity. 
 
Energy storage is becoming increasingly efficient. With solar batteries becoming more popular, energy your system produced during the day can be stored for use at night or on cloudy days when less power is produced. This is a good way to ensure your home is even more energy efficient and you get the best out of your panels. 
 
It is a common misconception that the sun must be directly shining on a solar panel for it to work efficiently, as this is not true. They can still produce electricity even on dull days, but they will work far more efficiently on sunny days in the summer than winter as the sun is higher in the sky. The best panels can have an efficiency of around 22%. This is very high efficiency as most are around 15%. 
 
The Benefits of Solar Panels 
There are many benefits to generating solar electricity, here are few: 
 
It’s green: there are no pollutants produced while solar panels operate, so by using them you are using clean energy to power your home or business, reducing your carbon footprint. 
 
Save on cash: any electricity you produce is totally free of charge and you can use it to power anything within your home or business for free. This will of course lower your energy bills and save you cash in the long term. You will also be able to make money from the Smart Export Guarantee which replaces FIT, meaning a quicker return on investment. 
 
No planning permission: installing solar panels doesn’t require special permission. There are some rules that need to be followed but mostly it’s simple. 
 
Its renewable: the sun won’t be running out any time soon and they even work on cloudy days, so you should have plenty of free electricity all year round. Add a battery storage device to save your electricity produced and use it for the evening too. It will cut your carbon footprint as a bonus too. 
 
Efficient all year: they can produce energy all year, not just when the sun shines most. 
Solar PV Panel Options | Flex Eco 
We are happy to install any system of your choice. If you have a particular brand of solar panel, you specifically want to have as part of your system, just let us know. However to make things easier for you we have selected what we consider the best panels available for a variety of budgets and system needs. 
 
 
We have made this selection based upon: 
 
 
Quality 
(the feedback from our fitters as to the robustness of the panels, as well as the manufacturers reputations and warranty lengths.) 
Value 
(the highest ratios of performance related to price). 
Aesthetics 
(how the panel look on your home is a major consideration for many clients, and we make sure our panels are as discrete, and stylish looking, as possible). 
Company 
(the long-term stability and financial security of the manufacturer). 
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