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Solar panels

Solar panels are made out of photovoltaic cells that convert the sun's energy into electricity for you to use, These cells don’t need direct sunlight to work and they can still generate electricity on a cloudy day, which can be used to run household appliances. PV cells are made from layers of semi-conducting material, usually silicon. When light shines on the cell, it creates an electric field across the layers. The stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced. The power of a PV cell is measured in kilowatts peak (kWp). That’s the rate at which it generates energy at peak performance in full direct sunlight during the summer.

Benefits of solar: Reduce bills, earn money( If your system is producing more electric that your house needs, you can sell the surplus back to the grid), adds property value.

Battery storage:

The benefits of solar with battery storage:

If you’re frequently at home during the day, you’ll find it easier to use more of what you generate.

However, Ofgem estimate that the average household only uses around 50% of what they generate. So if you’re not often home until the evening or want to make sure you can always make the most of your green electricity, pair your solar panels with battery storage. This way, you’ll be able to use your solar power even after the sun’s gone down.

Solar iboost:

The Solar iBoost+ by Marlec is a device that enables you to use more of the free energy produced by your solar PV system, reducing your energy bills even further by heating water for free.

How Does the Solar iBoost+ Work?

Most domestic solar PV systems will generate more energy during the day than is used. This surplus energy is usually sent to the National Grid automatically so you may not even be aware that it's going on. The Solar iBoost+ interrupts this process, enabling you to use more of your free solar energy while you have it and reducing the amount you need to buy.

The Solar iBoost+ is made up of 2 main parts: the Solar iBoost+ Controller which is usually installed in an airing cupboard and a 'Sender' which is clamped to your electricity meter.

  • 1. The Sender monitors the electricity being generated by your solar PV system and compares it against the amount of electricity you're using. It sends this information to the Solar iBoost+ wirelessly.
  • 2. When the Solar iBoost+ detects that you are generating 100W more energy than you're using, it automatically sends the excess to power your immersion heater. If the excess energy is needed elsewhere i.e. you turn on another appliance it will automatically adjust.
  • 3. Water will only be heated up the immersion heater's maximum thermostat setting.

Is a Solar iBoost+ Right for Your Home?

If you are looking for a way to make the most of your solar energy and save money on your water heating bills (without the expense of a solar storage battery) a Solar iBoost+ is a great choice.

Installation of solar system with battery storage

" Very friendly and knowledgeable. Quote was cheaper than expected, items ordered and system installed within 4 weeks. Kept informed of the delivery timescale,. Very professional during installation. system operates as expected. Would highly recommend. "