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RCI May 2017

RENEWABLE ENERGY Shining a light on solar power Wienerberger says its new research disproves common misconceptions around solar technology. Here the manufacturer explains what those misconceptions are and why they’re incorrect “Wienerberger’s research has also demonstrated that most consumers overestimate the cost of having solar panels installed in their homes and feel that solar is out of their budget” Research conducted by Wienerberger has revealed that UK consumers are largely in the dark about solar power. A recent survey of 2,000 people shows that 1 in 5 of us still think that planning permission is required to have solar panels installed, while just under half of those surveyed overestimated the cost of solar by up to £5,500. In light of these findings, we’ve tried to debunk five common myths surrounding this misunderstood renewable technology... 1. Maintenance A common misconception among consumers is the need for homeowners to arrange essential maintenance. Needless to say, it’s wise to monitor the output of panels and to stay aware of any factors that may reduce their exposure to sunlight, such as over-grown trees or dirt. However, many of today’s solar panel specialists provide a user interface to allow the homeowner to see how much energy they’re generating and on-going monitoring so there’s no need to worry about undetected maintenance issues. 2. Size and aesthetics While solar panels may not be to everyone’s taste, modern design has helped reduce their size and make them more aesthetically pleasing. Obviously, the bigger the surface the solar panel solution covers, the more energy it will generate. Solar structures, however, can be custom-made to minimise their visual impact with both on-roof and in-roof installations available. 3. Costs Wienerberger’s research has also demonstrated that most consumers overestimate the cost of 048 MAY 2017 RCIMAG.COM having solar panels installed in their homes and feel that solar is out of their budget. In recent years, however, the cost of installing solar panels has reduced significantly and prices are falling. More importantly, solar panels are a moneysaving investment and can help homeowners / building owners save on their energy bills in the long run. 4. Guarantees and warranties An investment in solar panels will always be worthwhile, but many fear that the initial financial outlay will fail to provide a tangible return. Today, a lot of solar energy specialists provide warranty options, as well as cash-back plans and performance guarantees. This means that the performance of solar panels can be continuously monitored, checked for improvements and adjustments to ensure the best return for money. 5. Avoiding power cuts While solar panels can’t make a home or a building insusceptible to power cuts, they can help to minimise the impact of a power outage. If you include a generator and battery storage in your solar installation, you can be self-sufficient, even when it’s dark outside and your batteries are dead. So there’s no need to be left in the dark about solar. At Wienerberger we feel those common anxieties around upkeep, style and price are remedied by our complete solar solution, which gives customers one guarantee, one invoice and one point of contact through the entire process. We provide support through the entire procedures of design, installation and monitoring and have a cash-back guarantee included in the offer. www.solar-made-simple.co.uk Ground mounted solar installation


RCI May 2017
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