We find out more about Park Home Solar, an innovative company that could save you a pretty penny on your energy bills this winter…
How many times have you seen electricity prices hitting the headlines recently? It’s an almost daily occurrence now with news programmes constantly going on about the increasing cost of energy, with no real solution other than Government handouts, which will never cover the extra cost. There is not a great deal anyone can do about the underlying trend of price rises – the choices are pretty simple: either use less energy or generate your own.
As much as we all want to cut our bills, I doubt many of us would opt for a two-minute lukewarm shower, which leaves generating our own electricity. The easiest method of doing this is by using Solar PV (Photovoltaics), or putting up solar panels to produce electricity, which is then fed directly into your home. Ultimately, this electricity costs nothing.
What is solar PV?
Photovoltaic panels work by absorbing sunlight with photovoltaic cells and turning it into direct current (DC) electricity. This is then converted into alternating current (AC) with an inverter. This energy is then fed directly into your home, giving you free electricity through your consumer unit. Once the upfront costs are paid, the system runs without any additional costs. Systems usually have a 25-year guarantee (barring the inverters, which have a life expectancy of ten years).
The solar PV market has exploded over the last three months but it seems, as ever, many installers only want to fit on ‘traditionally’ built properties. Many will state that installing on a park home with a Decra roof with no loft and a 23° pitch is beyond them – or they simply bump the price up to put off buyers.
Fortunately, there is one exception: Park Home Solar. As the name suggests, Park Home Solar fits solar PV to park homes. The Hayling Island-based company has been working along the south coast and Home Counties but is currently looking to offer its services nationally, with a simple cost-effective model based on average electricity usage.
The standard set up is a six-panel system, producing around 2,300kwh of power per annum (depending on direction, shading etc). If you purchased this from your energy supplier at 20p a kwh – the average cost today – the cost would be £480; with Park Home Solar, it would be free electricity every year for 25 years.
The cost of the six-panel system, which includes all the equipment such as the panels, inverters and cabling – in fact, everything you need for the job – as well as installation, currently costs just £3,600.
Park Home Solar has other options, or the company will build a bespoke system to suit your individual park home’s needs.