It’s impossible to turn on the TV or open a newspaper without hearing or reading about climate change and the devastating consequences of human activity on the earth’s natural resources. There is no denying stopping climate change is a huge endeavour and sadly there’s no easy solution, but one thing is for sure: we all need to make significant changes to our lifestyles if we’re to make any impact at all.
Ultimately the goal is to limit the use of fossil fuels such as oil, carbon and natural gas and replace them with renewable and cleaner sources of energy, all while increasing energy efficiency. The good news is this is something we can all do simply by making different choices. For example, driving a more energy-efficient car or switching to an electric vehicle is one of the most effective ways of reducing our individual carbon footprint. Another is replacing our gas central heating systems, or at least limiting our reliance on them, and using renewable energies such as solar or wind instead. According to the Energy Saving Trust, a typical home solar PV system could save around 1.3 to 1.6 tonnes of carbon per year (depending where you are within the UK).
Some critics argue that renewable technology is expensive, but the price of solar panels has dramatically reduced since manufacturing technology has improved and of course sunlight is free so your electricity costs will be cut. In fact, the Government recently confirmed onshore wind and solar will be lowest cost per MWh by 2025. As well as saving money on your electricity bills you could even make money. With any domestic PV system there will be times when the electricity you generate is more than you can use or store, so the surplus will be exported to the grid to be used by somebody else. If you want to be paid for this surplus you need to make sure you’re getting an export payment. Following the end of the Feed-in Tariff scheme to new applicants in March 2019, the government recognised the need to pay small-scale renewable energy generators for the electricity they export to the grid. So, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is introducing the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) which will come into force from 1st January 2020.
Under the scheme, all licensed energy suppliers with 150,000 or more customers must provide at least one Smart Export Guarantee tariff. To be eligible your solar PV system will need to meet certain criteria: installations must be in Great Britain and have a total installed capacity (TIC) of no more than 5MW, or no more than 50kW for Micro-CHP. The technology and installer used must also be certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) or equivalent. If this all sounds a bit complicated, don’t worry as we can help. Sparks Electrical’s sister company Seriously Solar is MCS-accredited and has been installing solar panels in Lincoln and the surrounding areas since 2011. We’ll visit your property and carry out a full site survey and generate an accurate prediction of just how financially better off you could be. We also offer a 25-year performance guarantee on all PV panels, and even our workmanship is guaranteed for two years.
To find out which system would be right for your home or business, please just get in touch. We’re based in Lincoln, but we are happy to provide advice or a free, no-obligation quote wherever you need solar!