Edinburgh and Renewable Energy
Edinburgh is not popularly known for its sunny weather, but solar panels work efficiently in Scotland. Contrary to common misconception, solar panels do not need direct sunlight to work, but rather just daylight. That means that solar panels can work even with grey skies in Edinburgh.
You should, however, be aware of other factors that determine the overall performance of the solar system. These include; size of the solar system, quality installation, type of solar panels, among others. Most homes install 4kW solar systems or 5kW solar systems.
Edinburgh, the capital and second largest city in Scotland, represents the seventh most populous city in the United Kingdom. It is also the biggest financial centre in the UK after London, making Edinburgh also important in matters of renewable energy projects. Scotland aims to generate 50% of the overall energy consumption from renewable energy sources by 2030, and aims to decarbonise all the energy systems in Scotland by 2050.
A solar installation is a long term decision that involves financial investments. It is therefore recommended that you consult professional solar installers before making the investment decision.
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How Much Do Solar Panels Cost in Edinburgh?
To determine how much solar panels cost, you need to know your average energy consumption, how many solar panels you need, the type of solar panels, your roof size, and the choice of installers. You may, for example, realise that you do not have enough roof space to install all required solar panels.
The cost of installing solar panels will also vary depending on other factors, like the conditions of your roof, the need for scaffolding, or the type of mounting necessary to fit the panels. It might not be possible to give an exact number if not all of these factors are considered.
However, just to have a broad idea, the average cost of 4kW solar systems or 5kW solar systems is £5,000 and £6,000 - £7,000 respectively. It is also possible to use solar energy to power only a certain percentage of your energy consumption.
It is advisable to consult professional solar installers for an actual cost estimate.
Factors Affecting Solar Panel Costs
- Average energy consumption
- How many solar panels you need
- Type of solar panels
- Roof size
- Choice of installer
Are There Grants For Solar Energy in Edinburgh?
In line with the Scottish government's target for renewable energy production, there are solar panel grants that aim to spread renewable energy technologies to a wider public, including not only businesses but also local communities. This means that installations of solar panels in Scotland are likely to increase.
Nonetheless, the very popular Feed-in Tariff (FiT) has been retired by the government, and as such, only those who have been accepted before March 2019 will continue to receive the benefits for up to 20 years. The Feed-in Tariff used to enable new solar panel installers to get a fixed rate payment on the unused amount of generated energy fed into the national grid.
FiT was effectively replaced by Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) as of January 2020. SEG is a type of solar panel grant that enables you to receive payments for surplus energy exported back to the grid. Unlike the FiT, the payment will be made by licensed electricity suppliers who are required by the government to offer a tariff and make payment energy generators. It is therefore important that you choose a licensed supplier.
How Can I Find a Solar Supplier in Edinburgh?
Finding the right solar supplier can consume a lot of time. Moreover, since the required investment is quite significant, you want to make a good purchase which will make you happy during the entire lifespan of the solar system.
Therefore, you should compare different suppliers and their respective options and make sure that you pick a reliable and certified supplier.
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