Solar PV

Just think…with Solar PV panels from Solmatix, you can generate free electricity for your business, farm or home. Our Solar PV panels capture light energy from the sun and convert it to a steady supply of electricity. What’s more, our Solar PV panels don’t require direct sunlight to work. They’re so efficient that they’ll keep on generating electricity even when it’s cloudy and grey.

How Solar PV works

Solar PV panels capture light energy from the sun and convert it into DC electricity. This DC electricity then passes through an inverter to produce AC electricity (the usable kind). The resulting AC supply is used as your primary source of electricity and can be seamlessly supplemented by or fed back onto the grid.

To ensure our customers get the best products and services we can design and install a range of different Solar option for your roof. Whether you want to be energy independent, save on your electricity bills, do your bit for the environment or satisfy building regulations on your new build home we have an option that will work for you.

All our solar options are perfectly compatible and ideal for combining with our other green technology products such as heat pumps and battery storage and we can design your system for grid-tied, off-grid or emergency back-up in the event of grid failure scenarios.

Poly-Crystalline Silicon Panels

Poly-Crystalline silicon solar panels are the standard option for solar panels. They go through a cheaper and simpler manufacturing process than other options which make them the cheapest option for your solar panel installation. Poly-crystalline manufacturers melt many fragments of silicon together to form the wafers for the panel which leads to the speckled blue colour of the panels.

Typical Specifications of a Poly Panel:

  • 16-18% Efficiency.
  • 250W – 300W Power Output.
  • 1.7 m2
  • Cost Effective and Reliable.
  • 25 Year Warranty as Standard.

Mono-Crystalline Silicon Panels

Mono-Crystalline silicon solar panels have the highest efficiency rates since they are made from the highest-grade silicon. Mono-crystalline panels as the name suggests are created from a single continuous crystal structure. A Mono-crystalline panel can be identified from the solar cells which all appear as a single flat black colour. Monocrystalline silicon solar panels are space-efficient, they yield the highest power outputs making them ideal for roofs where space is at a premium.

Typical Specifications of a Mono Panel:

  • 18 – 22% Efficiency.
  • 280W – 360W Power Output.
  • 1.7 m2
  • Aesthetically pleasing, a premium product.
  • 25 Year Warranty as Standard.

In-Roof Solar Systems

In-roof solar systems go on the timber battens of a roof and the roof tiles fit around the system, unlike traditional PV systems which are mounted above the roof tiles. In-roof systems sit lower to the roofline for improved aesthetics and if they are installed on a new build you can save on building materials and installation times helping to reduce overall costs. In-roof systems work with all common tiles, slates, fixings and sarkings. In-roof systems can use either Poly or Monocrystalline panels depending on budget and customer preference.

Solar Tiles

Solar Tiles act as both the roof tile and the solar panel and can be installed with both slate and concrete roof tiles. They are ideal for customers looking for a discreet solar system as the low-profile system blends with the surrounding tiles for a glare-free finish that complements the home’s design. We can design a system tailored to suit our customers and their specific energy requirements, up to 98% of the roof area can be covered, maximising total output potential. They are lightweight adding only 5.8kg/m2 placing less load on the structure compared to other options making them easier to handle, transport and install. Like traditional roof tiles and PV systems, there is minimal maintenance as the smooth tile surfaces just need water to stay clean. They are reliable and go through the same testing processes as traditional roof tiles and PV systems. Simply installed as part of the roof tiling process, reducing the amount spent on materials and labour.  Our Solar Tile option is also planning friendly helping ease planning issues by meeting building regulations and addressing visual impact concerns. Our Solar Tiles are a truly Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) solution with the PV system also acting as a fully functional roof. As renewable energy generation becomes compulsory on all new buildings Solmatix envisages a world where the outside envelope of buildings will be able to generate electricity through Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) solutions on rooftops, façades and glazing to the point that people don’t even notice it’s there.

Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)

As solar power becomes more widespread, new ways of generating electricity from the Sun are being developed. Through innovative new manufacturing processes, photovoltaics can be married and combined with traditional building materials to create completely integrated solar solutions to the point you would not notice they are even there. At Solamatix we can design and install BIPV solutions for your project which can include PV glazing for windows, curtain walls & spandrel, PV skylights, PV canopies and carports, PV floors and PV ventilated  roof and facade structures. If you are interested in BIPV contact us here.