Solar panel electricity systems, also known as solar photovoltaics (PV), capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don’t need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting.
- Cut your electricity bills: sunlight is free, so once you’ve paid for the initial installation your electricity costs will be reduced.
- Get paid for the electricity you generate: the government’s Feed-In Tariffs pay you for the electricity you generate, even if you use it.
- Sell electricity back to the grid: if your system is producing more electricity than you need, or when you can’t use it, you can sell the surplus back to the grid.
- Cut your carbon footprint: solar electricity is green, renewables energy and doesn’t release any harmful carbon dioxide] or other pollutants. A typical home solar PV system could save over a tonne of carbon dioxide per year – that’s more than 30 tonnes over its lifetime.
LCDC worked with the group responsible for the attempted buy-out of the Struthers Factory to investigate the possibility of using part of the building and site for solar PV Panels.
LCDC is also interested in the possible use of the land behind the community garden for solar PV Panels.
Although the Feed In Tariff has been reducing, the cost of the panels has also come down significantly in recent years and it can still be a worthwhile investment in some cases.
SISTER: Scottish Institute for Solar Energy Research
A pan university alliance of solar energy researchers across 11 research centers.