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Are solar panels worth it? We have answers to the nation’s most popular questions to help you decide

Make an informed decision with the help and guidance of Brookes Electrical Limited. Read on to find the answers you seek or contact us directly to speak with our experienced team regarding a specific domestic or commercial solar project in Torquay.

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  • What is solar energy and why should I switch to it?
    Solar energy is a green, renewable energy source generated by harnessing sunlight and converting it into electricity. It's environmentally friendly, can reduce your energy bills, and lessens dependence on fossil fuels.
  • How do solar panels work?
    Solar panels work by capturing sunlight with photovoltaic cells, converting the sunlight into electricity. This electricity can then be used to power your home or business.
  • What is MCS accreditation?
    MCS, or the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, is a nationally recognized quality assurance scheme for small-scale renewable energy technologies. As an MCS accredited installer, we adhere to stringent standards, ensuring our solar panel systems are safe and reliable.
  • How does the Feed-in Tariff work?
    The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) is a UK Government scheme that pays you for the electricity you generate through your solar panel system, even if you use it. If your system is MCS accredited, you could earn money back for excess electricity that you feed back into the grid.
  • What is a solar battery storage system?
    A solar battery storage system stores excess energy produced by your solar panels. Instead of feeding this back into the grid, the energy is stored for use during times when the panels aren't producing electricity, such as at night or during cloudy weather.
  • How much does a solar panel system cost?
    The cost of a solar panel system varies based on factors such as system size, your location, and the type of panels used. We provide detailed quotes tailored to your specific needs.
  • What is the lifespan of a solar panel?
    Solar panels typically last between 25-30 years. However, the panels don't stop producing electricity after this period, their energy production just decreases slightly.
  • Is my roof suitable for solar panels?
    Most roofs are suitable for solar panel installations, but factors such as roof strength, angle, shading, and space can affect the efficiency of a solar panel system. Our team will assess your property in Torquay to ensure it's suitable for a solar installation.
  • Can solar panels work in cloudy weather or at night?
    While solar panels are most effective in direct sunlight, they can still produce electricity on cloudy days, albeit at a reduced level. At night, your solar panels won't produce electricity, but this is when a battery storage system can be beneficial.
  • How much maintenance do solar panels require?
    Solar panels require minimal maintenance. It's important to keep them clean and free from obstruction to ensure maximum efficiency. We provide further advice on solar panel maintenance upon installation.
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We hope we’ve answered your questions thoroughly

If there’s anything else you’d like to discuss, complete our online form to reach our office in Torquay.

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