Solar panel electricity systems, also known as solar photovoltaics (PV), capture the sun's energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don't need direct sunlight to work - they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting.
An array of solar panels can be installed directly onto your roof and then connected to your existing power supply. The electricity generated can then be fed directly into the power supply that is feeding your property.
There are no moving parts, produce no emissions and are easily connected together to form a PV array. You can directly use this energy you have generated to reduce your electricity bill. When you generate electricity that is not being used by your property this can be sold back to your energy supplier which in turn will assist in paying back for your investment.
For most homeowners the addition of solar PV panels fall within permitted development rights and may not require planning permission. If your property is in a conservation area, area of outstanding beauty or a listed building you may need to apply for planning permission. Checking with your local Council will assist with this process.