Over the last few years, the idea of ‘going green’ has gathered far more mainstream appeal than it enjoyed a decade or so ago. Not only does the UK government have a solid commitment to cutting greenhouse gas emissions nationwide, but the growing popularity of technologies like solar panels has prompted significant investment in their development, making them more efficient and less expensive.
Even so, solar panels remain a polarising issue. Some people think they look garish, or complain about the dangerous chemicals used to manufacture them. Others see solar panels as a source of clean energy and believe that the positives far outweigh the negatives.
The truth is that while there are a huge number of benefits to solar energy, there are a few well-known sticking points that leave many unconvinced. At the same time, quite a few of the common negative preconceptions about solar panels can either be disproven or have simply become outdated. So much investment has gone into making solar panels more efficient over the last few years that they can even be installed as part of household windows!
Whether or not solar panels will suit a specific property depend on a few different factors, such as the amount of available space, how much power the property requires on a regular basis and whether the building gets adequate sunlight. You will also find that a property with a low EPC rating will just as easily waste solar energy as it does grid power, making additions like loft insulation or double glazing a far more sensible (and economic) option.
If you are curious about your own home, it will be best to book a site visit with a specialist local electrician. They should be able to assess whether solar panel installation will suit your needs, or if your money would be better spent elsewhere.
With that in mind, just what are the main advantages and disadvantages of solar panels?