Solar Panels

Generating Renewable Electricity

How do solar panels work?

A solar photovoltaic (PV) panel is an assembly of numerous cells, each constructed from layers of a semi-conducting material, predominantly silicon. The basic principle behind these cells is that when they are exposed to light, the semi-conducting material initiates a process that generates a flow of electricity. This phenomenon is due to the nature of the semi-conductor and the photovoltaic effect.

Notably, the cells within these panels are designed to be efficient in various light conditions. They do not require direct sunlight to function and are capable of producing electricity even on overcast days. However, their efficiency is correlated with the intensity of the sunlight they receive. In ideal conditions, under strong sunshine, these cells are more productive and generate more electricity.

Solar PV systems typically consist of multiple panels linked together. A standard panel in these systems can produce approximately 400 watts (W) of energy when exposed to strong sunlight. A common setup for residential or small-scale commercial use includes about 10 of these panels. Collectively, they produce a significant amount of electricity in the form of direct current (DC).

However, most household appliances and electrical systems use alternating current (AC). Therefore, to make the electricity generated by solar PV systems usable for common household applications, an inverter is integrated into the system. This inverter is responsible for converting the DC electricity produced by the solar panels into AC electricity. The converted electricity can then be utilized for various household needs or can be fed into the electrical grid, contributing to the overall energy supply.

Why Choose Solar Panels For your Home

Are solar panels right for me?

Do you have enough space?

When planning for solar panel installation, space availability on your roof is a crucial factor to consider. On average, a solar panel system with a capacity of approximately 4.0 kilowatts peak (kWp) requires about 20 square meters (m²) of roof space. This is a general guideline, but the exact space needed can vary based on specific panel sizes and layouts.

The orientation of your roof significantly affects the efficiency and electricity output of the solar panels. Ideally, a roof that faces directly south is preferred, as it maximizes solar exposure and electrical output. If your roof faces east or west, it can still be suitable for solar panel installation, but expect a reduction in energy yield—typically around 15-20% less compared to a south-facing installation. However, north-facing roofs are generally not recommended due to their limited exposure to sunlight.

Shade is another important aspect to consider. Your roof’s exposure to sunlight can be hindered by nearby obstructions like buildings, trees, or chimneys. These can cast shadows on your solar panels, adversely affecting their performance and reducing the overall energy output. While finding a completely unshaded location is ideal, it’s not always possible. In cases where shading is an issue, certain solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can be equipped with ‘optimisers’. These devices can help mitigate the impact of shading by optimizing the performance of individual panels. However, if your roof is free from shading, installing optimisers may not be necessary. Their primary benefit in unshaded conditions would be enhanced monitoring capabilities rather than increased energy production.

Do I need permission to install a solar PV system?

When considering the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in your home, it’s important to note that these are typically categorized as ‘permitted developments.’ This means they often do not require formal planning permission, simplifying the process significantly. However, there are notable exceptions to this rule. It’s crucial to consult with your local planning authority for specific guidance tailored to your situation. This step is particularly important if your residence is located in sensitive areas such as listed buildings, designated conservation areas, or within the boundaries of national parks. In these cases, you may face additional restrictions or requirements.

Furthermore, for homeowners in the UK looking to install a solar PV system, there’s a mandatory procedure to follow regarding its registration. This involves notifying your Distribution Network Operator (DNO), the organization responsible for managing the infrastructure that delivers electricity to your home. The DNO must be informed about your new energy device to ensure safe and efficient integration into the electrical grid. While this might seem like a daunting task, it is often handled by the company or individual installing your solar panels. They usually take care of the registration process on your behalf.

Finally, for comprehensive and up-to-date guidance on registering your new energy device in England, Scotland, and Wales, the UK Government provides relevant advice and resources. This information can be particularly helpful in navigating the administrative aspects of integrating solar PV systems into your home’s energy setup. It’s always a good idea to familiarize yourself with these guidelines to ensure a smooth and compliant installation process.

Why Choose Teevo Energy?

Customised  Solutions

At Teevo Energy, we work with you to provide solutions tailored to your specific needs and affordability. We understand that investing in renewable energy solutions can be a significant financial commitment. That’s why we offer easy financing options to make the switch to solar more accessible for our customers

Expertise in Solar & Renewable Energy

Our team of experienced professionals are experts in the field of solar and renewable energy and are all trained or trainee electricians or engineers. We can provide solutions tailored to your specific needs and requirements, big or small.

