How do solar panels work?

Photovoltaic cells are made from layers of semi-conducting material, usually silicon. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric field across the layers. The stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced. Groups of cells are mounted together in panels or modules that can either be mounted on your roof or on the ground.

What are thermal collectors?

Thermal collectors convert solar heat into hot water and can be used as pre-heat for heating systems. Thermal collectors reliably meet summer hot water requirements, and help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. They are eligible for the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive.

What are the benefits of solar energy?

As well as being a clean, renewable energy source, electricity generated from solar power may allow you to be paid for the electricity you generate via the government’s Feed-in Tariffs, and if you generate surplus electricity, you can sell this back to the grid.

Solar energy technologies are also eligible for subsidised installation under the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, subject to certain criteria being met.

How do I know if solar energy is right for my business?

Route’s energy advisors will arrange a desktop feasibility study which starts with an examination of your existing energy bills. This analysis enables an energy profile to be developed, which includes information on heat loss, annual heat load and replacement fuel costs using solar energy.

Once the energy profile has been created, a full site survey takes place to determine the heat load and loss and to investigate the current heating infrastructure.

From this, you will receive a full report and quotation including financial projections, fuel cost savings and any subsidies that are available, so that you can make an informed decision on whether solar energy is right for your business.

The feasibility and survey work is completed at no cost to you and comes with no obligation or commitment to continue with the installation.

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