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Sun Powered Living

How Solar Panels Work

Solar panels are made with photovoltaic (PV) cells that convert the sun’s abundant energy into usable electricity. The panels contain the PV cells and layers of semi-conducting materials such as silicon. When the sun hits the panels, it creates an electric field. This is called the photoelectric effect, which produces the current we can use to power homes and businesses.

Solar panels generate direct current (DC) electricity. An inverter converts it into an alternating current (AC), which powers appliances, lights, and other devices.

Our Most Popular Solar Panels

Introducing our most popular solar panels! We have the following options available among others. Contact us for advice on the best panels to suit your energy needs and budget.

Suntech Solar Panels
Ultra V module 1

4 kW Solar PV System


Zero % VAT

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5 kW Solar PV System


Zero % VAT

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Ultra V module 1

6 kW Solar PV System


Zero % VAT

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6 kW Microinverter Solar PV System


Zero % VAT

These panels will provide you with free clean solar energy. If you need more information on specifications, our team is here to answer any questions you have.

Why Go Solar?

Financial Benefits

Solar panels have a long lifespan, lasting for decades, and probably cost less that you think. One of the main reasons people choose to switch to solar power is for the potential for significant savings on energy bills*.


More Independence

Relying on the sun’s abundant energy, means you are less susceptible to fluctuations in electricity prices or power cuts. You’ll gain peace of mind knowing you have a reliable power source.


A Greener Future

Solar power is a clean and renewable energy source. Generating your own electricity lowers your carbon footprint and the need to use fossil fuels to power your home.

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Choosing The Best Solar Panels

As a top Solar Panel Installer in the Southeast, Tarven Solar Energy offers a wide selection of solar panels, battery storage and inverters. We can advise you on the best home solar panels depending on your available space and the orientation of your roof. So, get in touch today, and one of our experts will visit you when it best suits you to discuss your options.

Suntech Solar Panels

Suntech was founded in 2001 and is now one of the most popular photovoltaic manufacturers globally. The company has departments and offices spread over one hundred countries worldwide and is committed to promoting a cleaner, brighter future with solar power.

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Jinko Solar is an innovative solar technology company that focuses on the research and development of integrated photovoltaic products and clean energy solutions. Jinko Solar is one of the early adopters of the RE100 green initiative, demonstrating its commitment to sustainable energy.

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Established in 1997, Trina Solar Co is a leading company dedicated to the research, development, production, and sales of PV modules, power stations, and system products. Trina Solar’s SKL has achieved twenty-five world records in PV cell conversion efficiency and module output power.

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Eurener, founded in 1997 and based in Valencia, Spain, is well known for high-quality certified PV modules and outstanding service. The company aims to achieve a 100% sustainable planet by supplying renewable energy with long-lasting, affordable photovoltaic products.

Add Battery Storage

Adding battery storage allows you to store excess energy generated in the day to use at night or when the panels don’t produce much electricity, which can help keep electricity bills low. We offer complete solar PV packages so none of the energy you produce is wasted. Battery storage also gives you a reliable backup during grid outages. When the grid goes down, your battery system will automatically kick in, so your home’s essential appliances and lights continue to function.

Solar Power FAQs

Although the UK has a reputation for dismal weather, solar panels can generate a significant amount of electricity. The UK gets enough sunlight to make solar panels a feasible option. Furthermore, solar technology has advanced dramatically, and panels are more efficient and can capture even weak sunlight.

There’s also the consideration that installing solar panels may increase the value of your property and make it more attractive to environmentally conscious buyers, if you ever want to sell. Energy-efficient homes are increasingly sought after in the UK housing market.

Almost all solar panels have a manufacturer’s guarantee that ensures their performance for 25 years. This guarantee indicates the panel’s anticipated lifespan. However, it’s interesting to note that solar panels can continue to generate electricity well beyond the guaranteed 25 years, with some still producing energy after 40 years.

Regular maintenance will ensure your solar panels’ long-term performance and efficiency. While solar panels are low maintenance, a few simple steps will maximize their output.

We advise visually inspecting your solar panels once or twice a year to look for signs of damage, such as cracks, loose connections, or nesting creatures. It’s also important to see if nearby trees have grown and are shading the panels. Branches that cast shadows on the panels should be removed.

Cleaning solar panels occasionally helps you get optimal performance. Dirt, dust, leaves, and other debris may gather on the surface of the panels, meaning less output. Cleaning involves using a soft brush or sponge or hosing them down without a low-pressure cleaner. Consider using our professional cleaning and solar panel maintenance service if your solar panels are very high up or in a hard-to-reach location.

You can usually install solar panels in the UK without planning permission. Most residential properties fall under permitted development rights, which allow specific home improvements without planning permission.

However, the solar panels should not be installed on a listed building or within a conservation area without prior consent from your local authority.

While planning permission is often not required for solar panel installations, it’s always best to seek professional advice before proceeding. Our solar installers have experience working within planning regulations and can provide guidance specific to your location and circumstances.

The orientation and angle of a roof affect solar panel efficiency. South-facing roofs typically receive the most sunlight throughout the day, making them the ideal direction for solar panels. However, east and west-facing roofs can also be suitable, albeit with slightly reduced energy production. North-facing roofs get the least amount of sunlight and will produce less energy. The ideal pitch of a roof is between 30 and 45 degrees for optimum performance.

Shade will affect the output of solar panels. Even partial shading can lower their productivity. During our free no-obligation survey, we check for potential shading issues, such as trees, buildings, or chimneys.

Before installing solar panels, we make sure the roof is structurally sound. Solar panels have a long lifespan, typically lasting 25 years or more, so it’s important that the roof can support their weight for decades to come. If your roof is due for repairs shortly, addressing those issues before installing solar panels is advisable.