What you need to know about Solar Panels [Infographic]

Although solar panels have been around for quite some time, recent developments in photovoltaics, cutting production costs and increasing energy yields, have led to an increase in their popularity. Solar panels are the number one form of domestic renewable energy, and recent years have seen the rise of solar panel farms, purpose built to capture this free and renewable energy.

Affordable Solar Panels, combined with lucrative government incentives, make photovoltaic cells a great investment for any property owner. Best of all, in most cases you do not need planning permission, making the process even easier.

In the UK, the government backed Feed-in Tariff scheme pays you for every unit of solar electricity you generate, even if you use the electricity yourself! You can also generate a profit by providing excess electricity back into the grid. The amount you receive as part of the Feed-in Tariff is dependant how energy efficient your property is, so for the best financial returns, ensure your property has a great energy rating.

Solar Panels last 25+ years, require minimal maintenance, and can even add value to your property. There are however a few considerations that should be checked, including whether your roof can support the weight of the panels, or whether you are even allowed to install solar panels on your property.

This infographic helps provide all of the information you will need to make an informed decision as to whether solar panels are the right fit for you and your property. From the installation pricing and maintenance costs to the expected financial returns and savings, as well as a list of the benefits and disadvantages of solar panels.