Solar power helps in reducing the effects of global warming. Global warming is proven to be a threat to the earth’s ecological system and the survival of countless species. Luckily, decades of research have led to efficient solar panel systems that create electricity without producing global warming pollution. Solar power is now very clearly one of the most important solutions to the global warming crisis.

Solar panel electricity systems, also known as solar photovoltaic’s (PV), capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don’t need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting.

One of the main benefits of solar power to you the consumer is that you can either use the electricity generated in your own property to sell it back to your electricity provider for later use. In effect your electric meter will run backwards when you are producing solar powered energy & forward when you are using the electricity.

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. Groups of cells are mounted together in panels or modules that can either be mounted on your roof or on the ground.
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. PV cells come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most PV systems are made up of panels that fit on top of an existing roof.

Cut your electricity bills. Sunlight is free, so once you’ve paid for the initial installation your electricity costs will be reduced.

• Get paid for the electricity you generate. The UK government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme pays you for the electricity you generate, even if you don’t use it.

Sell electricity back to the grid. If your system is producing more electricity than you need, you can sell the surplus back to the grid through the Feed-in Tariff scheme.

Cut your carbon footprint. Solar electricity is green renewable energy and doesn’t release any harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants. A typical home solar PV system could save over a tonne and a half of carbon dioxide per year – that’s more than 30 tonnes over its lifetime.

Solar PV needs little maintenance & should typically last you 25 years or more. You just need to keep the panels relatively clean and make sure trees don’t begin to overshadow them. In the UK panels that are tilted at 15° or more have the additional benefit of being cleaned by rainfall to ensure optimal performance.

In a recent survey of customers who had solar panels fitted for over 1 year found that the average reduction in their annual electric bill was 37%, with 25% of those questioned enjoying savings of 50% and over.

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Courtesy: Nexus Energy Solutions

About Nexus Energy Solutions

Nexus based in Scotland offers businesses energy solutions. Primarily working with commercial businesses to increase renewable energy usage. Nexus also offer commercial EPCs to help businesses become more energy efficient.


  1. By Joseph, September 7, 2018 @ 8:15 PM

    Solar energy is the new wave and is bound to take over. With so many benefits, it’s an easy choice this day in age!

  2. By Amy Winters, August 31, 2018 @ 10:55 AM

    Thanks for pointing out that solar panels don’t need very much maintenance and usually last at least 25 years. My husband and I have been talking about investing in solar panels to reduce our carbon footprint, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to take the plunge if they’d require a lot of upkeep. Thanks for pointing out that solar panels are actually low-maintenance and long-lasting!

  3. By Nora Dawn, January 30, 2018 @ 4:17 AM

    Thanks for the post, very informative. Solar energy is very abundant in nature and we should make its use and should save other non-reusable resources to generate electricity I really appreciate your effort in this post and you have benefited others and me by enhancing my knowledge.

  4. By Amanda Woods, November 7, 2017 @ 4:17 AM

    Great information. Yes, climate change is real and it’s time we started using alternate energy solutions. It’s a win-win, since it leads to savings and has a positive impact on the environment. It’s heartening to learn that PV sales have risen significantly, from both commercial and residential users.

  5. By Naveen Kulkarni, June 28, 2017 @ 5:50 AM

    Great post on solar panels. I think solar panels are gaining more popularity and attention since resources such as gas are depleting.

  6. By Jade Brunet, June 8, 2017 @ 9:21 AM

    A lot of our neighbors are getting solar panels installed on their roofs and I was wondering what the benefits were. It is good to realize that sunlight is free so once you’ve paid for installation, your electricity costs will be reduced. This sounds like a smart idea, especially where we live with the hot sun. I will have to talk to my husband about this option.

  7. By Valeria Martinez, February 5, 2016 @ 2:09 PM

    I think this about solar panels is really important because we have many problems with the electricity, global warming and everything respect the ecology.
    Now, i know more about the benefits, maintenance and savings.
    I considerate that is so good to use for 3 principals things:
    Good for the enviroment, makes you independent of electricity prices and improve grid security.

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