solar photovoltaics

How do solar panels (PV) cells work?

Solar panel electricity systems, also known as solar photovoltaics (PV), capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don’t need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run appliances and lighting.


PV cells are made from layers of semi-conducting material, usually silicon. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric field across the layers. The stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced. Groups of cells are mounted together in panels or modules that can either be mounted on your roof or on the ground.


The power of a PV cell is measured in kilowatts peak (kWp). That’s the rate at which it generates energy at peak performance in full direct sunlight during the summer. PV cells come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most PV systems are made up of panels that fit on top of an existing roof, but you can also fit solar tiles.

Benefits of solar electricity
  • Cut your electricity bills
  • Get paid for the electricity you generate from The UK governments feed in tariff scheme
  • Sell electricity back to the grid
  • Cut your carbon footprint
Commercial PV

Understanding Solar Photovoltaic for your business

A Solar PV System on commercial buildings are a very effective way ,of reducing your electricity costs whilst benefiting from an income from the Feed in Tariff

As energy costs continue to rise, with above inflation prices it’s more important than ever that commercial business evaluate ways to reduce their overheads.

If you have a Farm, factory, office or shop then we can provide effective business cost reduction strategies as well as harness the free Electricity generated by a Solar PV System.

Thanks to the Feed-in-Tariff scheme from the Government, companies could generating additional income, as well as making savings on their current electricity bills.


Here at Smokeless Energy we have designed and installed commercial Solar Pv systems, on Agricultural premises, commercial units and landlords properties in the South West.

PV Domestic

Smokeless Energy can carry out a free solar PV survey at your home. We will then provide the customer with a an accurate quotation, system design and expected performance and generation figures.


The Benefits of having solar panels are;

– 10 – 14% return on investment

– Earn up to £1000.00 per year

– Fit payment guaranteed for 20 years

– Income is RPI linked and tax free

– Average system payback is between 6-8yrs

– Produce and use free electricity

– Payment for each KW produced

– Generates power on diffused light


Smokeless Energy have installed bespoke Solar Pv systems in domestic premises all over the South west on new build and retrofit properties with slate, tile and plain tile roofs.


We are accredited for Mcs (Microgeneration certification scheme) through NAPIT. All installations are accompanied by the relevant documentation, which includes;

  • Electrical Installation Certificate
  • Mcs certificate
  • Operation and maintenance information
  • Warranty information
  • Ecosure Insurances
  • Electrical Schematic
  • Emergency shut down procedure information

Are you looking to reduce your household utility bills?

Then get in touch with us today… we can help!

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