Solar Panels (PV)
Save money on your electricity bills
Generate your own clean, green energy
Improve the saleability of your home
With electricity prices rising, it makes sense to harness the free energy resource of the sun!
A solar photovoltaic (solar PV) system is the perfect way to generate electricity for your home - sustainably, and for free.
Solar PV works on light, not heat – so even on a cool day, your system will still be generating electricity.
And the good news is that Devon and Cornwall are particularly good places for a solar PV installation, because of the amount of daylight our area receives.
Why should you choose Cooks for Solar PV?
We’ve been installing solar PV systems for many years, and have dozens of happy customers throughout Devon.
As MSC-accredited installers, you can be assured of the quality of our service, and that your installation will meet the government’s requirements to qualify for the feed-in tariff.
We've installed domestic solar PV systems of all sizes, even in challenging situations! And with our expert electrical knowledge you can rest assured you're in very safe hands.
As experienced solar panel installers we will:
- Visit your home and conduct a thorough survey
- Give you expert advice on the suitability of solar panels for your home
- Present a range of options, so you can choose your preference
- Install your solar PV system using our own employed team of installers – not sub-contractors
- Guide you through all the paperwork to ensure your installation is registered to receive the feed-in tariff
- Ensure you are completely happy at every stage!
Call us today – our team will be happy to tell you more!
Here are some questions we’re often asked about solar PV installations. Get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to answer any other questions you have!
How does solar PV work?
Solar panels are usually fixed to the roof of your home, in the best place to catch the most light. The light from the sun causes tiny particles in the panels to move, which generates an electrical current. This is converted into usable AC current to power your home.
How much money could I save?
That depends on how much electricity you generate and how much you use. But you’re likely to see an annual tax free return of 6-10% for a 20 year period, and a break even time of less than ten years. We can advise you further; and The Energy Saving Trust also has some useful information and calculators on their website.
Will I have to change my lifestyle?
Not necessarily. But because electricity is generated during daylight hours, it makes sense to run your domestic appliances during the daytime if you can. Even if you can’t, you’ll still see savings when you take everything into account.
What is the ‘feed-in tariff’?
This is a government payment scheme to encourage people to generate their own energy. You get paid for each unit of electricity you generate – even if you use it yourself! Once your installation is registered, you will continue to receive a feed-in tariff for 20 years: the rate is guaranteed and index-linked. (There's more information on The Energy Saving Trust website, and a link to the Ofgem site which gives the current rates.)
Will it affect my property if I want to sell?
A survey carried out by The Energy Saving Trust in 2009 found that 35% of people said they would pay more for a home that generates electricity from renewable sources, which is great to know if you want to sell your home in future.
Can I store the electricity I generate?
At the moment any excess electricity you generate will be fed into the National Grid, rather than being stored. But the good thing is you get paid an ‘Export Tariff’ for each unit you sell.
Will I still get an electricity bill?
Yes, because you’ll still be drawing electricity from the National Grid at times (when your panels aren’t generating). But your bill will be greatly reduced.