Is Solar PV Right for Your Home? All Your Questions Answered

Solar PV panels mounted on a tiled roof
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Solar PV (photovoltaic) panels, which generate electricity using the sunlight, are a great eco-friendly addition to any home, but there are several considerations to be made before you commit.

The now-defunct Feed-in Tariff paid owners of solar PV panels a generous payment over a period of 20 years for the energy they generated, and this lead to a widespread take-up across the UK. However, without the tariff you may be wondering if this type of solar panel is worth the investment? And could the spiralling cost of electricity mean this renewable technology is once again worth considering?

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.