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WHAT IS SOLAR PV?
Solar PV is a renewable energy system which uses photovoltaic modules on the roof of a building to convert light into electricity. Voltaic cells are made up of thin layers of semi-conducting material (usually crystalline silicon) which generate an electrical charge when exposed to direct light.

HOW DOES GRANT SOLAR PV WORK?
A Grant Solar PV module is made up of monocrystalline cells which consist of two or more thin layers of semi-conducting chemically treated silicon materials. The chemicals react when light hits the cell, creating an electric field across the layers, producing a direct current. The greater the light intensity, the greater the flow of electricity. This direct current (DC) is then fed into an inverter which changes it into a usable alternating current (AC).

WHERE CAN I INSTALL MY PV MODULES?
The location of the PV is vitally important. The modules must receive the maximum amount of day light possible, so it is not advised to install the modules in situation where surrounding buildings or trees may cast shadows. The best location for a PV solar module is on a south-facing roof. Grant have various mounting arrangements including on-roof, in-roof and flat roof kits, both landscape and portrait.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOLAR THERMAL AND PV?
As previously mentioned, Solar PV systems use energy from the sun to generate electricity with roof mounted modules. Solar Thermal employs roof mounted collectors to absorb energy from the sun. These collectors are usually connected to the lower coil of a twin-coil cylinder via a sealed circuit containing a special glycol/water solution. The pump in the system circulates the heated fluid from the collector to the cylinder, where the stored water is heated for use in the home.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WEATHER IS CLOUDY OR COLD?
Grant Solar PV uses light to generate electricity, so the modules still work when it is cloudy, although when it is overcast they are less efficient. When it is slightly overcast, the panels may produce as much as half the power they would in sunny conditions. When the sky is heavily overcast, this could reduce further. Temperature is less important than how much light there is. What’s more, a clear cold day is perfect, because PV modules operate better at cooler temperatures.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE MODULES GET DIRTY?
Grant Solar PV modules are self cleaning when mounted at an angle of at least 15º. The amount of dirt on the modules depends on their location. If the modules are in a heavily silted area (e.g. under trees) the build up of dirt may reduce the power the panel generates by around 10%.

WHAT IS THE EXPECTED LIFESPAN OF GRANT SOLAR PV?
Grant Solar PV modules should be expected to last at least 25 years, since there are no moving parts. The modules have a twenty-five year performance guarantee.

CAN I SELL THE ELECTRICITY I PRODUCE BACK TO THE ENERGY SUPPLIER?
Most electricity suppliers will pay for power fed into the Grid (feed-in) from domestic Solar PV systems. The easiest way to do this is by signing up to a ‘Buy Back’ or ‘Feed-in Tariff’ scheme with your power supplier. There are two main types of tariff available:
Generation: You are paid for all of the electricity that your solar PV system generates even if you consume it in your home.
Export: You are paid for just the electricity that is exported back to the Grid and not for any electricity you have consumed.

WHAT ARE FEED-IN TARIFFS (FiT)?
On 1st February 2010, the Government announced new standard generation Feed-in Tarriffs (FiT) rates due to start on 1st April 2010, which are guaranteed for 25 years. This new payback scheme, results in a shorter payback for Solar PV systems, making them an extremely attractive green option for any home. PV systems registering with the scheme between 1st April 2010 and 31st March 2011 will benefit from the following:

Any system less than 4kW on a new build = 36.1p per kW pay-back
Any system less than 4kW on a retrofit = 41.3p per kW pay-back
Any system 4-10kW new build or retrofit = 36.1p per kW pay-back
Any system 10-100kW new build or retrofit = 31.4p per kW pay-back

This means that if you normally pay 12p per kWh for your electricity, you would effectively get both the power consumed for free and the FiT. So on a retrofit system below 4kW this would mean 12p + 41.3p = 53.3p per kWh saving!

Everyone consumes energy, but sometimes it is hard to know just how much power is really being used in the home. Domestic electrical usage is measured in kilowatt hours (kWh) and the best way to understand what this means is to look at what a kWh does in everyday life. A kWh of electricity can provide:

• 1200 electric shaves
• Drying your hair 15 times
• Microwaving 20 meals
• 4 evenings of light with 60W incandescent lamps

An average 3-bed house uses between 9-10kWh per day*. To put this into perspective, a 2.88kW Grant Solar PV System (approximately 16 panels) should produce around 3,285kWh of electricity per annum.


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Grant Solar Solution for Combi Boilers
£220.00
Grant Solar Solution for Combi Boilers.
Grant DuoWave Twin-Coil Range Cylinder
£1,173.00
Grant DuoWave Twin-Coil Range Cylinder.
Grant DuoWave Plus Triple-Coil Range Cylinder
£1,648.00
Grant DuoWave Plus Triple-Coil Range Cylinder.
Grant Solar PV Aurora Solar Thermal Kits
£2,707.50
Grant Solar PV Aurora Solar Thermal Kits.
Grant Solar PV Sahara Solar Thermal Kits
£2,844.00
Grant Solar PV Sahara Solar Thermal Kits.
Grant Solar PV (Photovoltaic) On Roof Kits
£14,760.00
Grant Solar PV (Photovoltaic) On Roof Kits.


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