Claire Cutler, from E.ON’s microgeneration team, explains, “On an average day in the UK, a house fitted with solar panels can generate the same amount of energy as it takes to make 166 cups of tea, cook 39 jacket potatoes in a microwave, or run the vacuum cleaner for nearly three and a half hours This just goes to show that if you’re in Bognor, Sheffield, or Durham then solar power can do a job for you.”
Steven Norman, Renewable Energy Consultant at the Met Office, notes, “The Met Office is the primary source of weather information across the UK and our figures dating back many years show that the UK is a far sunnier place than people might think. For those wanting to find out more about whether solar energy generation would work in their area, we provide a range of services. This includes data sets and maps on solar radiation for your area.”
Consumers have incentive to invest in solar energy. The Government’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) pays consumers for all the electricity generated by the panels for up to 25 years. In addition, E.ON also recently launched its SolarExchange product fitting solar panels to up to 15,000 customer homes for as little as £99.
Claire adds: “We all need to do what we can to get energy fit – by insulating our homes better, moderating how we use energy or generating our own power at home. And, with the longer summer daylight hours, now is the perfect time to make the most of solar energy.”
E.ON is a leading energy supplier in the UK with around five million electricity and gas customers. For more information, visit eonenergy.com/solar.