Installing Solar Panel

Solar Panels

Solar panels have become increasingly popular among people looking to reduce their ‘carbon footprint’ by using a renewable source of electricity. The electricity produced by home-installed solar panels can be used to power any of the day-to-day appliances that you currently in use within your home. 

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Is solar 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!

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