Solar panels or photovoltaic modules as they are often referred to are devices that are constructed with the principle of the photovoltaic effect at the heart of their design. The photovoltaic effect is displayed by semiconductors such as crystalline silicon and cadmium telluride and involves the absorption of photons from sunlight. The absorbed photons cause the reaction of electrons being emitted by the semiconductors with a DC voltage flow. Photovoltaic energy has been heralded by the UK government and environmental activists alike as one of the cleanest alternatives to the burning of dirty and unsustainable fossil fuels. Photovoltaic modules are available in several types of configuration including 1.2KW, 2.8KW and 4KW solar panels.
Solar energy is a well researched and used renewable energy source capable of powering homes, businesses and large commercial applications. Solar panels of all sizes and specifications are available to supply the necessary energy for a variety of uses. The Department of Energy and Climate Change has introduced a Feed in Tariff for renewable energy designed to attract more consumers to renewable energy by paying them to produce it. The Feed in Tariff will include up to 4KW solar panels into the scheme to receive cash payments for every kilowatt of energy produced.
4KW Solar Panels
4KW solar panels in kit form are easily available from most reputable energy suppliers from as little as £10,000 for a complete system and from £14,000 installed. Once installed 4KW solar panels are virtually maintenance free with only the need for regular inspections to make sure that no damage has occurred due to vandalism and to gently wipe clean their surface. Most 4KW solar panels are covered by at least a twenty year performance warranty and many last as long as 40 years if they are not subject to clumsy treatment.
The Microgeneration Certification Scheme was formed to create and maintain regulations and working practices with regards to the renewable technology market. It is used by the UK government to approve solar panels and solar panel installers for the purposes of inclusion into the Feed in Tariff for renewable energy. Only energy companies that have been accredited by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme will be able to supply 4KW solar panel systems eligible to be included in the Feed in Tariff. Those consumers considering on reaping the financial benefits of the solar Feed in Tariff should make sure to only use MCS accredited energy suppliers.