Commercial Solar PV

Saving Money with Solar Panels

Are you looking to reduce your energy bills and make a sound investment for the future? If so, solar panels  could be right for you.
By installing solar panels you can instantly cut your energy bills by using the energy created for free. In addition, by selling back the excess energy that you create to the national grid, your roof can actually earn money for you.

Solar pics snippedSolar panel electricity systems also known as solar photovoltaic (PV) capture the suns energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don’t need direct sunlight to work they can still generate electricity on a cloudy day. This electricity can then be used to run household appliances and lighting.


The benefits of solar PV panels are:

  • Cut your electricity bills: sunlight is free, so once you’ve paid for the initial installation your electricity costs will be reduced.
  • Get paid for the electricity you generate: the government’s Feed-In Tariffs pay you for the electricity you generate, even if you use it.
  • Sell electricity back to the grid: if your system is producing more electricity than you need, or when you can’t use it, you can sell the surplus back to the grid. Read more about Feed-In Tariffs and selling electricity.
  • Cut your carbon footprint: solar electricity is green, renewable energy that doesn’t release any harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) or other pollutants. A typical home solar PV system could save over a tonne of CO2 per year – that’s more than 30 tonnes over its lifetime.

If your system is eligible for the Feed-In Tariff scheme it could generate an yearly income  you will get paid for both the electricity you generate and use, and what you don’t use and export to the grid.

Solar PV Glass

Solar PV Glass is at the forefront of cutting edge solar techology. This revolutionary transparent photovoltaic glazing is specifically designed for integration into building structures. The solar glass substitutes conventional construction materials offering multiple benefits at a marginal additional cost.

Polysolar greenhouseThe thin-film transparent PV glazing uniquely works on both sides, at high voltage, in low light conditions and high temperatures delivering significantly superior energy yeilds over conventional PV Panels. Another advantage of solar glass is that they are connected in parallel unlike conventional PV panels which are connected in a series. This means that the solar glass is unaffected by shading – if one panel is shaded from the sun, the other panels continue to work, unlike in the more traditional systems where slight shading can affect the energy generation from all panels. By allowing natural light through to the forecourt area the glass can significantly reduce the amount of lighting energy required during the day.


Barclay Electrical is pleased to be awarded the contract for the World First Solar Glass Canopy.Polysolar Integrated Solar Roof - Sainsburies Canopies

Sainburys are leading the way in this Green Revolution by installing the ‘Green Station’ concept in their petrol forecourts. This concept will enable the generation of 260MWh of electricity over the 20 year lifetime of the project. The installation will only take 5 years to payback.



For more information onCommercial Solar PV please contact Barclay Electrical on 01423 701 273.

Please watch this short film on how Solar Cells are made.