Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels are a fantastic way to tackle high energy bills, as you’ll be using the power of daylight to generate your own clean electricity. For maximum benefits, you could install solar panels alongside a heat pump, helping you further reduce your costs by making the most of amazing renewable energy.
How solar PV works
Solar PV panels absorb daylight, meaning they even work on cloudy days, and convert it into electricity. Of course, the more sunshine there is, the more power your array will generate, so the amount of energy you produce will vary with the weather conditions.
The electricity produced is then used to run appliances and lighting in your home. Any excess power not sold to the National Grid can be stored in battery packs for you to use when the sun goes down or on very cloudy days. Please contact us for more information about battery storage options.
If you’re looking to compare solar panels from different manufacturers, the four main factors to take into account are efficiency, value, aesthetics and warranty.
Why choose Radiant Heating Solutions?
We’re proud to offer a range of best-selling solar PV systems from manufacturers we know and trust. We don’t have any ‘favourites’, so you can rely on us to recommend the best make and model for your individual requirements.
Our solar PV installers are accredited by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) so if you want us to install your panels, you can be confident the installation is compliant with MCS.
Types of solar PV
Roof-integrated solar PV systems
Whilst these are a little more expensive than conventional on-roof systems, they offer a popular and cost-effective solution for new builds. When planning your project, you should consider installing a roof-integrated system to make the most of the free electricity you can generate. Please note that scaffolding will be required unless the panels are fitted at the same time as the roof is installed.
Retrofit installations are also possible as roof-integrated solar PV tiles can be used for roof replacements. As well as looking good, they’re easy to fit using our interlocking frame system.
With a range of options available, roof-integrated systems can be fitted to sloping tiled and slate roofs. As the solar PV tiles integrate into the roof rather than being mounted on top, they offer one of the highest power densities on the market. The system is attached straight to the roof battens and can be used with a wide range of conventional roof tiles.
Ground-mounted solar PV systems
If an on-roof or roof-integrated array isn’t possible (for example, if you have a flat roof), you could consider a ground-mounted system. You might be surprised to find you don’t need loads of space. Sizes range from small, single kW arrays built in a back garden to huge, multi-megawatt solar PV parks and farms built on brownfield or agricultural land.
Whatever your project’s size and scale, the construction principles will generally be the same for any ground-mounted installation. The solar PV panels are fitted to a dedicated mounting structure that’s fixed directly to the ground. The inverters are then installed either immediately below the array or in a purpose-built enclosure nearby.