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Quality solar PV panel installations in Anglesey, Bangor and Gwynedd

If you despair every time an electricity bill drops onto your welcome mat then PV solar panels might just put a smile back on your face. With energy bills rising, why not choose solar PV for a 'Feed in Tariff' which is TAX-free and rises with inflation. Contact Gareth Griffiths Solar & Electrical for the current feed-in tariff rate or a free quotation.
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Use solar technology to generate electricity today

'PV' solar panels are photovoltaic panels, which allow you to effectively generate free electricity and put an end to sky high bills. 

By harnessing the sun's free energy to create electricity, you also lessen the environmental strain on fossil fuels. 75% of the world's electricity is currently generated via the use of fossil fuels like coal and oil, which will at some stage run out. Of course, these sources of energy also release carbon emissions that are harmful to the earth's atmosphere - but solar power does not. 

That's why governments around the world are promoting the use of PV solar panels; and the UK government is no exception. They have introduced a 'Feed in Tariff', which effectively pays homeowners for the electricity they generate via PV panels.
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How do these panels work?

Photovoltaic solar panels are a somewhat more complex construction than solar thermal collectors used for solar heating. 

Made from thinly-cut cells of silicon crystal, PV solar panels have positive and negative layers. That means one side of each cell has an abundance of electrons, while the other has a shortage of them. 

This imbalance creates an electrical field in the cell, allowing the passing of electrons from the negative to the positive layer.

The sun's energy, which travels in photons, provides the catalyst for this movement. Absorbed by the PV solar panel, it passes its energy to atoms within the cell and kick starts the electron transfer.

In short, it is this movement of electrons which generates electricity for your home.
The most efficient (and most expensive) PV solar panels are cut from a single silicon crystal, while the more common polycrystalline PV panels are constructed from a number of crystals.

The latest type of PV solar panel is the 'amorphous' panel, cut so thin as to retain flexibility for easier setting. Currently, the efficiency of solar panels averages around 20% - but this is markedly higher than at the turn of the century, so it can be expected to increase again as technology improves.
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Benefits of solar PV panels

In creating electricity for free, you'll save significantly on your electricity bills. What's more, the Government's Feed in Tariffs will see you paid for the electricity you generate.

In fact, you can be paid TWICE for the electricity your solar PV panels create. That's because suppliers are obliged not only to pay a generation tariff, but also an export tariff, a fee for the electricity you generate but don’t use in your home.

Eligible systems

To claim the tariff, your system needs to meet a few simple criteria:
  • Your installer must be accredited with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).
  • Your panels must also be PACS approved, and must be new— second-hand or reconditioned equipment isn't eligible.
  • Your system size must be less than 4kVVp to qualify for the highest tariff rate. Most domestic systems are well within this limit
  • Your energy supplier must offer FIT payments. The big six suppliers — British Gas, EDF, E.ON, Npower, ScottishPower or Scottish & Southern Energy — are legally obliged to make payments, and many (though not all) smaller suppliers have opted in to the scheme.
  • Since 1 April 2012, homes must also meet minimum energy efficiency standards to claim the full tariff. This is explained in more detail below. 

Energy performance certificates

  • From 1 April 2012, only homes that have an energy performance certificate (EP) at grade D or above will receive the full feed-in tariff. 
  • EPCs give homeowners a snapshot of how energy efficient their home is. It shows how your home ranks on a chart of seven coloured bands, ranging from A in dark green - the most efficient,  to G in red- the worst.
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Registering for FITs

Registering for payments is simple. First, we will add you to the central MCS database, and then send you a certificate confirming your system complies with MCS standards. 

Next, you  will need to tell your electricity supplier you would like to register for the FIT and send them a completed application form along with your MCS certificate and the energy performance certificate. Don't worry; we will help with all the paperwork.

Your electricity supplier will check your installation against the MCS database, confirm that the system is eligible and add you to the Ofgem Central FIT Register. They will also let you know when they need you to give meter readings, and tell you when to expect payment.
"It is my experience that Gareth provides a friendly, reliable and professional service. Gareth installed our domestic Solar PV system and fixed an electrical problem with our heating system. He also installed a controller system which diverts any energy produced by the solar panels which is surplus to our requirements to our hot water cylinder immersion heater. All the work Gareth has done for us has been of a high quality. I would have no hesitation in recommending him.”
- John Griffith BSc MSc C.Eng MIET
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Call Gareth Griffiths Solar & Electrical in Bangor now on 07786 442 028 for solar PV panel installations. 

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