Warming to Solar Energy. Reap the Power Benefits of Fitting Panels to Your Home

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FOR more than three decades, solar power has been the leading light in environmentally friendly energy.

Simple, efficient and reliable, it can save you piles of cash all year round.

There are two main types available - photovoltaic (PV) solar panels and solar thermal heating panels.

While PV panels generate electricity to run appliances and lighting, solar thermal panels use energy to warm water stored in a hot water cylinder.

Even on overcast days, both systems will collect heat from the sun - providing your home with free energy. And your bills will plummet.

Jim Kirkland, from Solar Electricity Systems, said: "Energy is getting more expensive, with gas and electricity prices increasing year on year by double-digits.

"And the forecast is to be much the same, due to increasing costs in generating energy and finding new sources of energy.

"Opting for solar energy means you can inflation-proof your energy costs and dramatically cut your bills.

"Research has confirmed you can generate up to 60 per cent of your own hot water through solar thermal heating panels.

"With solar power, there's no doubt you can cut your costs in a clean and efficient way."

Jim added: "Customers now have a choice - they can either continue to pay ever increasing energy costs or embrace renewable energy and beat the increases."

As one of the largest companies in the industry, Solar Electricity Systems install thousands of new PV and thermal solar panels throughout Scotland and the north of England every year.

They were one of the first firms in the country to join the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and gain full certification for the design and installation of both panel types.

Thanks to their direct links with manufacturers, Solar Electricity Systems are one of the few companies who can really cut the costs of installation for customers.

Owner Jim said: "Many people wrongly assume solar power is expensive to install. That may have been the case long ago but costs have been dramatically reduced.

"Better technology and buying power have ensured prices have fallen. …