Do solar panels work in cloudy weather?
10th June 2015
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Even with the UK's unpredictable and often dull weather, you could produce electricity through solar panels with Connect Electric (Bury) Limited.

If you have considered solar panels, you might presume that with the weather often dull (and in Manchester - rainy), solar panels won't work.

This is where you're wrong; solar panels run on light, not heat, and work without issue in dull weather, including through the winter months. Although they aren't as efficient as they would be in summer months, they still generate electricity, and are a fantastic way of not just saving money on your bills but making an extra income.

Those who have solar panels could receive payment from their energy supplier for the electricity generated, including the amount they use. A set fee will be paid per each Kilowatt hour (kWh) that you produce, which is called a generation tariff.

If that wasn’t enough, energy suppliers also buy electricity that you haven’t used (essentially, buying it back); this is called an export tariff. The rate currently stands at £4.77 per unit of electricity. There are a number of requirements to receive payment for this and the generation tariff, including using a certified installer such as Connect Electric.

How do solar panels work?

Solar panels are made up from two lines of silicone.  An electrical DC charge is created when the panels are exposed to sunlight. This is then converted to AC using an inverter and supplied to your system.  And, in the rare case that you need to use more electricity than what you’re producing, you could still use electricity from the grid. It really is that easy.


If you would like to save money on your energy bills, help the environment and even receive an extra income – whilst in rainy Manchester – simply contact Connect Electric (Bury) Limited about the installation of solar panels.

With over 12 years in the electrical contracting industry, Connect Electric (Bury) Limited are experienced electricians with the expertise to install solar panels in Bury and surrounding areas. For more information on this local business, click here

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