Solar PV systems
You could save and earn £628 a year
With Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels you can generate your own electricity, meaning you could save and earn £628 a year. Solar PV panels store energy from the sun and turn it into electricity. They’re easy to install and they don’t even need direct sunlight, just daylight. By generating your own electricity you could save on your energy bills. Plus with the Government’s Feed-in Tariff, you could be paid for every kilowatt hour (kWh) you generate. You can earn extra income for any electricity that you don’t use which can be fed into the grid.
The cost of installation and savings you could expect
|Average annual earnings from the Feed-in Tariff
|Average annual earnings from the grid
|Average annual savings on your electricity bill
|Total annual earnings and savings||£628.05|
We’ve based this example on how much you could earn by producing your own electricity using a 3 kWp solar PV system on a house with an EPC of level D. A system this size costs around £6,299 although the actual costs vary as renewable energy systems are tailored to your
The benefits of installing solar PV panels with us:
- Through the Government's Feed-in tariff you could earn money for up to 20 years.
- They help reduce your CO2 emissions.
- Sainsbury’s Energy work with trusted experts British Gas to install to a high quality and guarantee your solar system for 25 years.
- Hassle free installation and no moving parts mean very little maintenance is needed.
- We’ll provide you with a Sunny Beam Monitor so you can see your energy production and C02 saved.
- Collect 10,000 Nectar points when you have solar PV panels installed by us.
How solar PV works
A solar PV panel consists of cells in one or two layers made from a semi-conducting material like silicon. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric field across the layers, causing electricity to flow. The electricity flows through a cable and is collected at a central point usually located in your roof space. The electricity is then converted from a direct current (DC) to an alternating current (AC) and carries on into your home for you to use.
Is your home suitable?
We offer a wide range of different sized solar PV panels, our Energy Experts will advise you on the best ones for your home. Panels are ideally placed on an unshaded, south-facing roof. But as they don't rely on direct sunlight, they work even on cloudy days.
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 Calculated at 2,575kWh x 15.44p – the average amount of energy generated plus 1184.5 kWh x 4.5p – the amount of electricity fed into the grid. Payments for Solar PV panels for the electricity you generate and use began in April 2010 as part of the Government's Feed-in Tariffs. Rate from 1st November 2012 15.44p/kWh used onsite and an additional 4.5p/kWh used for export. Rate applies only to installations fitted to or wired to a dwelling with an energy efficiency rating within rating bands A to D. Assumes our 3kWp British Gas PV System. 50/50% split between electricity used onsite and excess exported back to the grid on a typical export tariff. Unit price used in calculation representative of the average p/kWh charge, as derived from the annual bills at industry average consumption of 16,500 kWh for gas and 3,300 kWh for single rate electricity, paying by Monthly Direct Debit on our Standard Tariff prices as at 11th January 2012, averaged across all regions and including VAT. 50% onsite consumption number sourced from the Feed-in Tariffs (Specified Maximum Capacity and Functions) Order 2010. The figures do not take into account any maintenance, repair or other costs required during the 20 year period. Correct as at 1st November 2012.
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 You need to be an existing Nectar account holder and register with Sainsbury's Energy to collect points. 10,000 points for each solar panel installation will be applied to your Nectar account 7 working days after completion of the installation. Offer may be amended or withdrawn at any time without notice and cannot be used in conjunction with any other Sainsbury's Energy offer. Terms and conditions apply. See sainsburysenergy.com/nectarterms for details.
 Savings figure source www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Energy-saving-assumptions,
Mar 2013. Actual savings depend on individual circumstances.
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