Free No-Obligation Consultations

We offer free, no-obligation consultations to help you determine the best solutions for your home or business. We will start with a quotation based on your requirements and if it’s affordable for you, we can work from there.

Licensed and Insured

Teevo Energy is a fully licensed and insured Electrical and Solar Engineering Firm, ensuring the safety and security of your property and investments is our main priority.

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Other Frequently Asked Questions?

Is it sunny enough to have solar panels in the UK?

While it’s a common misconception that the United Kingdom, known for its overcast skies, doesn’t receive enough sunlight for effective solar panel usage, the reality is quite different. The UK actually receives a substantial amount of solar energy, sufficient to make the installation of solar panels for residential purposes a worthwhile investment. This is true even on days when the skies are cloudy. Surprisingly, the amount of solar energy that the UK captures is comparable to that of several warmer European countries. Moreover, it’s on par with Germany, which is globally recognized as one of the top producers of solar power. This comparison underscores the potential for solar energy in the UK, challenging the prevailing belief that its cloudy weather is a major hindrance to solar energy utilization.

Can I add a battery to my solar panel system?

Installing a battery as part of your home energy system enables the storage of excess energy generated by your solar panels or other renewable sources during peak production hours. This stored energy can then be utilized at your convenience, particularly during evening hours or times when energy generation is lower. This setup not only enhances your home’s self-sufficiency by reducing reliance on the grid, but it also leads to significant cost savings on your electricity bills. The battery acts as a reliable backup, ensuring a consistent energy supply and contributing to a more sustainable and economically efficient household energy management.

How long does it take to install Solar Panels?

The process of installing solar panels in a domestic setting is generally efficient and minimally disruptive, often completed within a single day. The preparation for the installation typically begins a few days earlier, with the setup of scaffolding to ensure safe access to the roof. On the day of installation, a specialized team arrives to meticulously mount the solar panels onto the roof. They use precision and care to ensure the panels are correctly aligned and securely attached. Following this, the team installs an inverter, an essential component that converts the solar energy into usable electricity for the home. The final stage of the installation involves careful internal wiring, connecting the solar panel system to the home’s electrical network. This process is done with attention to safety and efficiency, ensuring a smooth integration of the solar energy system into the home’s existing electrical infrastructure.

Is there a danger my Solar Panels will blow off the roof during a storm?

When installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, we adopt rigorous measures to ensure their secure attachment to the building’s structure. This is achieved using a robust and reliable roof hook and rail system, which anchors the panels firmly to the building. To further enhance stability and reduce the risk of wind damage, we always mount our panels at a minimum distance of 30 centimeters from the roof’s edge. This strategic positioning is crucial in mitigating the effects of excessive wind loading on the panels. Our commitment to safety and durability was exemplified during the hurricane-force winds experienced in February 2014. Throughout this extreme weather event, not a single solar panel installed by Teevo Energy was dislodged or blown off from any roof, underscoring the effectiveness of our installation approach and the resilience of our mounting system.

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Homeowners to pay 0% VAT on solar panels

Since April 2022, solar products are VAT exempt.

The UK’s initiatives to push green energy into private households and businesses is just the beginning of a green and clean future. We can only hope that this incentivises people to make energy efficient choices for their properties.

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WHY NOT ADD A SOLAR BATTERY OR TIGO OPTIMIZERS TO YOUR SOLAR PANELS?

Our Solar PV Packages include everything you need to generate and store your Solar energy. By installing both Solar Panels and Solar Batteries, you can generate and store solar energy to be used at any time! Making your home more energy independent and increasing your overall savings.

Optimized Solar Systems

Tigo technology offers higher energy output through your PV power optimisers and solar inverters, exceptional safety features, and advanced module-level monitoring for your Solar PV System

Solar & Battery Storage

By adding Solar Panels and Battery Storage to your property, you can reduce your annual energy bills by up to 70%. Solar PV Systems, generate electricity directly from the sun, avoiding the use of fossil fuels, and focusing solely on green energy.

Optimized Solar & Battery Storage

By combining both optimisers and Battery storage to your Solar PV system you are now benefiting from maximizing your generation from your solar PV panels and storing everything that you would normally export, to use when you really need the power.

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