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Grid Connect Solar Panel Installation in Leicester

A grid-connected photovoltaic power system or grid-connected PV system is an electricity generating solar PV system that is connected to the utility grid. A grid-connected PV system consists of a number of solar panels, one or several inverters and grid connecting equipment.

The solar modules generate a DC electrical current and the inverters convert this DC electricity into an AC electrical current that matches the local grid voltage and frequency.

The grid connecting equipment monitors the whole system and automatically switches the inverter off if the mains grid should fail. This equipment is usually built into the inverter.

Grid-connected PV systems range from small residential and commercial rooftop systems through to large utility-scale power stations with many 1000’s of solar modules.

As they are connected to the Grid, these systems don’t need expensive battery storage systems. Excess energy can be exported to the Grid and any energy shortage at the property can be met by the Grid.

With no moving parts, a professionally designed PV solar system will give reliable power for many years and earn an income that will more than pay for itself.

Run by the sun
Run by the sun


Invest in solar panels to protect your business from future energy price rises

If you have equipment that uses electricity all day then Grid Connected solar systems on commercial properties can have an even better payback. Using 100% of the electricity generated will also help to protect the business from future electricity price rises.

Use solar energy to reduce your energy bills and generate an additional income from the Feed In Tariff scheme

The UK Government’s Feed in Tariff scheme is designed to let grid PV solar systems earn and income, which will pay for their installation costs. The payback period is usually between 8 to 12 years, depending upon the individual system and property features.

The benefits of the solar energy FIT scheme

  • You earn the Feed in tariff rate for you solar system for every unit (kWh) of electricity it produces, whether or not you use the electricity in your property. This rate is dependent upon the size of the array, and is increased annually in line with inflation.
  • You also earn a payment for electricity exported to the grid. For smaller PV systems (under 30kWp) this payment is estimated by your electricity provider to be 50% of the electricity your solar system generates. For example if you generate 1000kWh you will be paid the FIT rate for 1000kWh, and also the export rate for 500kWh. For larger systems an export meter is installed and export payments earned according to the meter reading.
  • Finally your property will use the electricity that the solar system generates before importing any electricity from the grid. A professionally designed PV solar system could reduce your electricity bill by 50% or more.