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Summer’s time to make the switch to green energy

With summer now upon us, it is time for installers across the UK to urge customers to make the switch to green energy in time for the brighter weather and all the benefits of renewable technology that come along with it.

April and May are the best months to install solar technology. With the number of daylight hours increasing from eight in December and January to 16 during the summer months, solar PV panels can generate nearly 10 times the amount of electricity during May, June and July than they can in the winter.

Not only can warmer weather help a home’s electricity generation, but it can also increase the output of solar thermal panels. The increased solar irradiation during these months allows solar thermal to provide a large portion of a home’s hot water in the summer, saving some users up to 30% on their annual energy bills.

Also, if customers want to take full advantage of government incentives like the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), summer’s the time to do so.

With the FiT allowing consumers to generate income from solar energy produced from PV panels, the opportunity to save even more money by adopting renewable technology increases substantially mid-year. Plus, with the Domestic RHI set to come into effect, homeowners will soon be able to reap the benefits of incentives while significantly lowering hot water bills and reducing carbon emissions.

There are many new products out on the market perfect for summer installations, but with the Domestic RHI due to come into effect in the coming months, one of the best products for end-users are the industry’s first-ever curtained solar thermal panels.

Prior to these being invented, homeowners did not have the option of covering their panels. This made it difficult for installers to specify systems large enough to generate adequate heat in the winter without stagnation or overheating occurring in the summer.

However, these panels use a fully automated blind to block the sun during intense periods of heat, which can be set to open and close based on time or temperature – preventing costly maintenance issues and increasing solar yield and RHI profits, while also lowering utility bills and minimising domestic CO2 emissions.

Another product to install this summer are air source heat pumps with a “reverse cycle” function, providing homeowners with a sustainable and energy-efficient alternative to air-conditioning during warmer weather, meaning users can keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter with their installation.

The unique selling points of renewables are all heightened at mid-year, making the idea of going green an even more appealing prospect to homeowners wanting to save money on utility bills and become more sustainable, making now the best time to start selling solar for future benefits.

Stephen Knight is commercial director at Navitron

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