Combining this with new energy storage tariffs being offered by energy companies, it can also help you reduce your electricity bills throughout the year, lower your household’s carbon footprint and contribute to driving the UK’s clean energy transition.
It’s no secret that households with solar PV panels tend to generate more electricity than they’re able to consume, especially in the sunny summer months of the year. This is where a home battery storage system comes in as a shining star solution. A domestic battery gives you the opportunity to store the electricity generated by your solar panels and use it when the sun’s gone down. Now with our new Solar Storage tariff, you’ll earn solar credits from the excess electricity you give to the grid during summer to help decrease your bills in winter.
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Solar panels and a battery storage system are a powerful combination. They work together to ensure your home is almost always powered by the clean, green electricity you’ve generated at home, whether the sun’s out or not.
A typical home in the UK can use about 30% of the electricity their solar panel system produces. This is partly due to the fact that most of the electricity is produced during the day when a households’ occupants are out at work, and partly because solar panels produce a lot more electricity in summer than they do in winter.
With a battery, your home can consume 50-80% of the electricity your solar panels produce. It will store the electricity you cannot use during the day, and make sure it’s available to you at a later time - in the evening - so you’ll need less energy from the grid and save more money in the long run. Maximising your use of the energy generated from your panels not only makes your household more self-sufficient in terms of your energy supply, it also protects you from energy price increases.
We predominately install Givenergy batteries, a world leading manufacturer of battery storage. They offer a partnership Octopus withEnergy customers with solar panels a complete battery storage solution that helps to reduce their electricity bills.
Givenergy offeres a cutting edge domestic battery storage system. The intelligent Givenergy battery prides itself on safety and reliability - an all-rounder as a battery storage solution for your home. Givenergy uses exclusively lithium iron phosphate batteries – the safest lithium battery technology available today - and each Givenergy battery comes with a full 10-year warranty so you can rest assured that it’ll supply your home with clean energy for many years to come.
A Givenergy battery can be installed almost anywhere in your home - common locations include utility rooms, hallways, cloakrooms, offices, kitchens and garages as you’ll need some space to house the battery unit. The sleek, modern design of the battery - which can range in size from that of an average boiler to the size of a large fridge - makes it a stylish addition to any home. The cost of installation can vary, depending on the battery capacity and complexity of installation, but we are able to provide you with a personalised quote based on your specific home solar PV system and your home energy usage.
Frequently asked Questions
Is it sunny enough to have solar panels in the UK?
Despite the UK’s reputation we actually get more than enough solar energy to make solar panels for your home a good investment, even on cloudy days.
In fact, the UK receives a similar amount of solar energy as some of the warmer European countries, and the same as Germany, one of the world leading generators of solar power.
How much energy can I generate from solar panels?
A 12-panel solar system could generate enough energy in a year to power a Tesla EV for 17,660 miles of emission-free driving or enable an A++ dishwasher to complete 4,465 loads in that time.
Do I need to get planning permission for solar panels?
Adding solar panels to your home is classed as a “Permitted Development” and therefore, standard solar panel installations do not require planning permission.
Planning permission should be obtained if your home is a listed building, world heritage site or the installation does not meet standard guidelines.
Is my roof suitable for solar panels?
Whether your roof faces south, east or west your home is perfect to have solar panels fitted. North facing roofs will not receive as much sunlight and therefore won’t be as efficient.
The pitch of your roof should be between 10o – 60o.
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Choosing the Right Solar Thermal Collector for your property There are two types of thermal collectors used for solar water heating systems. These are: Evacuated Tube Collectors and Flat Plate Collectors Evacuated Tube Collectors combine individual tubes set inside panels, with heat-absorbing antifreeze solution circulating through them. Flat Plate Collectors are most easily described as plates of heat-absorbent material that are mounted in any location that gets a lot of sun. The flat plate collector absorbs the sun’s heat then transfers it to fluid flowing through the system. For extra efficiency, Evacuated Tube Collectors usually have highly reflective, weather-proof CPC (Compound Parabolic Concentrator) reflectors on each tube. The clever design of the reflector means that both direct and diffused sunlight falls onto the absorber. This considerably improves the energy yield markedly. Is Solar Thermal Right for My Home? There are one or two myths concerning solar energy that we often redress at Broad Oak, such as the belief that solar panels and solar thermal systems only work during the summer, yet, this fantastic, free energy is available all year round. The other fallacy is that these systems can work only in when there is bright sunshine and thus solar thermal energy technology is not really unsuited suitable to our climate here in the UK. However, the solar thermal systems that we recommend at Broad Oak are highly-functional in any kind of light conditions (otherwise we would not recommend them). It stands to reason that they will achieve the best results on bright, cloudless and sunny days, but we can assure you that they will also perform almost as well in overcast or diffuse conditions. Every solar thermal system we install uses one of the aforementioned heat collectors mounted on the in a south-facing direction to allow optimal levels of heat-transfer. During the summer months, the technology has the capability to heat the water to boiling point and so temperature-limiting safety features are incorporated to stop this. The system naturally heats to a lesser degree during winter, but the output from solar thermal systems can still be considerable, meaning significant, year-round savings, not just with your summer bills. A good way to look at it is that it takes the same amount of energy to raise water temperature from 1ºC to 2 ºC as from 99 ºC to 100 ºC. 1º is 1º, after all!
-Property Value: A government (and society) approved, energy-saving feature can add value as well as market appeal to your home. -Reduce your Carbon Output: A green, renewable heating system such as solar thermal and can reduce your CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions and is a solid commitment to helping the environment. -Year-round Hot Water: probably need to use solar thermal alongside a conventional boiler or immersion heater during the cooler months, the system works 12 months a year. -Reduce Bills & Future-Proof Your Energy Costs: with this system, you’re so much at the mercy of energy prices. Heat from the sun is free, and after you’ve recouped the installation costs, you’ll benefit from vastly reduced bills. Take control of your energy future! -Reduce Dependence on Fossil Fuels: solar thermal systems can fulfil up to 70% of your home’s hot water requirements over a year. -Invest in Reliable Technology: With warranties covering between 10-25 years, the average lifespan of the low-maintenance solar thermal systems Broad Oak recommends is 25 years. -Cut Your Bills: Sunlight is free, so once you've paid for the initial installation your hot water costs will be significantly reduced thereafter. -Reduce Your Dependence on Fossil Fuels: A solar thermal system can provide up to 70% of a property's domestic hot water requirements throughout a full year, though it's more efficient in the summer months. -Future-Proof Your Energy Costs: Not only will you experience a reduction in your current bills but solar thermal can also minimise the impact of inevitable energy price rises over the coming years. -Improve Your Home: An approved, energy-saving feature can add value and market appeal to your property. -Be Assured of Performance & Reliability: Average system lifespan of over 25 years with minimum maintenance required; warranty between 10-25 years.