PV Technology 2016-12-28T10:50:18+00:00

WHAT IS

PV Technology?

Solar cells, also called photovoltaic (PV) cells by scientists, convert sunlight directly into electricity. PV gets its name from the process of converting light (photons) to electricity (voltage), which is called the PV effect. The PV effect was discovered in 1954, when scientists at Bell Telephone discovered that silicon (an element found in sand) created an electric charge when exposed to sunlight.

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WHY SHOULD I

Choose PV?

Traditional solar cells are made from silicon, are usually flat-plate, and generally are the most efficient. Second-generation solar cells are called thin-film solar cells because they are made from amorphous silicon or nonsilicon materials such as cadmium telluride. Thin film solar cells use layers of semiconductor materials only a few micrometers thick. Because of their flexibility, thin film solar cells can double as rooftop shingles and tiles, building facades, or the glazing for skylights.

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Feed In Tariffs

The feed-in-tariff was introduced in April 2010 and subsidises the return on investing in a solar power system UK wide. The government guarantee you will earn a fixed income for each kilowatt hour (kWh) of energy generated. This income is guaranteed for 20 years, is tax free and will increase inline with inflation.

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