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Renewables: Solar Photovoltaic Electricity

Solar panels generate electricity by capturing the sun's energy via silicon-based photovoltaic cells. They work best on a sunny day but still generate electricity even when the weather isn't great. Solar panels need very little maintenance, reduce your fuel bills and your impact on the environment, so are a very popular investment for many UK households.

Our installers can offer a competitively priced range of solar products from ground mounted, to roof mounted, to beautiful roof-integrated solar tiles.

You’d likely save £70 per year on your bills, and around 1.3 to 1.6 tonnes per year of carbon dioxide emissions (depending where you are within the UK).

How can I earn money through the Smart Export Guarantee?

If you are eligible to receive Smart Export Guarantee payments, you will benefit in two ways:

  • Export tariff: your energy supplier will pay you a rate for each unit you export back to the electricity grid, so you can sell any electricity you generate but don't use yourself. To see the latest SEG tariffs, please visit the Solar Trade Association Website
  • Energy bill savings: you will be making savings on your electricity bills because generating electricity to power your appliances means you don’t have to buy as much electricity from your energy supplier. The amount you save will vary depending how much of the electricity you use on site.
  • Eligible technologies: solar PV, wind power, anaerobic digestion, hydro technologies up to 5MW and mcCHP with an electrical capacity of 50kW or less. 
  • Meters: Smart meters will be required to measure what you export.

Battery Storage

It is now possible to buy batteries to store the energy your panels generate so that you can then use it at night. These are a great way of maximising the potential for your panels.

More information on battery storage

Further information and resources

The below information has been made available by the Energy Saving Trust, and can help you to decide whether solar panels are right for you:

Solar PV - Choosing a Site and Getting Planning Permission

Solar PV - Solar Inverters

Solar PV - Connection to the Grid

Solar PV - Getting the Most out of Your Solar PV

Solar Energy Calculator - Calculate how much you could generate, earn and save using this tool.

For more information contact Action Surrey on 0800 783 2503 or email

Alternatively, fill out our enquiry form online to obtain a survey and no-obligation quote.

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*All figures are taken from the Energy Saving Trust April 2019 figures