by S Pester and A Thorne (19-Jul-2011)
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This introductory guide is for anyone interested in generating their own electricity using solar panels. It covers the main issues associated with the planning, installation and operation of electricity-generating solar (photovoltaic or PV) panels on dwellings, and identifies the key characteristics that make a building suitable for a PV system. Indicative costs and benefits are given, as well as sample calculations showing the financial return for a typical household, although much of the information can be applied to all types and sizes of building. References are given to legislative requirements for design, installation, commissioning and control; standards; and details of financial incentives.
This is one in a series of five BRE Information Papers on the main renewable energy technologies for buildings and communities, covering biomass systems; photovoltaic systems; large-scale low-carbon heating; ground source heat pumps and low-temperature heating; and solar thermal systems.
Format: A4 8pp