Save Money

Cut your bills by up to £150

Electricity prices are expected to rise by nearly 40% by 2030. By installing solar panels you will be generating your own energy, which will save you money on your bills and make you less vulnerable to prices increases from the big energy suppliers. *

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The power you generate from solar panels can be used to run appliances and lighting your home, saving up to £150 a year on your electricity bill. Using your appliances in the daytime while you are generating your own power will help maximise savings.

A solar smartphone app can also help you track how much electricity your system is creating, and how much power your appliances are using in real-time, helping you take control of your energy use and make further cost savings.

* Figures are based on an average 4kW solar PV system in the south of England. Amounts may vary depending on location.

Make Money

Get paid for the energy you generate

The UK government's Feed-in Tariff scheme pays you for the electricity you make, even if you use it. And if you have any left over, you can sell it back to the national grid. The amount of money you can make depends on your FIT rate and the size of your system.

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Energy suppliers will pay you a set rate for every unit of electricity you make, a tariff that is guaranteed for 20 years and rises with inflation.

Your power supplier will then pay you a further rate for each unit you export back to them, so you can sell the electricity you generate but don't use yourself. The current FIT rate could provide an income of up to £650 a year. This rate is set to change in January 2016, so please bear that in mind when you are planning your project.

Save the Planet

Lower your carbon footprint

Sunlight is a free, renewable energy source that doesn't release any harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants into the atmosphere. By installing solar panels you can join others in making a significant impact towards protecting the environment by lowering your carbon footprint.

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Did you know your neighbour is twice as likely to install solar panels if you do? People around the UK are embracing the idea of becoming independent suppliers of their own energy, and being less reliant on the big energy suppliers.

Renewables now account for 7 per cent of the electricity created in the UK, which is expected to rise to 30 per cent in 2020. A typical home solar PV system could save over tonne of carbon dioxide a year. The more people who harness solar power, the lower our collective carbon footprint will be.

About us

Make Solar Sense is a brand-new free magazine for people who are thinking about installing solar PV panels. Inside you'll find out whether solar is right for you, get impartial, expert advice on how to plan your project and find a trusted installer and read inspiring stories about people across the UK who are enjoying the benefits of solar power.

In a joint venture, the British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) and Haymarket Media Group, has launched the first ever consumer-focused solar magazine, Make Solar Sense. The magazine, associated website and national campaign will promote the benefits of installing solar PV panels on homes, businesses and schools across the UK.

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About the BPVA

The British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) is the national trade association for the UK solar photovoltaic industry. The BPVA is a strong political and commercial organisation and has become the solar industry's favourite platform since its formation in 2010. As the leading, most influential and trusted voice of the industry, the BPVA has made a significant contribution to the growth of the solar industry in the past few years. The BPVA is a fully independent not-for-profit organisation and the only trade association in the UK with a 100% focus on solar PV.

About Haymarket Media Group

Haymarket is the UK's largest privately owned media and information company with over 70 industry leading brands, including Windpower Monthly, Planning and ENDs Europe in the renewable energy sector. Haymarket has delivered editorial client campaigns for the 2012 Olympics, Berkeley Homes, Jaguar, FIFA, Sports Direct and many more.

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