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The benefits of Solar Electricity 

Cut your carbon footprint: 
Solar electricity is green, renewables energy and doesn’t release any harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) or other pollutants. A typical home PV system could save around 1tonne of CO2 per year – that’s around 25 tonnes over its lifetime. 
Cut your electricity bills: 
Sunlight is free, so once you’ve paid for the initial installation your electricity costs will be greatly reduced. A typical home PV system can produce around 40% of the electricity a household uses in a year. 
Sell electricity back to the Grid: 
if your system is producing more electricity than you need, or when you can’t use it, someone else can use it – and you could make a bit of money. 
Store electricity for a cloudy day: 
If your home isn’t connected to the national grid you can store excess electricity in batteries to use when you need it. 
Is solar electricity suitable for my home? 
To tell if solar electricity is right for you, there are a few key questions to consider: 
Do you have a sunny place to put it? 
You’ll need a roof or wall that faces within 90 degrees of south, and isn’t overshadowed by trees or buildings. If the surface is in shadow for parts of the day, your system will generate less energy. 
Is your roof strong enough? 
Solar panels are not light and the roof must be strong enough to take their weight, especially if the panel is placed on top of existing tiles. If in doubt, ask a construction expert or an installer. 
Do you need planning permission? 
In England, Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland, you don’t need planning permission for most home solar electricity systems, as long as they’re below a certain size – but you should check with your local planning officer, especially if your home is a listed building, or is in a conservation area or World Heritage Site. 
Making the most of solar electricity 
To make electricity you produce go further: 
Invest in energy efficient appliances. 
Find energy saving products 
Use energy when the sun is out 
do your laundry during the day to take advantage of the free electricity 
Costs, savings and maintenance 
Costs for installing a solar electricity system vary a lot 
an average system (2.2kW) costs around £12,000 (including VAT at 5%). Per kW, solar electricity systems can cost in the region of £4,500 to £8,000 per kW, but costs per kW should reduce as system size increases. 
Savings can be considerable 
around 1 tonne of CO2 a year. A 2.2 kWp system can generate around 40% of a household’s yearly electricity needs. If the system is eligible to receive the Feed In Tariff it could generate savings and income of around £900 per year. 
Maintenance is generally small 
you’ll need to keep the panels relatively clean and make sure trees don’t begin to overshadow them. 
How do photovoltaic (PV) cells work? 
PV cells are panels you can attach to your roof or walls. Each cell is made from one or two layers of semiconducting material, usually silicon. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric field across the layers. The stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced. 
PV cells come in a variety of shapes and colours, from grey “solar tiles” that look like roof tiles to panels and transparent cells that you can use on conservatories and glass. 
The strength of a PV cell is measured in kilowatt peak (kWp). That’s the amount of energy the cell generates in full sunlight. 
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