Considering Solar PV as an energy solution for your home or business? You’ll soon find that it’s not a simple matter of buying solar PV panels and finding an installer to fit them. Solar PV systems can be fairly complicated especially if you want to get your money’s worth. There are lots of factors to consider when shopping around – which is why we’ve carried out the research for you.
At Dynamic Solar, we’ve picked out the best choices of panels, inverters and batteries for our range, ensuring that you absolutely get the best return on your investment. We not only supply solar PV systems, but carry out expert installations to our clients around the South. Our range This blog lists our top choices and the best systems that your money can buy.
How solar PV works
Solar PV panels work much like a battery in that they consist of many solar cells. Each solar cell absorbs photons (particles of light) which excites the electrons in the semi-conductive layers in the cell. These electrons create a charge as they move from one layer of atoms to another, leading to a current of electricity.
Solar PV has been in use for decades, but it’s only recently been readily available for households and businesses to benefit from. Solar PV as a source of renewable energy only contributes to a very small percentage of the electricity used around the globe, with only 8% of the earth’s electricity coming from solar energy. It’s taking individual property owners to make the move to renewable energy themselves to reduce the planet’s reliance on non-renewable energy sources. That’s why more people are investing in their own solar PV systems.
What is a solar PV system?
A solar PV system uses sunlight to create electricity that you can use free of charge. Solar PV (photovoltaic) panels are fitted either on the roof of a property, making use of the space most exposed to the sun, or mounted on the ground to gather light. The solar panels create D/C (direct current) electricity, however appliances in the household or at the workplace use A/C (alternating current). A solar PV system needs an inverter as well as panels to create a flow of electricity that can be readily used. You then have the freedom to use the electricity as it’s produced. Any energy that isn’t consumed can be sold back to the grid where you can make money off your energy provider’s solar export tariff.
To make further savings with a Solar PV System, you can add solar batteries to the system. Instead of relying on electricity from the national grid when you can’t use solar energy, you can use electricity stored up in your batteries. This cuts back on your electric bills even further, giving you more independence and reducing your carbon-footprint.
What to look for in your solar PV system
If you’ve started to shop around for solar PV panels, you’ve very likely noticed by now that there are a lot of different panels on the market. When looking for a system, there are a lot of things to factor – not just the cost. Choosing a product that gives you the best value for money is essential.
You should bear in mind the following for your system:
- Warranty periods
- Ongoing manufacturer support
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Charge and discharge rate of inverters and batteries
- Solar panel output
- Type of system required for your consumption and usage
- Size of battery storage required
- Best supplier for SEG tariff
Our top picks for solar PV systems
Our best products consider all the above. These are our top performers in our range.
- Trina 415w Vertex S – 25 year warranty
- Prelight Delta 415w – 30 year warranty
- Jinko Neo 415w – 25 year warranty
- GivEnergy Hybrid inverter range
- Growatt inverter range
- Huawei invert range
- GivEnergy (2.6 – 9.5kw)
- Huawei (5kw, stackable for additional storage, link 2 to make 10kw of storage)
- Pylon 2.4kw & 3.5kw (stackable for additional storage)
The best solar PV system for starters
Our best-selling combination includes a 10 panel (4kw) system with a 3.6kw inverter and battery. It’s the best starting point for homeowners and business owners as there’s plenty of opportunity to add more panels to the system and more storage further down the line. We also recommend choosing a hybrid inverter if you’re going in with a blank slate as the extra battery storage is a must have to make the most out of your solar PV system.
GivEnergy systems are our favoured and best-selling systems due to their ease of installation, user friendly app interface, extended manufacturers warranties and ongoing manufacturer technical support.
But whatever solar PV panels interest you the most or what system you wish to start with, our team can manage every aspect of the installation. We can also help you choose which products are best for your energy consumption, space you have available and budget you have to work with.
How to get started on fitting your solar PV system
Picking your solar PV system is just one step of the process and it’s one that you can have help with or choose to handle yourself. The installation is a different story. Our expert solar PV installers are happy to manage every aspect of your system’s installation – from fitting your panels efficiently and to the correct regulations to carrying out all electrical work indoors as well as outdoors.
We quote every job on an individual basis which is why we provide free quotes so you don’t encounter any unexpected surprises down the line. We’ll take stock of everything involved in the job and give you a transparent idea of costs and time scales.
If you’re ready to get started or have any questions, simply give us a call on 01202 985 321 or send us a message using our contact form. You can also request a quote here.