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Why should you choose solar energy?

Why should you choose solar energy?

Find out why you should be switching to solar energy in 2022 and discover the potential benefits you can take advantage of

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How do solar panels work in bad weather?

How do solar panels work in bad weather?

We're here to bust the myths around solar panels in bad weather and talk about the best weather conditions for your solar power system.

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What the Energy Price Cap changes mean for you

What the Energy Price Cap changes mean for you

Ofgem has raised the price cap on gas and electricity prices by 54%, so what does that mean for you & how can you keep your energy bills down?

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Customer Story: Colin's Solar Journey in Hampshire

Customer Story: Colin's Solar Journey in Hampshire

We caught up with Colin after installing solar panels at his home in Hampshire in the middle of January 2022, to find out how solar energy had made a difference.

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We're MCS accredited solar panel installers!

We're MCS accredited solar panel installers!

With over 20,000 solar panel system installs, we're a highly experienced solar system provider and our MCS accreditation underlines our commitment to providing the best service for our customers.

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0% VAT on solar panels in the UK: What you need to know

0% VAT on solar panels in the UK: What you need to know

Find out more about this change in the amount of VAT for energy-saving home improvements and what that could mean for you and your energy bills...

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How a home solar energy system works

How a home solar energy system works

Due to the recent increases in electricity bills, homeowners in the UK are now investing in home solar energy systems to save some cash on their bills. But how do solar panels work and how can they help me save money?

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Customer Story: Thelma’s Solar Energy Installation in Chichester

Customer Story: Thelma’s Solar Energy Installation in Chichester

Wondering about solar installation for your home in Chichester? We recently went back and talked to Thelma, one of our Smart Energy customers,  after installing a solar system for her at her home in Chichester.

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Meet The Team: Our Leading Solar Installation Crew In Hampshire

Meet The Team: Our Leading Solar Installation Crew In Hampshire

Smart Energy is the solar provider for you. Find out why we’re the best solar installation team to provide solar energy to your home in Portsmouth, Hampshire and the rest of the UK! 

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Solar panels: are they a good investment? | Smart Energy Solar

Solar panels: are they a good investment? | Smart Energy Solar

Wondering if solar panels are a good investment in 2022? We've rounded up the benefits of solar energy so you can decide for yourself.

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How to calculate how many solar panels you need for a UK home

How to calculate how many solar panels you need for a UK home

Wondering how to find out which solar panels are best for your needs, and how many panels will cover your energy bill? 

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Solar panel systems for the UK: What you need to know

Solar panel systems for the UK: What you need to know

Looking to install a solar panel system in the UK? Find out what you need to know when looking to install solar energy at your home.

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Why is it important to clean home solar panels?

Why is it important to clean home solar panels?

Read Smart Energy's guide to cleaning your solar panels. Find out how to tell if it's time to clean your solar panels, and why you should.

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Energy Price Cap to Rise by £800 a year, per Ofgem

Energy Price Cap to Rise by £800 a year, per Ofgem

A UK household's average energy bill is set to rise by around £800 per year, Ofgem has warned.

The cost of living crisis in the UK is set to worsen as Ofgem chief Jonathan Brearley has revealed that the energy price cap is expected to increase further to £2,800 a year.

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Guide to solar battery storage

Guide to solar battery storage

Looking to add a battery to your solar PV system? Get more out of your solar panels by storing extra renewable energy.

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Can I add extra batteries to a solar system?

Can I add extra batteries to a solar system?

Looking to add one or multiple batteries to a solar system?

Find out about adding extra batteries to an existing solar system.

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Do solar panels work in a power cut UK?

Do solar panels work in a power cut UK?

Do solar panels work in a blackout in the UK? Solar systems are automatically shut off due to safety reasons, but they can be set up using batteries to power your home in a power cut.

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Solar Panel Maintenance: The Complete Guide

Solar Panel Maintenance: The Complete Guide

You might be interested in solar energy but wondering what you need to do to maintain solar panels. Find out how to ensure your panels are working at their best by reading our top solar maintenance tips.

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Cost of solar panels in the UK 2022

Cost of solar panels in the UK 2022

How much do solar panels cost in the UK in 2022?

Find out the average price to install a solar system on the roof, and what factors may affect the cost of installation.

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Can Solar Panels Be Installed On A Flat Roof?

Can Solar Panels Be Installed On A Flat Roof?

Find out all about adding solar panels to a flat roof.

