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Two-year study highlights benefits of solar panels

Findings from a two-year solar energy project at the University of Sheffield have revealed nearly all of the 2,000 systems in the scheme are performing better than expected.

Researchers running Sheffield Solar Farm say 98 per cent of more than 2,000 systems involved in the scheme are working to their specifications across the UK.

The website created for the project has allowed hundreds of homeowners and commercial organisations across the country to upload their energy generation figures.

This information has provided experts an insight into the performance of the different types of systems available.

The project, which hopes to help the UK lead the way in photovoltaic research and boost knowledge of renewable energy, has attracted over £420,000 of funding from the energy industry and research councils and will continue until at least 2015.

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