Solar PV

What are solar panels?

Placed on roofs or on the ground, solar panels capture the sunlight and convert it into electricity.

And you don’t need to live somewhere warm and sunny, because solar needs only light not heat. Even the UK gets 60% of the sunlight (or solar radiation) found at the Equator.

It’s true that the more light the panels receive, the more electricity they can generate. But they still work on cloudy days – just as a solar-powered calculator does.

Their full name is solar photovoltaic panels, or PV. (“Photo” means “light” and “volts” means electricity.) At Broad Oak, we usually just say “solar” for short.

How do solar panels work?

You’ve probably seen solar panels on roofs, or maybe on the ground. The panels are frames made up of solar (PV) cells (these are layers of monocrystalline or polycrystalline silicon – a handy fact for your next quiz show).

The best conditions for solar:

  1. A south-facing roof gets the most sunlight, but east and west are still very efficient.
  2. An angled roof (not flat) that points to the sun.
  3. An unshaded spot so your solar can see the sunabsorb as much daylight as possible throughout the day.


Why should I choose solar?

There are so many reasons.....

Unlimited and reliable
At the moment we rely on fossil fuels, and increasingly on imports. But the sun’s energy is unlimited, so it’s a secure source of power for the future.

When electricity providers hike up their prices, the sun keeps shining for free. Solar Panels produce energy from daylight, so they still work on overcast days. You can generate your own free power, and stop worrying about soaring bills.

Solar is fuss-free, easy to install and very low-maintenance. The power from the panels is warrantied for 25 years and expected to continue generating for many years beyond its guaranteed life. All you need to get started is a building or some land – and it’s quiet, with little visual impact.

Unlike fossil fuels which create harmful air pollution and global warming, electricity created from the sun is clean. So a typical home with solar could save a tonne of carbon dioxide a year, while an acre of solar could save an amazing 10,000 tonnes.

An investment to be proud of
The UK government has committed to generate 15% of the UK’s energy from renewable sources by 2020 – but by 2010, the UK had only reached 3.2% of its target. By choosing solar, you make an investment you can be proud of and show you’re commitment to clean, renewable energy. What’s more, you’ll be supporting British installers and the UK economy in these tough times.

Financial incentives

Of course we’re all concerned when the government makes changes to renewable incentives – but as energy prices rise and solar panel prices fall, solar is still a wise investment. The proof is in the numbers.

For solar on rooftops:

You can make or save money in three ways:

  1. Make an income from the feed-in tariff (see below).
  2. Make money by selling surplus electricity to your energy provider.
  3. Reduce your electricity bills forever!

What’s more, you’ll be independent from rising electricity costs.

You can calculate your possible savings by following the following link:

What’s the feed-in tariff?

It’s a government policy introduced in 2010 to encourage the uptake of renewable energy in the UK. It rewards you for any energy you generate from a solar installation, regardless of whether you use the electricity or not.

The income is guaranteed for 20 years and is index-linked, meaning it will go up each year with inflation. If electricity prices go up more than inflation – which they have for the past decade – your savings would grow even quicker. And unlike many other investments, it’s also tax-free for homeowners.

If you have any enquires or require any additional information please do not hesitate to call our Energy Team on

01782 550371

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