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A Solar Power Solution That Works Anywhere

Most people will have heard about solar power, and many will be aware that the UK government has approved what is known as the feed-in tariff - a system that enables homes or business to sell any surplus electricity they generate to the National Grid. The feed-in tariff opens up an unprecedented opportunity for homes and businesses to cut their electricity bills and carbon emissions, and potentially profit from their own small-scale power generation.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are the most popular choice for these small power generation schemes. They convert sunlight directly into electrical energy that can be used directly to power the appliances in a home. Installing a PV system is relatively simple, the solar panels are unobtrusive, and they require very little maintenance.

When light hits the layers of semi-conducting material in the PV cells that make up the panels, an electrical field is created. The more sunshine there is, the stronger the electrical field and hence more production of power. That does not mean, however, that PV systems will only work effectively in very hot and sunny climates. They work using light, not heat, so will generate electricity even on cold days, and the UK has more than enough sunlight to power an efficient PV system.

TDFM Solar, one of the leading providers of solar panels to homes and businesses in Yorkshire, proves the point. It supplies solar photovoltaic systems to many customers in the north of England who can expect to generate long-term income even though they do not live in the sunniest part of the UK.

A well-situated 2KW solar PV system can pay for itself within ten years, and could generate as much as £15,000 of additional income over the next 25 years. During that time, those systems will also generate savings on electricity bills and reduce the carbon emissions that a home or business generates.

Once the system is in place, long-term running costs should be minimal. PV panels have no moving parts and they are sufficiently robust that they do not degrade over time. So, once they are installed they should last long enough to provide a handsome return over many years. Of course, if a homeowner does not want to sell excess energy back to the National Grid, there is always the option of storing that power in a battery for later use in the home.

If solar panels have proven to be a viable option in Yorkshire, then there is a strong argument for their potential benefit anywhere in the UK. It is widely known that the UK climate is the butt of jokes around the world because it is always supposed to be raining here, but in fact any part of the UK is able to harness solar power effectively with the right kind of PV system.

Now that investment in solar PV panels has the backing of the government and the financial incentives are in place, there is a chance for most people to invest in the future of the environment, cut their energy costs and possibly make a profit. Solar PV investment has become a win/win game.

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