Where To Buy Solar Panels
Recent years have seen a sharp rise in the number of people installing solar panels, both domestically and commercially. The popularity is largely due to the number of benefits that come with solar panels and owners will receive financial rewards as well as playing a large part in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions which are the leading contributor to global warming.
With so many positives to be had with the installation of solar energy, the question is where to buy solar panels? There are many retailers throughout the UK that are able to provide both panels and installation for a set fee; there is also the opportunity to have panels provided and installed completely free of charge.
The feed-in tariff scheme
When searching around for where to buy solar panels, you will be met with a number of companies that offer solar photovoltaic (panels that generate electricity) systems free of charge. A typical solar photovoltaic panel system is likely to cost around £8000-£14000 to install; this is a lot more than many people can afford and is too much to take out in a loan. This makes the opportunity of free installation all the more appealing, but what is the catch? There is rarely anything that is completely free of charge and this is the case with this offer.
Installing a solar photovoltaic system gives the owner eligibility to enter into a scheme known as the feed-in tariff. This was introduced by the government in April 2010 and rewards customers financially by giving them the opportunity to sell any unused electricity to the National Grid where it can be recycled. The feed-in tariff payments have been set for 25 years and will provide payments of around £1030 per year; this will amount to a sum of over £25000 over the 25 years. When choosing to buy from a company that offers free installation you are required to sign over the feed-in tariffs to the installation company and will therefore lose out on a significant financial incentive.
If you are looking for where to buy solar panels and have the funds available for installation then this is the best option as you will be able to take advantage of the feed-in tariff. The tariff is designed to cover the cost of installation and reward customers that act now to install solar power.
There are still advantages to having solar panels installed for free and customers are able to make substantial savings on energy bills by generating their own electricity. These savings can amount to around £200 per year.
Solar panel installation companies
In terms of where to buy solar panels the UK has an excellent market. A good resource to find out about available solar panels and the available options is energysavingtrust.org.uk, YouGen is also recommended. There are a number of companies that can provide solar panels or both solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems.
Recommended companies in the UK include (by website):