The Solar Energy Legislation for the UK and the world as a hole are constantly changing, as governments realise the World Wide Movement for this technology for both Business and Home users.

The legal changes faced with Solar and other related renewable energy methods have recently been updated in the UK, with the Feed In Tariff for Solar panel implementation by the public. More indepth information from the August 2012 governemtn changes can be located on the UK Parliment Feed In Tariff Page.

The Renewables Obligation is simple, however the attempts by the UK Government to lower the money and rates to the end users of Solar Technolgy is in our opinion counter productive, as a percentage of new comers will decide against implementing Solar Panels.  Three types of home solar panel systems, of which all face the UK Energy Legislation changes, we have added a definition below, to assist novices to Solar Panel Technology:

Home solar panels which provide energy to people’s homes are becoming more and more popular each day and there are now more of these on offer to potential customers than ever before. For those of you who like many people know nothing about this new innovation in technology knowing which types of solar panels are on offer is essential before you commit to having them installed. For this reason we have decided to list below the main three types of these systems that are most popular in the United Kingdom as to give you a better understanding of what benefits each of them provide to you. There are various forms of Solar Products for the garden, some of which can be found via the following resources:

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The first type of solar panels that I would like to discuss are the grid inter-tied residential solar power systems which are generally connected to your home as well as the normal national grid. These systems allow for home owners to have the facility to use the power generated by the solar panels first and when this is depleted the power source will then change back to the national grid. With these systems it is a great advantage that when your home is not using as much energy as the panels are generating the surplus energy can then be sold back the which ever electrical company you use at a profit.

As well as this added bonus these systems are so the most popular as they are by far the lowest cost panels on the market as they have far less components needed than the other types of systems. We recommend viewing the Official Solar Maps website, this offers a global view of Solar in general.

The next type of system that is on offer to you is the same system as above but this the addition of a battery back up which gives the home owner the added benefit of having the security of having power when there could be possible power cuts and so on. This is extremely helpful as during times of peak sunlight where the panels generate more power than needed before the excess power is sold back to the company first it will recharge the batteries so you will always have power if the worst happens. The only downfall of this system over the previous system is that after time the constant recharging of these batteries can ware down the components of the system. These systems due to their extensive more design features are much more expensive to install which can be off putting for some people.

The final type of home solar panel system we would like to make you aware of is the off grid solar power systems which are basically systems that are totally disconnected from the national power grid and run completely independently. These systems by default also carry batteries to cover the owner for times where they have a shortfall in sunlight or the home owner uses more than they usually would. These systems are also usually fitted by a back up electricity generator for the same reason as over time batteries may become faulty or not be able to produce the power you require. These are the three most common solar panel systems you will find on offer to home owners in the United Kingdom so we hope that this guide to each of these will prove useful to you.

If you are serious about having equipment like this installed within your home we would advise you to do as much research as possible to ensure you have chosen the best system to meet your needs. If you fail to do this and then decide you need something else it can become very costly to exchange these systems and of course this could leave you without any type of power for your homes.

Resources of Interest

1. The Wiki Page for Renewable Energy Law

2. The USA Alternative Fuels Law Website

3. The Sustainable Energy Action Plan for 2012 – 2015 for Northen Ireland.

4.  Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Committee Stage Report

Written by James