NWP are MCS, NICEIC, Bench Mark accredited & Renewable energy consumer code approved. All of our installations are installed by our fully qualified electricians. We do not subcontract any of our solar panel installation work so are therefore fully responsible for ensuring a quality installation from design stage through to commissioning. NWP are proud of our excellent reputation for customer service, helping our customers with installations of 1.38Kwp to 40Kwp delivering on time to meet project deadlines.
We have built up a network of contacts over the years and always ensure we are at the leading edge of the fast-changing renewable market sector with our products and services. We are strong believers in working with tried and tested brand names such as LG, Sharp, Canadian Solar & Theia inverters and all of our products are MCS approved to guarantee acceptance onto the government feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme.
As the industry we are operating in is so dynamic, we are constantly changing and updating our product range to meet our customer demands, so please contact us if there is a solar solution you are trying to find.
How does solar PV work?
Solar panels are fitted to the roof or ground mounted and connected to an inverter. The DC power produced from the suns energy is then converted into mains power 240 volts AC for use within the building. All the electricity is then metered to enable calculation of how much energy has been produced, this will then be used to calculate your feed-in tariff payments each quarter, for a period of 20 years. The energy produced is always used first to satisfy your own energy demands. Any additional energy generated is then sent back to the grid creating a payment via an export tariff. The inverter will also calculate how much Carbon Dioxide savings you have made which helps to reduce the carbon emissions released into the atmosphere and reduce the impact of our ever growing need for electricity to our planet.
The most basic requirement for producing your own electricity using solar panels is a south facing area in which to install the panels. While this is normally the roof of your building, it doesn’t necessarily need to be. Nor does it need to be exactly south facing – anything within 45 degree either side will be OK or if you have a flat roof area this can also be utilised via installation of A frames. The panels can then be set to the most advantageous angle. The main requirement is that the panels receive plenty of sunlight most of the day and is not shaded by overhanging tress or buildings.
Due to the angle of the sun changing during the day, solar panels are most efficient if they are inclined at an angle of roughly 30 degrees to the horizontal, rather than facing straight upwards in the midday sun. Fortunately, this is the angle of most roofs in the UK. There are millions of buildings in the UK that are suitable for photovoltaic solar panels, if you are interested in installing solar panels NWP Electrical & Mechanical Services will be happy to carry out a survey of your property.
The benefits of PV Solar
There is no doubting the fact that Solar generated power offers substantial financial benefits but your investment goes a lot further than that. Yes it will pay for itself, yes it will offer added value to your building and make the property more desirable should you decide to sell and yes it will provide clean energy saving benefits long after your 25 year Feed-in Tariff expires. Currently, you get a better rate of return by investing your savings into a PV system rather than putting it in a bank or even an ISA.
But the benefits of solar energy extend far beyond the fiscal advantages. Solar helps benefit both you and the world environmentally and socially. Solar PV systems can reduce or even completely remove the need to purchase electricity from your energy provider. Not only does this help to reduce our reliance on pollutant fossil fuels it is a big step towards reducing your carbon footprint and aiding the fight against climate change.
What are Feed-in Tariffs?
Feed-in Tariffs (also known as FITs) are the electricity part of what some people call clean energy cashback, a scheme that pays people for creating their own “green electricity”.
The Feed-in Tariffs are based on the electricity generated by a renewable energy system which is used in the property. There is also an additional bonus for any energy produced which is exported to the electricity grid. This means you get paid more for the energy you don’t use than for that which you do which encourages energy efficiency. At times when you are producing less electricity than you are using, the shortfall will be imported from the grid and you will pay your electricity company for this in the usual way.