Solar panels: An expert guide to the pros and cons

solar panels on roof of timber clad house
Solar panels can be a useful tool in reducing our carbon footprint (Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

Solar panels are one of the most recognisable forms of renewable energy sources, but you’d be forgiven for thinking that they’re not suited to maximising their full potential in the UK. 

However, while spells of sunshine may be short lived in this part of the world, there’s still a significant amount of energy that can be harnessed from the sun via solar panels. 

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.