Photovoltaic panels convert sunlight into electricity with an efficiency which has been as low as 10%, but new technology is improving this: this option can be considered where the use of electricity matches periods of sunshine or where electricity is required some distance from a publicly available supply.
There is a risk that the payback period may be longer than the life of photovoltaic panels.
The government provided generous subsidies for the use of PV panels when Feed-In Tariffs started in 2010. The rates have been greatly reduced, but are still an incentive to install PV panels.
We prefer to work in conjunction with architects and M&E consultants from the earliest stage to ensure that there is a clear understanding of how we can help to deliver a sustainable building with a high carbon offset.
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