Solar PV is a long-term investment, and Princes Solar Energy will be there for you every step of the way. As an independent Shropshire-based company, we are able to offer an unrivalled personal service. You can pop in to our business premises in Ellesmere anytime during office hours, where we can answer your questions and demonstrate how our solar PV system operates.
Following your installation, which is carried out by our own employed, fully trained engineers, we are available to maintain and service your system for years to come. And, we will give as much free advice over the telephone as you need.
You can trust us to recommend and install the right system for you. Princes Solar Energy has been Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certified since 2011 and are members of the Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC), a scheme approved by the Trading Standards Institute.
When Matt came round to discuss solar panels, he really listened to what I was saying, as I wanted a system whereby I could store the solar energy gathered during the day, and then use it when I came home. Whereas other companies told me this was impossible and wanted to sell me geothermal or other technologies, Princes Solar suggested a battery system, such as those used off-grid. A novel solution.
Geoff StanleyHome OwnerNorthwood
Princes LHS Director
Princes Solar Energy are part of Princes LHS Ltd, an established electrical contracting company who have been in business since 2004. We are a local firm based in Ellesmere, Shropshire serving all of Shropshire and surrounding counties. Our Director Matt Smith is apprentice trained, time-served engineers themselves so are always at hand to offer advice to both customers and our engineers when required.
Avoid wasting energy which could be used within your home. Our range of energy saving devices are designed to help you better manage your energy usage and make real savings. Whether it’s installing an immersion heater to heat your hot water, or installing LED lights to help improve your overall efficiency, we have a solution to suit.
Solar panels are groups of photovoltaic cells made up of layers of semi-conductive material. When sunlight shines on the panels, photons in the light cause electrons in the panel to move around. The panels then convert the electrons into an electric field creating a current of DC electricity.
So that you can use the energy in your home, a small inverter converts this DC electricity into AC electricity. And any surplus electricity gets exported to the National Grid.
Feed-In Tariffs replaced UK government grants for the domestic renewable energy on 1 April 2010.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) makes Government policy decisions on FITs. And the energy regulator Ofgem administers the scheme. Your energy supplier makes the FITs payments to you.
To qualify for the FITs:
You should make energy efficiency improvements before you apply for the FITs if your property EPC rating is band E, F or G or below. Otherwise, you’ll receive a much lower payment for the length of the tariff (currently 20 years).
FITS eligibility date
The eligibility date is the date when your system becomes eligible for FITs payments. For most renewable electricity systems, it’s the date your FIT supplier (or FIT licensee) receives your valid application for FITs.
You will make your application after we install your system. But we recommend you contact your FIT supplier to confirm their requirements and check what information they need from you as soon as possible.
Benefits of the Feed-in Tariff Scheme
You’ll benefit financially from the FITs in three ways:
Get paid to generate clean power
Your energy supplier will pay you for each unit (kWh) of electricity you generate. Once you’ve registered your system, the rate you receive is guaranteed for the life of the tariff (up to 20 years). Your tariff rate will increase in line with inflation.
Get paid for the electricity you export
You can sell any electricity you generate but don’t use. Your energy supplier will pay you a further sum for each unit (kWh) you export back to the National Grid. At the present time, electricity suppliers estimate the amount of electricity you generate and don’t use at 50% (smart meters will be introduced eventually).
Save money on your electric bills
Generating your own electricity means you don’t have to buy as much electricity to power your home. The amount you save will vary according to how much electricity you use in your home.