How does Solar work

How does solar work is a very common question.

The answer isn’t as complex as you may think. An array or set of panels are installed on the roof of your property, the number of which determined by the size of the roof, household energy requirements and your budget. Depending on the dimensions and shape of the roof, the panels may be installed in a portrait or a landscape layout but other design formations can be accommodated to suit the needs of the property.

Using stainless steel roof anchors the system is firmly attached to the roof rafters without affecting the integrity of the roof.

How does solar work?

Roof Aspect

An efficient Solar PV system is typically installed on a roof that has a southern facing aspect in order to expose the panels to maximum amounts of direct daylight in order to capture the maximum solar irradiance. Our assessors will factor into the design the impact that shadowing or shading aspects will have on the performance of the system for you.


Once installed, light triggers the solar panels to produce energy. The panels are connected to an inverter (a box that is usually located in the loft-space) where the energy generated from the panels is converted into a current that can be safely used in the home. A number of isolation switches are also installed to ensure the system is safe.

The inverter is then connected to a solar meter (usually fitted next to the fuse box) that allows you to monitor the energy you are generating in kWh. Finally the system is connected through your fuse box and into the mains electrical system for use within your home, with any surplus energy produced automatically exported back to the national grid generating a further income source for you.

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Solar Panels can be pretty

The advances in technologies allow us to offer a range of options for customers investing in Solar, from panels to tiles that can compliment your property design and aesthetics.

Solar PV is triggered by daylight rather than heat and will still generate free electricity even in cloudy weather.

Panels work in either landscape or portrait design, unobstructed by shading in a South facing direction for maximum irradiation, however other orientations such as South East or South West will also work well.

Even where roof space is limited or light restricted, it is still possible to use wall or ground mounted systems incorporating the garden, porch, patio decking or garage and obtain efficient results and savings.

The system that is best for you will be determined by your available light, panel choice, budget and household energy requirements.

Our specialist assessors will reflect on every element within the design process and factor in the effect of any shadows cast by tall trees and neighbouring buildings, to ensure that the system we recommend awards you maximum solar gain.

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