How solar PV panels work
The sun is the source of most of our energy. Whether it is the power of the sun trapped for millions of years in oil and coal, hydro powered by the water cycle powered by the sun, or biomass powered directly from the sun and photosynthesis. Only nuclear is different, replicating the sun by creating a nuclear reaction.
The power of the sun falling on a small percentage of the Sahara desert could provide all of the electric power for the whole of Europe. Solar power directly from the sun started small and was of limited use because of its efficiency and cost with early applications being to power things like pocket calculators.
The last few years have seen rapid developments with efficiencies of over 14%. A 1m x 2M panel can generate around 220w about enough for 10 of the new low power lights or one 32" TV.
The Government need to meet carbon targets and ensure energy security for the future. Along with other European countries they have introduced feed in tariffs (FIT) to both encourage and give a reasonable return on investment for people to install systems quickly.
These tariffs will reduce over the next few years but they have guaranteed that any tariffs granted now are guaranteed for the next 25 years and will increase with RPI.
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