What’s it like living with solar PV panels?

Solar PV panels on a roof
(Image credit: Future/David Hilton)

Living with solar PV panels isn't simply about installing them, it's a lifestyle. Solar PV (photovoltaic) panels are an eco-friendly addition to any home and they can make your home cheaper to run, but how you use solar PV will determine its real value. 

Solar panels use sunlight to generate electricity, and while the Feed-in-Tariff – which offered homeowners with quite a generous incentive in the form of 46p/kWh electricity at its peak – is now closed, you can still export energy to energy companies. And with energy prices continuing to rise, solar PV is a great system to install if you have the right orientation and opportunity. 

David Hilton

David is a renewables and ventilation installer, with over 35 years experience, and is a long-standing contributor to Homebuilding and Renovating magazine. He is a member of the Gas Safe Register, has a Masters degree in Sustainable Architecture, and is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics, heat recovery ventilation, renewables, and also conventional heating systems. He is also a speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. 

Passionate about healthy, efficient homes, he is director of Heat and Energy Ltd. He works with architects, builders, self builders and renovators, and designs and project manages the installation of ventilation and heating systems to achieve the most energy efficient and cost effective outcome for every home.