Solar panel electricity systems -- also known as solar pv panels or photovoltaic panels -- capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells and convert it into electricity for you home. Photovoltaic panels have been in use for decades and represent an environmentally-friendly means of converting solar energy into electricty. These cells don’t always need direct sunlight to work, and can still generate electricity on cloudy days.
If your home qualifies, you could get free solar panels through schemes referred to as "rent-a-roof." Solar companies install the solar energy panels free of charge, and pay for any maintenance and connection charges. Then they collect any profit from the green electricity that is generated. You benefit from the free electricity generated from the solar energy panels, without any of the cost.
TOP TIP There are two types of commonly available solar panels for home: photovoltaic (PV) panels and thermal panels. The latter are used only to heat water and are not as popular. Solar PV panels convert energy from the sun into electricity.
We know it's a big decision, so we've tried to cover any remaining questions you might have in our solar energy guides below.
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