Heat pumps are an excellent, low carbon method of heating your home, but they run on electricity.
So with PV solar panels able to produce abundant, renewable energy from sunlight, the combination is ideal for those who wish to reduce their carbon footprint while saving money at the same time.
Solar panels work by producing electricity from using the limitless energy of the sun. The sun’s rays shoot out photons which interact with semiconductor materials such as silicon inside solar cells in a PV panel.
These photons knock electrons free inside solar cells, creating electrons on one side of the p-n junction and holes on the other.
These positive electrons and holes are free to move around, and DC electricity is created, ultimately being transformed into AC electricity in a solar inverter.
Perhaps surprisingly, solar panels are well suited to Ireland as the country gets up to 1,600 hours per year – with the sunny southeast getting the most sunshine.