Questions Set 1

A solar cell is most commonly a silicon-based semi-conductor junction which when subject to the photons in sunlight the generates movement of electrons which is current. This energy is collected as DC current and converted through an Inverter to AC current suitable for use in your house or fed back to the National Grid.

Under most circumstances, the PV array can be installed under the amendments made in the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO), or the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Domestic Microgeneration) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2009. Permission is not normally required < 50 kWp.

Solar PV systems can produce up to 40 years and they are extremely reliable. PV Modules come with a 25 year warranty and have no moving parts so failures are rare. The inverters for solar PV systems have a 5 year warranty as standard, which can be extended to 10years or more.

PV Solar systems are silent in operation, have no moving parts but require constent remote monitoring and schedule preventive maintenance. Geographical, weather or site specific conditions can cause issues that will result on a power generation reduction. The modules have to be cleaned based on site conditions that can cause performance reduction. A single clean with ionised water and manufacturer approved brushes from authorised cleaners is recommended. However this may vary from site to site.

The new Owner will simply continue to benefit from the panels, a new agreement will NOT have to be signed. The FiTs payments are transferable and add value to your property.

A well maintained system can generate up to 40 years. However over time all systems lose performance and efficiency.

It is taking our teams 2-3 weeks to install a small residential system. It would take us 8-10 weeks to install a 500kW system, depending on weather conditions and site specific limitations. System commissioning depends on the DNO schedule.

You will reduce your carbon footprint and reduce carbon emissions. The government and the utilities pay various incentives to encourage you to become a micro-generator and reduce the consumption of electricity from non-renewable sources.