Both large and small farms have come to rely on our knowledge and dependability, especially when dealing with complicated installations. A large part of our business is installing electrical systems in agricultural settings. As a company, we have committed a large percentage of our resources to the agricultural community, both locally and regionally.
of the UK’s energy comes from renewables.
of the world's energy consumption powered by renewables
renewables expected to grow by each year over the next two decades
amount of UK energy sourced by wind and solar by 2050
IWE Services Ltd takes pride in our knowledge of the agricultural industry and the integrity with which we treat our customers. We have over a decade of experience and understanding regarding the unique challenges of maintaining the electrical systems for local farms and agricultural programs – including introducing exciting ideas for alternative income generation.
By generating your own free energy you will need to buy less from your energy supplier and save money. The more of your own energy you can produce the less you will have to worry about rising energy prices.
Many homes manage to reduce their electricity spend by as much as 40-50%!
And yes, solar panels will still produce energy even during the winter and on cloudy days – although they are obviously most effective during the summer.
Adding a solar battery to your solar PV system can maximise your electricity savings even further.
When your system generates more energy than you're using it will send it back to the Grid. However, if you include a solar battery in your system, you can store this energy instead. This means you have access to free energy even when the sun isn't shining so you can spend even less on energy bills.
Solar panels don't produce carbon emissions as they work so can significantly reduce your home's impact on the environment.
When standard electricity is produced using fossil fuels like coal and natural gas it creates greenhouse gases which are harmful to our planet, so the more electricity we can generate from renewable sources, the better it is for all of us.
If that weren't enough motivation, eventually our fossil fuels will run out (some studies estimate this could be as soon as the next 30-60 years). Meanwhile, the sun is a permanent source of energy.
If we could capture it, the sun produces enough energy in an hour to power the whole world for a year!
You could also use your free solar energy to power an electric car which will simultaneously further reduce your carbon emissions and save you money on fuel costs. As solar panel benefits go, that’s a pretty big one!
A small EV produces around 15 tonnes of CO2 from construction through to scrapping, compared to an average of 32 tonnes for the equivalent petrol or diesel car. The cost of charging your vehicle with electricity will also save you money compared to refuelling with petrol or diesel. According to our calculations, the average home could save up to £2,783 per year.
Your solar PV system will need to produce enough kWh to power both your home and car.
Once the solar panels are installed there are no more running costs to worry about – other than maintenance and care. Occasionally you'll want to get your solar panels cleaned to make sure they're getting as much sunlight as possible. If you have trees in your garden it's worth making sure they're not obstructing the panels. Aside from this, you don't need to carry out any other maintenance – unless the roof is highlighted as requiring work prior to the panels being fitted.
Most solar panels on the market today are covered by a 20-25 year manufacturer's warranty so if anything technical were to go wrong, you can rest safe in the knowledge that it'll be sorted out free of charge.
Note: Your solar PV system will include an inverter which is the technology that converts the solar energy into electricity which can be used in your home. The inverter is usually covered by a warranty of 10-15 years so you will probably have to replace this at some point during the life of your system.
Today most solar panels (in domestic installations) reach efficiency levels of 14-20% but this can rise to 22% for the best brands working at maximum efficiency. The efficiency of solar panels will be affected if they are shaded or located / angled incorrectly. For the biggest energy savings the panels should be installed on a south facing roof at an angle of around 30-45 degrees.
Of course, the varied nature of British weather means it's difficult to predict how much sunlight we will have and therefore how much energy the panels will generate. Solar panels don't necessarily need direct sunlight in order to work, but they do need to be installed professionally, in the optimum location and at the correct angle to the sun. If your roof is overshadowed by trees or other buildings this will reduce the effectiveness of the panels.