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Solar Energy In 2023. Solar Panel Installers Essex.

Solar energy is a renewable and clean source of power that can help reduce your carbon footprint and electricity bills. However, whether it is worth having in your home depends on several factors, such as your location, roof orientation, energy consumption patterns and budget.

According to some sources2, solar power currently produces 25% of the UK’s renewable energy, which itself accounts for 43% of total energy, which means that approximately 11% of the nation’s power comes from solar. Solar panels would need to cover 12% of the UK to power the whole country. The first quarter of 2022 saw a 22% increase in solar generation compared to 2021.

However, solar panels are not equally effective in all regions of the UK. The amount of sunshine you receive depends on your latitude, climate and season. Generally, the south of England receives more sunshine than the north, and summer months have more sunshine than winter months. You can check the average annual solar irradiation for your area on this map.

Another factor to consider is the orientation and angle of your roof. Ideally, you want your solar panels to face south at a 30-40 degree angle to maximise the exposure to sunlight.

However, you can still get decent performance from panels facing east or west, or at different angles. You can use an online calculator3 to estimate how much electricity and income you can generate from solar panels based on your roof details and location.

The cost-effectiveness of solar panels also depends on how much electricity you use and when you use it. Solar panels only generate electricity during daylight hours, so if you are at home during the day and use a lot of appliances, you can benefit more from using your own solar power than exporting it to the grid.

However, if you are out most of the day and use electricity mainly in the evening, you will need to either store your excess solar power in a battery or sell it back to the grid through a scheme called Smart Export Guarantee (SEG). The SEG pays you a variable rate for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity you export, depending on your supplier and tariff.

The initial cost of installing solar panels can vary depending on the size, type and quality of the system, as well as the installer and any grants or incentives available. According to Energy Saving Trust3, the average cost of a 4kW system in the UK is anything between £6,000-£12,000 depending upon the brand, set-up and site survey requirements.

The payback period for solar panels can range from 6 to 15 years depending on your location, roof orientation, energy usage patterns and SEG tariff. You can also save money on maintenance costs as solar panels are generally durable and require little upkeep. Most quality panels will last a good 20 years or more.

In summary, solar energy can be worth having in your home if you live in a sunny area, have a suitable roof orientation and angle, use a lot of electricity during the day or have a battery or SEG tariff to store or sell your excess power. However, you should also consider your budget and payback period before investing in solar panels.

Considering solar power in your home? Get a free quote from SolarQuote 2023. SolarQuote puts you in direct contact with the top solar panel installers in Essex.


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