choosing sustainable
solar photovoltaic

solar generation works by converting energy from the sun into power in the form of electricity.

As the UK’s most popular type of sustainable energy, solar power is the choice of thousands of leading businesses.

In the face of ongoing uncertainty, solar presents an opportunity to take control by generating your own green energy.

save money on your energy bills

Utilising solar for self generation allows you to not only save money from day one, but to mitigate the risks associated with price volatility. Solar PV provided by us will always come with a minimum efficiency guarantee, allowing you to accurately calculate your savings.

taking back energy control

Becoming energy self-sufficient, means taking your supply into your own hands and away from the grid. The more self-sufficient you can become via your solar installation, the more control you have over your expenditure.

protecting your business

With a solar PV installation, you are protecting your business against future legislation and making steps on a decarbonisation journey. You’re also making a clear statement as a forward thinking and responsible business.

utilising an infinite energy resource

As long as the sun is shining, we can harness solar power. With mass adoption underway, it is already cheaper to generate electricity through solar generation than purchasing conventional electricity from the grid.

reliable & low maintenance

With commercial solar panels now having an expected minimum warranty of 25 years and requiring minimal maintenance beyond ensuring they are kept clean. They provide an easy and reliable source of generation.

reducing your carbon footprint

The carbon footprint of solar panels is constantly decreasing, whilst efficiency is increasing. This means by adopting solar PV you’re taking proactive steps towards a sustainable future and projecting a powerful statement about your commitments to a renewable future.
understanding
solar photovoltaic

understanding commercial solar photovoltaic systems

steps on your journey to net zero carbon operation

capturing sunlight

capturing sunlight

Sunlight falls onto Solar Photovoltaic panels during daylight hours. The solar panels convert this energy into Direct Current (DC) electricity which is then passed to an inverter.

converting
the energy

converting the energy

Once the energy hits the inverter, the energy is converted from DC electricity to Alternating Current (AC) electricity. This AC electricity is a powerful solar generated alternative to your grid supply.

traditional
grid supply

traditional grid supply

Any power not offset by solar is traditionally supplied by the grid. This will be consumed in its entirety by your day-to-day operation.

monitoring
the output

monitoring the output

Energy from your solar inverter is then transferred to a meter where your system production is measured. This is then subtracted from your overall requirement and is prioritised over incoming grid supply.

distributing the power

distributing power

Your energy is then distributed into your organisation to offset or replace your grid supplied electricity.

exporting excess back
to the grid

exporting excess back to the grid

Any un-used AC power generated is sent back to the grid and used by utility companies as sustainable green energy. This will usually occurs when your organisation is generating power that outweighs your requirement, specifically in summer months.
solar photovoltaic
installations

completed solar installations

solar photovoltaic systems how it works and common questions…

solar generation works by converting energy from the sun into power in the form of electricity

Solar panels are usually made from silicon installed in a metal panel frame with a glass casing. When photons, or particles of light, hit the thin layer of silicon on the top of a solar panel, they knock electrons off the silicon atoms.

This photovoltaic charge creates an electric current (specifically, direct current or DC), which is captured by the wiring in solar panels. This DC electricity is then converted to alternating current (AC) by an inverter. AC is the type of electrical current used when you plug appliances into normal wall sockets.

Yes, solar power is a renewable and infinite energy source – as long as the sun continues to shine, energy will be possible to generate.

Another key positive for solar power is that, unlike the burning of fossil fuels, the conversion of sunlight into power creates no harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

The carbon footprint of solar panels is already quite small, as they last for over 25 years with no loss in efficiency. Not to mention that the materials used in the panels are increasingly recycled, so the carbon footprint will only continue to shrink.

Yes, despite the removal of Government Feed-in Tariff, installs have been forecast to continue at the current rate and even increase going forward due to falling costs and increased awareness of the environmental and long-term economic benefits sought from installing solar panels.

The key factors in a building’s suitability are the roof’s fabric, structure, pitch and orientation. These each have an impact on the installation cost as well as the efficiency of the array.

We initially undertake a simple desktop evaluation to analyse suitability. This is followed by a thorough, on-site feasibility and structural survey by one of our engineers. We will also contact the local grid operator (DNO) on your behalf to ensure that any energy you don’t use can be exported to the grid.

We often have customers ask whether there is a new breakthrough on the horizon that they should hold-out for. In reality, we have found that breakthroughs in the lab rarely translate to practical solutions for people’s homes or businesses.

Improvements will only enter the marketplace once widespread adoption is obtained. To give you peace of mind, we only source tried and tested, ‘tier one’ products from the world’s leading manufacturers and will use the most up to date kit available at the point of installation.

We will always notify you if there are any changes to the products listed in your design specification.

Yes, it can. The UK may not seem the best country for generating energy from the sun, but solar power only requires some level of daylight in order to harness the sun’s energy. That said, the rate at which solar panels generate electricity does vary depending on the amount of direct sunlight and the quality, size, number and location of panels in use.

Yes, in almost all cases installing solar panels will not affect your business operating as normal. However for obvious reason we advise that schools, academies and other educational institutes install their solar PV system outside of term times if possible.

We always conduct a detailed analysis of your electricity consumption and will match the system size as closely as possible to your usage profile, to ensure you get the maximum benefit.

The higher the percentage of solar generation that you consume directly, the better return you will see on your investment. And by using solar electricity for your business, you can fix the price of a large part of your energy usage for 25 years, providing price security and increasing profit margins.

You can install most commercial solar PV systems of 1 MWp or below under permitted development rights – without having to make a planning application. Where applicable we will design your system to ensure it meets the criteria laid out under the Town and Country Planning regulations.

Yes, of course, our team of experts can analyse your requirement, plan a suitable solution and propose a fully funded system installation based on a Power Purchase Agreement. Installations via our Power Purchase Agreements usually save businesses around 30% on their current energy costs.

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