(PRWEB UK) 5 March 2012
Industry specialists EnergyLink have today launched a new website, Home Solar Panels, to co-incide with the new 21p Feed-in Tariff (FIT) rate from 3rd March 2012. The website will provide information and guidance to UK households wishing to enter the Solar market, while also becoming the first to offer a free, instant, and personalised online quote for Home Solar Panels.
The instant online quote is just one of many features on the new website; Home Solar Panels can also arrange for homeowners to receive up to three free no-obligation surveys from MCS accredited Solar installers. This helps to ensure that prices are competitive and rogue traders are avoided.
In addition, the website will offer the functionality for homeowners to check whether their property is suitable for Solar Panels using the roof checker, and to determine costs, savings, and earnings using the calculator.
Solar Panels for homes are increasing in popularity and it’s not difficult to see why, with a growing number of households keen to take advantage of the benefits that generating their own electricity can offer.
Solar Panels for homes provide an excellent opportunity to cut energy bills, generate and use free electricity and earn a tax-free income through the Government’s Feed-in Tariff.
The current Feed-in Tariff rate pays 21p for each unit of electricity that is generated, regardless of whether it is used, for 25 years. An additional 3.1p is also paid for each unit of electricity that is unused and exported back to the national grid.
Not only will homeowners receive payments for energy that Home Solar Panels produce, the generated energy can also be used to power lighting and household appliances – for example a kettle, dishwasher or tumble dryer – resulting in significant energy bill savings.
Based on a typical 2kWp Solar system, the Home Solar Panels calculator estimates that the Feed in Tariff will generate a tax-free return of £513 per year in earnings and savings for the 25 years of the Feed-in Tariff period. This equates to a profitable Return on Investment of 7.3%.
For customers considering Home Solar Panels, now represents a viable time to invest ahead of planned Energy Performance Criteria (EPC) requirements and Feed-in Tariff reductions, announced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), on 9th February 2012.
From 1st April 2012, as detailed on DECC’s website, all homeowners must ensure that their property meets an Energy Performance rating of at least ‘D’ for Home Solar Panels. Failure to meet this requirement will result in lower FIT payments of 9p for electricity generated, rather than the current FIT rate of 21p.
DECC have also proposed plans to reduce the FIT rate to between 16.5p and 13.6p in July 2012 and further lowering it by another 5% in October 2012, and every six months thereafter.
To ensure that customers beat the EPC deadline of 1st April 2012 and future FIT cuts, EnergyLink advise applying for Home Solar Panels now to receive a FIT rate of 21p and a Return on Investment between 7.3% and 9.3%.
To receive an instant online quote; arrange up to three free no-obligation surveys; check property's suitability or calculate Solar Panel earning and savings, visit Home Solar Panels.