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Solar Panel Roofing Pros and Cons

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Thinking about solar panel roofing installation?  Here are some pointers on  the pros and cons.

Pros:

  1. They will significantly reduce your electricity bill

Installing solar panels on your roof will not only will you not need to reply on electricity companies for your electricity, these companies may also pay you to use the energy left over that you don’t use which has been stored from your solar panels – so you can make money too!

  1. You are helping save the environment

Using a renewable energy such as solar panels is great for the environment.  Older forms of electricity source are of course in depletion, so you can sit smug that you have at least done your part to help.

  1. They are very quiet

Solar panels don’t make a noise and just store the energy from the sun in batteries.  There are no moving part on roof installed solar panels, unless you order a PV array with a rotational axis that follows the sun throughout daytime.

  1. Solar energy can be created in remote areas

Although this might be a major problem for most in the UK, for those who live in remote areas, perhaps with no supply from electricity companies, they can generate their own electricity without relying on anyone else.

Cons:

  1. They are expensive to initially set up

Although you may save money on your electricity, the bigger your energy needs, the more your cost is and you can spend thousands of pounds. Some electricity providers are actually offering ways to fund installations, so you don’t need to invest a massive initial capital to get set up. Depending on where you live and your payment plan, your energy savings could equal your monthly payment. Furthermore, due to advances in energy conversion and manufacturing, solar panels are becoming cheaper than ever.

  1. Storing solar energy is quite pricing at the moment

The batteries to store the energy conserved in a the daytime are quite expensive ranging from a few hundred pounds to high end Tesla batteries costing approximately £2500-3000 each! The batteries need to be stored in a dry area to avoid damage and you will need to purchase accessories such as a cord and replaceable cells.  These will need to be replaced approximately every 15 to 20 years.

  1. The technology doesn’t work everywhere as well

Living in the UK, we all know that sunny days and few and far between.  Some sun can obviously penetrate clouds of not too thick.  In other areas there is even less daylight hours, such as Norway /Iceland.  The closer to the equator you are, the more sunlight you will get.  Polluted areas will also let through less sunlight.  Keep in mind that over the past 50 years, the average sunlight reduction was 3% per decade, in general.

So there you have the pros and cons of solar panel energy installation.  If you are thinking of going green and having solar panel roofing installed, you need to consider these points and decide what is right for you.  If you want to go ahead with solar panel roof installation, get in touch and we can help.

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