Solar power works by converting the sun’s energy into electricity. It's an established, predictable technology, that provides set output across the year.
As a renewable technology, solar is very important to the UK’s net zero ambitions. The Government’s energy strategy states the need for a 400% increase in solar power by 2035.
Solar technology explained
- Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are made up of layers of silicon or other semi-conductive materials
- Sunlight hits the panels, and this creates electricity
- The electric charge passes through an inverter
- The power is exported to the grid or used to power business
Benefits of solar power
Solar power is quiet and has zero emissions - making it a perfect neighbour to the local communities it supports.
Each solar project on the grid helps displace fossil fuels.
Solar is one of the lowest cost forms of electricity - and facilitates lower energy bills.
Solar panels last a long time – which means they have a very low carbon impact.
This technology is a great option for businesses who want to boost their environmental, social and governance (ESG) targets - it adds incremental generation to the grid. A solar behind the meter connection can provide lower-cost power supply for commercial users.
Solar can be combined with other technologies, for example when co-located with battery storage.