There is no doubt that as a renewable energy source, solar power is one of the best. Solar panel systems have become synonymous with the modern home, and their popularity has extended to places such as the United Kingdom, even though the UK isn’t typically known for its ‘sunshine-filled’ days, unlike countries such as Australia. But even in the UK and throughout other areas of Western Europe, solar panel systems have become a great investment for the standard household, and there are various good reasons for this. If you invest in a solar panel installation, you will benefit from lower energy bills plus the chance to earn money through the government’s FiT or Feed-in Tariff programme. But before you jump on the bandwagon, there are some things you should know – and consider – first. Here’s a list of the top considerations you should think about when installing solar panels in your home.

The investment

The investment can be significant. But the good news is that the cost of solar panels is now much cheaper than a few years ago. Today, you can get an excellent solar panel system for less than half the price you would have paid a mere five years ago since there are more competitors in the market and more suppliers vying for customers as well. But even if it is an investment, it’s an investment that is guaranteed to pay off – you will be able to recover your investment in a few years just because you will pay less on your utility bills and earn money through the FiT scheme. To earn money through the scheme, however, make sure your panels and system are installed only by MCS-accredited companies, such as providers of solar in Manchester like Atlantic Renewables. By relying on an accredited installer and provider, your system can become eligible for the scheme.

The supply

While more British homeowners and property owners are investing in solar panel systems, whether for the home or a business, there is still the unpredictable and often fickle UK weather to think about. But although it can be difficult to ascertain how much sunlight we will have on any given day, it’s still not a big problem or issue. Your solar panel system will still produce energy even on cloudier days; the only question is how much it will produce. On cloudy days, your system may produce less, but it is still reliable, and you can still make use of this energy for your home.

The placement

Another consideration when it comes to a solar panel installation in your home is the placement of the system. While the solar panels you install don’t need to be under direct sunlight, the installation should still be done by professionals. Also, it’s best to choose a good location for the solar panels;  roof installation is a standard, as long as tree branches or other buildings don’t cover the roof. The panels also need to be set at a good angle so that they can absorb as much sunlight as possible. If your roof isn’t a good location for your solar panels, you can still choose to have them installed on the ground, as long as they are at an optimum angle as well.

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