You might think of solar energy as a relatively modern phenomenon, but the first solar cell (capable of converting solar energy into power) was developed all the way back in 1954. Since then, solar energy has been harnessed using a range of increasingly sophisticated technologies, including solar heating, solar thermal energy and solar photovoltaics.
There are many benefits that come from choosing solar energy and it’s steadily growing in popularity as households and businesses become more aware of their carbon footprint. The current average carbon footprint in the UK stands at 8.34 tonnes per person, but research shows that this needs to drop to an average of under two tonnes per person by 2050. Solar energy is one way to reduce your carbon footprint and there are many other benefits too, so read on to find out more.
Once you’ve paid for the initial cost of the solar panels, you have a free source of energy that will never run out. Solar power can be used to generate both electricity and heating and it can save you around 30% on your electricity bills. In some cases, you can even sell excess energy back to the National Grid and if you’re a business, there may be government initiatives and grants to help offset some of the installation costs.
It’s better for the environment
Solar power is a form of renewable energy that’s clean, green and much better for the environment. Harnessing solar power is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and preserve fossil fuels like natural gas or oil. Solar power also doesn’t produce any greenhouse gases and, once the panels are installed, it’s entirely self sufficient so it won’t consume valuable resources.
Easy to install
You’ll need a professional to install your solar panels, but the process is relatively simple and can usually be completed in just two days. Once installed, the panels require very little maintenance and they should last for decades with no reduction in efficiency.
If you’ve been thinking about making the switch to solar energy for your business, get in touch with the experts at The Energy Desk. We’re passionate about helping companies to find smarter, greener energy solutions and we can assist you with in depth advice, help with government funding, issuing Energy Performance Certificates, and more. For more information about our solar energy services or other ways to save money on your energy bills, give us a call today or visit our website.