It’s best to put solar panels on tilts on a flat roof to maximise efficiency. While flat roof solar systems are more commonly used on commercial buildings, they can also be installed on residential properties.

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Do you need planning permission for solar panels UK?

Do you need planning permission for solar panels UK?

The installation of solar systems and batteries on residential homes and land may be considered "permitted development," requiring no planning permission from the Local Planning Authority. However, there are important limits and conditions that must be met in order to benefit from these permitted development rights, which you can find out more about in our article.

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Solar Panel Bird Proofing UK

Solar Panel Bird Proofing UK

Wondering whether to add bird proofing mesh to your solar panels?

Find out more about the pros and cons of bird protection in our article.

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How to reduce your energy bills by switching off 'vampire appliances'

How to reduce your energy bills by switching off 'vampire appliances'

Find out how to easily reduce your electricity bill by switching off 'vampire appliances.' Read our top tips to cut your energy consumption by finding hidden high-energy users in your home.

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What Are The Best Types Of Roofs For Solar Panels?

What Are The Best Types Of Roofs For Solar Panels?

You might be wondering if your roof is suitable for solar. Solar systems can be attached to various types of roofs, but some are easier for installers to work with than others.

Find out more about the best roofs for solar in the UK.

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What is a solar panel inverter?

What is a solar panel inverter?

A solar inverter is a component of your solar panel system that converts direct current (DC) electricity generated by the panels into alternating current (AC.) UK homes use AC current, which is why a solar inverter is necessary for every solar PV system.

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How To Improve Your EPC Rating With Solar Panels

How To Improve Your EPC Rating With Solar Panels

EPC stands for ‘Energy Performance Certificate.’ An EPC rating is a measure of a property’s energy performance. The better your rating, the less carbon dioxide your home will emit or take to heat or power.

Solar panels can actually improve your rating by over 2 grades.

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What will I receive after my solar panels are installed?

What will I receive after my solar panels are installed?

What happens after my solar panels are installed?

After your solar PV system is installed, you should receive a copy of all of the important documents that come with your systems, such as your MCS certificate and warranties.

It’s important to keep copies of your warranties in a safe place.

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Solar Story: Lynne’s solar panel installation in Portsmouth

Solar Story: Lynne’s solar panel installation in Portsmouth

Lynne was motivated to buy solar panels because she wanted to save money on her energy bills. Find out how she found the process of installing solar PV and how her bills looked after going solar.

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Solar panel statistics UK 2022: Everything you need to know

Solar panel statistics UK 2022: Everything you need to know

There was a record uptake of solar installation in June of 2022. 79% of new installations were 4kW or under, meaning that most new systems were residential solar systems. The total solar capacity increased in June by 43MW. 

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The 6 biggest solar farms in the UK

The 6 biggest solar farms in the UK

With massive utility-scale solar power plants producing power all over the UK, and indeed, all over the world, we thought this was a great time to take a look at some of the biggest and boldest of these projects.

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What Are The Different Types Of Solar Panels?

What Are The Different Types Of Solar Panels?

There are a few different types of solar arrays. Modern solar panels are made up of two main types of solar cells, with other differences being size, brand, and cost.

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How to improve your EPC rating

How to improve your EPC rating

Our top tips to easily improve your EPC rating. Upgrading your boiler, lightbulbs, and appliances can all help to boost your EPC rating.

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Do solar panels need direct sunlight to generate power?

Do solar panels need direct sunlight to generate power?

Solar panels do not need direct sunlight to produce electricity, as technology advances mean they can absorb sunlight more easily and efficiently from even ambient sunlight.

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Understanding A DNO for Solar Installation

Understanding A DNO for Solar Installation

What is a DNO (District Network Operator) and why are they important when installing solar panels? Find out how to find out which DNO services your area.

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Solar Roof Tiles: Are they worth it?

Solar Roof Tiles: Are they worth it?

What should you know about solar roof tiles? Solar slate tiles can completely blend into your home, but they also have drawbacks.

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Solar Story: Mary-Anne's solar system installation in Brighton

Solar Story: Mary-Anne's solar system installation in Brighton

Mary-Anne had solar panels installed at her home in Brighton. Find out how much her bill was reduced by and how she found the process. 

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How to lower your carbon footprint

How to lower your carbon footprint

Find out the easiest ways to lower your carbon footprint.

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Solar Hot Water Heaters

Solar Hot Water Heaters

How do they work and can they save you money on your hot water bill? Read more about the iBoost and other solar immersion heater alternatives.

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