Even though we have had a huge shift towards renewable energy, there are still a lot of people under the illusion that solar panels are not worth it in Ireland. Lets bust some common misconceptions below.
If there is rarely any sun in Ireland, how can solar panels work?
This is a common misconception about Solar PV panels – many people think that you need direct sunlight to produce energy and as we all know, sun is extremely rare in Ireland.
The truth is that the term solar panels is used so widely within the renewable energy industry; it is easy to get confused with all the the different types and their functions.
Solar PV (photovoltaic) produces its energy from the photons and radiation levels in the sun not the direct sun rays. What this means is, it will produce energy on overcast and even rainy days.
Before you say it, yes; you will obviously produce more energy in the summer months than the winter months, but this is due to longer daylight hours and higher radiation levels not because there is no sun.
Think about it the sun is out 365 days of the year because, if it wasn’t, we would be in complete darkness everyday. So, even on those dull and drizzly days when all you want to do is curl in a ball and watch Netflix for the day. You can rest easy because your solar panels will continue to produce energy while you binge your favourite shows on the energy that you have produced for free.
So, what will you save with your new solar panels?
On average people see up to 50% savings on their electricity bill. The SEAI are also currently offering a grant up to €2400 for solar panel installs.
Installing solar panels on your roof doesn’t mean that you’re going to be off the grid completely. Most solar systems can’t consistently generate enough electricity to be a home’s only power source, which is why the vast majority of solar homeowners maintain a connection with their utility company.
Plus solar panels only produce energy in daylight hours so you wouldn’t be producing anything on winter evenings or at night – if you were to increase your output from the solar panels to say 95% – it is not advisable because firstly there would be a larger capital spend with longer payback period and a lot of the energy that you are producing would just go back to the grid unused. Yes there is a new microgen scheme on the horizon, however with the rate per unit we are expecting and the possibility of capping the export payment, the payback on the system would be much lower than if you were using the energy that you are producing.
You can increase the efficiency of your solar panels by being smart about how you use your electricity throughout the day – i.e. stagger high consumption household items like dishwashers, washing machines and showers.
As the Leader for Solar Panels in Ireland, NRG Panel can help discuss all of your needs whilst you are comfortable in knowing we are the best in the industry.
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