The Benefits of Solar Electricity
Get paid for the electricity you generate: the government’s Feed-In Tariffs pay you for the electricity you generate, even if you use it (but check recent changes to the tariffs, which have reduced the amount you can get back).
Sell electricity back to the grid: if your system is producing more electricity than you need, or when you can’t use it, you can sell the surplus back to the grid. Read more about feed-in tariffs and selling electricity.
Cut your carbon footprint: solar electricity is green, renewables energy and doesn’t release any harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) or other pollutants. A typical home solar PV system could save over a tonne of CO2 per year – that’s more than 30 tonnes over its lifetime.
If your system is eligible for the Feed-In Tariff scheme it could generate savings and income of around £540 per year – you will get paid for both the electricity you generate and use, and what you don’t use and export to the grid. If you know your system size, you can get a tailored estimate for your system using our Solar Energy Calculator.
*this is based on a 3kWp solar PV system eligible for a generation tariff of 16p/kWh. For more information on the different generation tariffs for solar PV and when they might apply, see UK Government changes to solar PV Feed-in Tariffs – new and proposed