Monday, 31 October 2011

Taking the plunge

After much research and calculation we finally decided to take the plunge and invest in a solar PV system for our house. With very low interest available on savings and ever rising fuel bills it seemed like the perfect opportunity to invest in something that would both generate income and reduce our electricity bills at the same time. 

Having made the decision to invest in solar power we next had the daunting task of deciding who to get to install the system, what size of system to install and which type of panels to select. This was much more complicated than we had imagined as there are so many companies installing solar PV systems and so many options to consider. We decided to spend some time doing research on how the systems worked and who might be reliable suppliers to get a quote from. I would recommend anyone considering installing a system to do similar research before taking the plunge, there are lots of useful resources on the Internet to help you make an informed decision. Take a look at my links section for some of the best sites that I found.

From my own research I found it very difficult to find real figures for how much electricity a system might produce in practice. All installers will supply predicted figures for the amount of electricity that might be generated but there is no way of finding out how realistic these figures are. It would be great to have a network of sites around the country reporting on how their systems were performing so you could see what someone local to you was achieving. As a result I decided to post details of how our system was performing to help others who are considering having a system installed.

I will post details about our system and regular updates about how well it performing soon.

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