solar power: can you really earn 12pc?
Although there has been a decrease in the amount of electricity generated by taxing all energy bills, the industry claims that returns over 12 PCs are still possible.
But the salesman\'s bold commitment has also led to an increase in complaints from those who are disappointed.
So far, about 450,000 households have installed solar panel power systems called solar photovoltaic (PVs)
It captures the energy of the sun and converts it into electric energy.
Currently, 2,000 systems will be installed every week.
Some people choose solar energy because they believe in supporting renewable energy.
But many people are attracted by the hope of saying goodbye to electricity bills and getting extra income from them.
Labor leader Ed Miliband promised 20-
The monthly utility price freeze with the threat of power outages may prompt more households to access solar brochures.
The solar plan saves fuel.
The impact on the solar panel tariff will be a huge solar panel tariff, \"which may make the EU miss its own renewable energy target \", 18 PCs will be returned immediately-but you may lose a spokesperson for all energy saving trusts (EST)
\"Solar energy can provide insulation for some fluctuations in energy prices, so your bills and supplies are no longer a whim for politicians, energy companies and global markets,\" he said.
EST estimates that this is an independent consulting charity.
Save £ 785 a year in exchange for an average investment of £ 7,000 in panels.
This is more than your electricity bill of £ 479 per year, with an additional 63 computers paid.
The Solar Trade Association has increased its savings by £ 823 per year, mainly because it has a higher estimate of your own usage.
On this basis, STA estimates that a system will give 12. 5pc tax-
Free annual returns over 25 years.
EST does not estimate the return, but does not question STA\'s claim.
But all these savings come at a cost.
In order to get the proceeds, you need to make an initial investment of about £ 7,000, keeping in mind the opportunity cost of investing that cash elsewhere.
It can take ten years to break even, so you have to be confident not to act.
The Bank of Eastern time acknowledged that its data were based on the best assumption, the London postal code.
The calculator on the company\'s website shows that Cornwall has the highest savings, reaching 739 a year.
The figure dropped to 669 in South Warwickshire and 651 in Fort Myers.
Here we answer your questions about the purchase of solar panels.
Why invest in solar panels?
You can benefit from three aspects.
First of all, you have to pay a certain amount for each unit of electricity you generate, called \"feed-
In the \"tariff, whether you use it or not.
Then you can use your generation as much as you can for free.
This is only possible when the sun is full.
Something you can\'t use, you can export back to the grid and you will get export tariffs for that.
The electricity price per unit or kilowatt per hour is over 40 p and you can lock this rate in 25 years.
However, the tariff is based on
It is currently 14 years old.
9 p, fixed for 20 years, although the cost of panel installation has also dropped.
The export tariff is currently 4. 64p.
No matter what the tariff you determine is, it promises to rise every year with inflation.
How much do I have to save?
It depends on how much you produce, the direction your house faces, the spacing of the roof, the system you choose, and whether you are at home during the day.
A smaller, cheaper system may not have a significant impact on your bill.
The power of photovoltaic cells is at a peak of kilowatts (kWp)
The domestic unit should be 16-panel 3. 5-4kWp.
According to EST, it saves an average cost of £ 785 per year, consisting of £ 556 paid through feed
Of the electricity bills you generate, you save £ 143 by using your electricity and £ 87 for equipment exported back to the grid.
The data of the Solar Trade Association is slightly different.
This shows that you can earn an average of 507 from the feed.
In terms of tariffs, 283 pounds were used domestically and 79 pounds were exported.
It also allows maintenance costs of £ 46 per year.
How much is it?
The price of the panel ranges from £ 5,500 to £ 9,000, with an average of £ 7,000, EST said.
The average price of STA is 6,500.
Depending on the generation, you may be in 9-11 years.
After that, you can keep the extra cash you generate.
Where do I start?
A good place is the most time calculator in eastern America. org.
This will help you build the system you may need as well as your generation and savings.
After that, always get a quote from at least three installers who sign up for the microbuild certification program ,(
Micro-production certification. org)
Certain standards are guaranteed.
The Renewable Energy Consumer Code also lists companies that meet their standards and higher practices.
If all three give you the same advice, then you should be confident in moving forward.
But be sure to check the contract carefully.
For example, the warranty period may vary.
Can I save money?
Unfortunately, complaints have sprung up under the Renewable Energy Consumer Code, as homeowners commit to saving, but subsequently fail to do so.
For example, for the largest generation, you need a south-
Toward the roof, there is a perfect 45 degree pitch with no chimneys, protruding trees or shadows of nearby buildings.
A generation from the North
In the face of bad investment, you may never be able to recover your investment.
Mr Ayling said: \"The South direction is the best, but the West or East direction is also OK, although they will reduce the production of about 15 PCs.
The North is the most useless.
\"For those who are at home during the day, the system is the most valuable and can use more of what they produce themselves.
Is summer the key?
The panel does not need enough sunlight, but can penetrate the light of the clouds.
Some families may see a slight unhappiness this year, but for most, it will be destroyed by the poor spring.
Ailin believes that on his own domestic system, this generation may add about 12 PCs a year.
However, John Groves, head of business in Oxfordshire, said: \"While my income in the summer has increased slightly, my spring income is lower than last year.
\"My system is performing fairly steadily year-on-year and has little to do with weather fluctuations.
\"The retired physics teacher installed a more expensive panel in 2010-£ 13,000, but with the highest power generation rate.
What more questions should I consider?
Installation of solar panels in listed buildings or protected areas may not be possible and you should check with local authorities frequently to make sure it does not require planning permission.
You must also check with your mortgage lender and insurance company before purchasing.
Although the lender was initially nervous, most people are now using panel loans.
Although some insurance companies may charge a small amount of extra premiums, insurance companies are also more relaxed.
Think carefully about the system you purchased and the impact that may have on the appearance of the property if you have to sell.
What if something goes wrong?
The Renewable Energy Association has a consumer code and complaint procedures in recc. org. uk.
It also runs insurance business.
The so-called deposit and process warranty insurance plan supports the warranty plan.
For purely technical complaints, there is a separate complaint procedure for the micro-power generation certification program.
Last month, a rogue solar panel salesman was sentenced to nine months in prison for selling solar systems to customers who could never benefit, and each victim earned up to £ 8,000.
Judge Bournemouth Wiggs said in his judgment at the Bournemouth royal court that Freud Lewis, who is fully Solar and advanced solar, is \"a knight outside words \".
A fair trade office report points to various bad practices in the renewable energy industry and claims that some consumers are forced to buy the basis for false information about systems that are worthless to them.
According to the Renewable Energy Consumer Code, complaints surged from 30 three years ago before the emergence of feed
In terms of tariffs, it reached nearly 1,130 in 2012.
Misleading information accounts for nearly one of five.
One of the 10 complaints involved house damage and other installation failures.
Nearly the third complaint was a quarrel about a refund of the deposit, and the customer changed his mind during the cooling --
But they can\'t get their money back.
Paul Barwell, Chief Executive Officer of the Solar Trade Association, said the increase in complaints must be placed in the context of the installation of an explosion.
He said: \"The number of complaints about solar panels has indeed increased, but the installation rate has also increased.
\"More and more people are doing solar power now, so it\'s fair for the industry to accept the same scrutiny as other industries.
\"The question is, has the proportion of complaints increased?
The answer is: minimum.