Dometic solar panels are sleek, stylish and silent
It’s no surprise that with fossil fuels running out more people are embracing domestic solar panels for their homes. Producing your own electricity by using domestic solar panels significantly reduces your household’s dependency on fossil fuels. This contributes to cutting the emission of greenhouse gases that cause global warming and pollutants.
One of the biggest incentives of installing solar panels either on your existing roof is a financial one. Through the government backed Feed-in Tariff, you get paid for all the electricity you generate via your home’s solar panels. Any surplus energy you don’t need that your panels generate automatically fed back into the National Grid.
Sleek and stylish in appearance, silent and requiring little maintenance, domestic solar panels are a great choice. Eclipse Energy are experienced installers of both commercial solar panels and home solar panels. We would be more than happy to supply and fit solar panels so you can improve your home with this eco-friendly power solution.
Benefits of investing in domestic solar panels:
Investing in domestic solar panels has a whole host of appealing benefits including:
- Access to a number of government funding initiatives, including the Feed-in Tariff.
- Generate your own electricity which you use for free, saving up to 50% per year.
- Get paid for all the electricity you generate, which is currently around £400-£500 annually.
- Send any unused electricity back to the National Grid and get paid. This adds up to about £80 a year in the North of England.
- These payments are also tax-free.
- Reduce your carbon-footprint.
- Domestic solar panels are easy to install and require very little maintenance.
- Domestic solar panels are noiseless and visually attractive.
- Protect yourself from rising energy costs. You don’t have to buy as much electricity from your electricity provider because you would be generating your own power.
- Built to last! Domestic solar panels are dependable. They have been developed for use in harsh conditions in space, for example on satellites. This reliable technology comes with an industry standard 25 years’ warranty but can last up to between 30 and 40 years.
How domestic solar panels work
The energy created by daylight is absorbed by solar cells in the panels. This direct current goes through an inverter that converts the direct current into alternation current. This alternation current can then be fed into your home’s electricity network and the National Grid.
The Feed-In Tariff
The Feed-In Tariff is a government supported scheme with the aim of encouraging more homes and businesses to install renewable, low carbon, technology to generate their electricity, such as solar panels.
You may have heard on the news about the government’s plans to cut the Feed-in Tariff- money paid to you for the electricity you generate through renewable technology like solar panels. Coming into force in January 15th 2016, the government cut the Feed-in Tariff by 64% but this still allows households to earn a strong 4.8% return on investment over 20 years from their solar panels and up to £8,080 over the two-decade period. The drop in the prices of installing home solar panels and commercial solar power is another bonus.
How electricity is measured:
Electricity from domestic solar panels is measured in kilowatts peak (kWp). This is the rate at which it produces energy at peak performance such as midday on a sunny day. The total amount of electricity the system actually creates during a year is rated in kilowatt hours (kWh).
Payments come in the form of the Generation Tariff- Paid to you by your energy provider at a set rate for each unit (or kWh) of electricity you generate. Once your system has been registered, the tariff levels remain guaranteed for the period of the tariff (up to 20 years) and are index-linked (they change by the same amount as the general level of prices).
You will also receive a further Export Tariff- from your energy supplier for each unit of electricity that you export back to the electricity grid, so you can sell any electricity you generate but don’t use yourself.
Energy Performance Certificates
You will need an Energy Performance Certificate when you are applying for the Feed-in Tariff scheme. Doing what they say on the tin, Energy Performance Certificates are evidence of how energy efficient your home is, with band ‘A’ being the most efficient and band ‘G’ being the least. Your home needs to secure at least a grade ‘D’ to qualify for the feed-in tariff.
Our friendly and professional team of assessors can carry out a full energy efficiency assessment on your house and issue you with a certificate, which is valid for ten years and is accompanied by expert suggestions on how your household can reduce its carbon emissions.
Customer care and satisfaction are our top priorities. We support you every step of the way throughout the installation process.
- All homes and businesses in the UK that are for sale or to let must have an Energy Performance Certificate. Our reliable assessors can visit your home and conduct a quick and simple assessment of your home’s energy efficiency levels. Then we will issue an Energy Performance Certificate, along with suggestions for further energy efficiency improvements.
- Our qualified engineers will conduct a free assessment on your home. This will let you make an informed decision before committing to domestic solar panel installation. They will deliver a detailed written report to help you weigh up the pros and cons of installing solar panels.
Although it is more ideal for your roof to face south and be at a pitched angle for solar panels to operate at the best level, there is a solar solution for every home and roof-type. We value honesty here at Eclipse Energy and would never encourage you to go for solar energy if you would not benefit from it.
- If you decide to go ahead with buying solar panels and installing them following the results of our assessments, we advise that you get in touch with your Feed-in Tariff supplier/ licensee.This need to be done ideally before your solar panels are commissioned to check what details and documents, such as your Energy Performance Certificate, they need from you and when they need to have them by. A list of Feed-in Tariff suppliers can be found here.
- Our efficient and reliable team will then proceed to install your domestic solar panels. Our engineers are MCS accredited, as are the products we install, a requirement if you are applying for the Feed-in Tariff. We also work closely with local partners and suppliers around Halifax and West Yorkshire allowing us to pass on our savings to you.
- We will issue you with an MCS certificate when we register your solar panel installation on the MCS database.
- Once we have installed your new system, tell your chosen Feed-in Tariff licensee that you want to register for the Feed-in Tariff and send them your MCS Certificate, completed application form and Energy Performance Certificate showing your home has an energy efficiency level of grade ‘D’ or higher.
- We will inform your electricity supplier once the installation is complete. For systems larger than 4kW we will require permission in advance from the network operator.
- Your Feed-in Tariff licensee will then carry out other eligibility checks and add you to the Ofgem Central Feed-in Tariff Register. For more information, click here. Your licensee will also confirm your eligibility and the date from which you are able to start receiving payments so you can start reaping the financial rewards of having installed solar panels in your home!
- We are pleased to offer a quality after-project and maintenance service. We are on-hand to support you even after your domestic solar panels are installed and the project is complete.