How Solar PV works on your home...

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) works when the suns UV rays make contact with the panels attached to your roof. The panels are made from a type of reactive crystal that creates a chemical and physical reaction when touched by the sun.

The power produced is DC current, this needs converting to AC current as this is what is used to power your lighting, sockets and switches in your home.

If you dont require the power you are producing it can be exported back to the grid, which will earn you money.

If you require more power than you are producing, in the evening for example, you can import power from the grid. So you will always have consistant power.

FREE Solar PV or Self Managed?

Currently the government are offering an incentive scheme called the Feed In Tariff (FIT). This guarantees you a certain price per unit of electricity that you feed into the grid. It also means you can have panels installed FREE! A third party will pay for the installation of solar PV on your home and then pay you an amount of money every month, based on the power you produce.

If you would like to have FREE solar PV on your house which guarantees the FIT payment you will need to act quickly, the FIT rate is due to be substantially reduced during 2016. For more information about the FIT click here.

We can introduce you to our partners in the financial sector who can arrange and fund your Solar PV installation.

Self Managed Solar PV

Solar PV panel prices are becoming more competitive every year, so much so the government are considering reducing the FIT incentive scheme. This means it is considered economically attractive to go solar without the need for government interference or long tied in contracts with third party funders.

You will form a contract with your energy provider who will then pay you directly, for the unused power you pump back into the grid.

If you want to fund the project yourself our DIY kits and parts mean you can buy the right size kit for your house and organise the installation yourself. Or we can put you in touch with a qualified MCS installer in your area, who will complete the installation.

The Benefits

  • No upfront costs

  • Guaranteed income for the term of the contract

  • You pay less for your energy

  • You are reducing yourimpact on the environment

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  • You own the system outright

  • You receive all the benefit of exporting to the grid

  • You pay less for your energy

  • You are reducing your impact on the environment

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Suitability Checker

Enter your postcode into our suitability checker, it provides a quick view of your home and help you visualise which way your roof is pointing.

Due South is the best direction for your panels to be facing as this gives the best yield, in other words this is the direction which is facing the sun the longest during the day.

If your roof is pointing East or West dont despair! You may still find solar PV to be economcally attractive.


Try our calculator for a more
detailed assessment of your
homes potential for solar PV

Solar Panel - Reapairs and Maintenance

Reapairs and Maintenance

At recycle solar its not all about selling new systems. We want to be there if you have an issue with your existing solar panels or inverters, or anything else for that matter.

Our network of fully qualified engineers, handpicked in your local area can be there to repair or maintain your solar panel system. It may be the panels just need a good clean, especially in some areas of the country where air pollution is high. Or it may be something more serious, like a failing inverter or damage from the weather.

Whatever the issue our guys
will fix it, to find an engineer
in your area please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is photovoltaics (solar electricity) or "PV"?


What do we mean by photovoltaics? The word itself helps to explain how photovoltaic (PV) or solar electric technologies work. First used in about 1890, the word has two parts: photo, a stem derived from the Greek phos, which means light, and volt, a measurement unit named for Alessandro Volta (1745-1827), a pioneer in the study of electricity. So, photovoltaics could literally be translated as light-electricity. And that's just what photovoltaic materials and devices do; they convert light energy to electricity, as Edmond Becquerel and others discovered in the 18th Century1111.

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Solar Panels - Remove or Replace we Recycle


There may be numerous reasons why solar panels on your roof need to come down. It may be you have moved to a house which has solar panels and you just dont want them on your property.


More likely though you may want to replace the solar panels on your roof with something a little more powerful and efficient. With advancements in technology occurring all the time now may be a good time to change your panels. Developments in panels hidden in roof tiles and even glass windows mean you could achieve the great money saving potential of solar without having panels on your roof.


Solar panels are constructed using a variety of materials, some toxic, and they require a method of disposal which is more involved than taking them to your local refuse center. Specialist disposal is neccersarry and this has a cost. At recycle solar we take in your old panels for a variety of purposes. We can break down the panels into the component parts, or we can repurpose and restore the panels for the second hand market.

For more information on Recycle Solars
recycling philosophy or to organise the
removal of panels please click here

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