Solar Panels & Solar PV
Industry leading Sunpower & SunEdison Solar Panel installers in Sheffield
Since 2008, Homeco Energy has provided a wide variety of photovoltaic solar modules and inverters from a selection of the world's most trusted and established solar panel manufacturers.
From consultation to contract completion, Homeco Energy will supply and install a Solar Panel system to suit your needs. Whether it is a standard Solar PV On Roof installation, In Roof installation or a Ground Mounted Solar PV installation, your array will be designed to suit your requirements at all times.
Homeco Energy is an entirely independent renewable energy company, and as a result we can offer a bespoke choice of photovoltaic solar panels for your project while offering short lead times and competitive prices.
Solar Electric Systems, or Photovoltaic (PV) Systems, use the sun´s energy to convert solar radiation into electricity through solar roof panels.
The solar electric panels are made up of individual photovoltaic cells which absorb sunlight – working even on cloudy days – to help power your household appliances and lighting.
Each solar electric PV cell is made up from two layers of silicon, which act as a semiconductor. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric-field across the layers. The stronger the sunshine, the more electricity that is produced.
The strength of the PV cell is measured in kilowatt peak (kWp).
Cut your carbon footprint
As a Solar Electric PV system is a green energy, it doesn't release any harmful pollutants, such as Carbon Dioxide into the environment. According to The Energy Saving Trust, a typical 2kWh system could save you around 1200kg of Carbon Dioxide per year Ė around 30 tonnes over its lifetime.
Cut your electricity bills
Sunlight is free. Ofgem have estimated that electricity prices are going to go up by over 60% over the next 3 years. They have already gone up nearly 40% in 2009 alone! By utilising the Feed In Tariff programme, you can use a PV system to not only cut your electricity bill, but to also pay you money back for ALL the electricity your system produces at a guaranteed, year one rate of 21 pence per unit. This rate is guaranteed for 25 years, is index linked and paid on ALL the electricity your system produces, even if you use all that electricity yourself.
Sell electricty back to the grid
Not only will you be paid for ALL the electricity you produce; any excess will also be bought back at around 3 pence per unit.
Shortened pay back periods
Long System Performance. By utisiling the Feed in Tariff, the typical payback time for a solar PV system is less than 10 years, a return of over 10% PA, which is significantly higher than any bank or building society is currently offering. The Feed in Tariff is guaranteed for 25 years, which is the same length of time your Homeco Solar PV system is covered under warranty.
A safe investment
Your Solar PV system is a safe investment. A typical household system can see returns of 10% to 14% per annum. Over its lifetime, you could see a return of £25,000 to £40,000 for a typical domestic system. With Electricity prices increasing, installing a Solar PV system make more financial sense than ever before.
How quickly will a solar PV system pay back the cost of installation?
We estimate that an average system takes roughly seven to twelve years to pay for itself, after which it will make money for its owner for the remainder of its life. In simple terms, if you were to spend £10,000 on a system today, you would receive roughly 9% of your investment back per annum. Please feel free to speak to us to find out the likely financial benefits of a system tailored for your property.
How much will I save?
Savings depend on how much you pay for electricity at the moment and how much electricity prices increase in the future. The Feed in Tariff works by paying you for electricity that you generate regardless of whether you use it yourself or not. As a second benefit, the more electricity you use that has been generated by your system the higher the savings off your existing electricity bills.
What is the cost of a solar PV system?
Most homeowners install a system of between 2-4kWp. The cost of installation will vary according to how easy or difficult it is to access the roof and the technology or product you choose. Typically, the installation will cost between £3,000 to 5,000 per kWp.
Do I need planning permission?
Solar roof systems fall under permitted development rights so you do not need planning permission, although if you live in an area of 'outstanding natural beauty' or in a listed building you should contact your local council or speak to us to find out the likely implications. At Homeco Energy, if needed, we manage the entire planning process from start to finish and liaise with the local planning officers in order to make your installation as straight forward and simple as possible.
What is a kilowatt peak (kWp)?
Kilowatt peak refers to the value of power generated by a solar tile or panel system under full solar radiation (under set Standard Test Conditions). Solar radiation of 1,000 watts per square meter is used to define standard conditions. In the UK, one kilowatt peak of solar will generate roughly 850 kilowatt hours (kwh) per year.
How does a solar electric system work?
Solar panels generate electricity using the energy from the sun. The panels produce energy from daylight, not direct sunlight, so they still produce energy on cloudy or overcast days. An inverter converts the electricity from direct to alternating current, for use in the home. The electrical energy produced is either used directly in the home, or when the system is producing more power than is needed it is exported to the grid. At night, power is imported from the grid in the normal way. For more information please go to the Solar Electric PV page.
What happens if there is a power cut?
Solar electric systems for homes are entirely grid connected. If there is a power cut your system is automatically switched off. This is a safety measure designed to stop electricity leaking on to the national grid and to protect people who may be working to restore the power supply.
Is the energy produced affected if the panels get dirty?
Usually any dust or dirt washes off the panels when it rains, if the panels are installed on a roof of at least 15 degrees. In extreme cases dust may cause a power reduction of about 10%.
What is the feed-in tariff and how does it work?
It's a financial incentive backed by the Government and paid by your energy company to generate your own clean electricity. An average three-bedroom home will earn around £900 a year by generating its own solar electricity - and that's on top of the likely reduction of £140 from the household electricity bill.
You can earn a fixed income for every kilowatt hour of electricity you generate and use in your property. And you can also earn an additional fixed income for every kilowatt hour of electricity you generate and sell back to the grid.
The income is guaranteed for 25 years (for solar PV systems) and index-linked. When you need to use electricity at night (when it is dark you won't be able to generate enough electricity from solar technology), you can still buy your electricity from your utility company.
If you want to make the most of solar technology - and to save even more on your electricity bills - try to become as energy efficient as you can; for example, run electrical appliances like your washing machine and dishwasher during the day.
If you invest in solar energy now, you will be guaranteeing that income for the next 25 years. Ofgem administer the feed-in tariff scheme and energy suppliers will be responsible for payments to their customers. For more information about the Feed in Tariff scheme, please visit the Feed in Tariff page.