How Solar Energy Works

Solar PV

Solar PV panels capture the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity which can be used to run your household appliances and lighting.  But can it really work in a country renowned for its cloudy summers?
Yes!  Solar PV panels work at their optimum in bright sunshine but they will still generate electricity when it’s cloudy.

A Solar PV (Photovoltaic) system captures the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells.
These cells convert irradiance from the sun into electricity, which can then be used to run electrical household appliances and lighting.

PV cells generate direct electrical current (DC) which flows to an inverter. The inverter converts DC electricity into alternating electrical current (AC). The AC current then goes into your main electricity supply via your consumer unit (fuse board). Solar PV panels work at their optimum in bright sunshine but they will still generate electricity when it’s cloudy.

A typical Solar PV system on a domestic property can generate up to 40%* of the electricity required by an average household.

We are often asked if Solar PV system works during a power cut.  The answer is no, unfortunately a PV system will automatically shut down in the event of a power cut for safety reasons. For example, if an engineer needed to work on your local sub-station, it would be dangerous if your PV system was feeding electricity back into the grid. The system will automatically switch itself back on once power is restored and the inverter retains all historical information.

 

Our team is ready to take your call and happy to discuss the various options with you.