How does solar work with your electric bill UK?

Article posted

14th Mar 2024

Read time

5-9 min read


Mollie Pinnington

Reduce your energy consumption with a carbon management plant today

Get a free quote today

Solar panels are a great way for businesses in the UK to reduce their environmental impact and save money on electricity bills. But businesses want to know exactly how do they affect your bottom line?


How do solar Panels work on a building?

Solar panels generate electricity during daylight hours. This free, clean energy can then be used to power your business, reducing your reliance on the National Grid. The less electricity you pull from the grid, the lower your overall electricity bill will be.

Before we start explaining how solar will impact your business electricity bills I’ll explain exactly what solar power is. The sun generates solar power. Infrastructure has harnessed this power over years to create electricity for homes and businesses to use. This is a cost-effective way to power your business.


Average monthly electric bill with solar panels UK

The average monthly savings your business can make with solar panels depends on many factors such as:

  • The size of the PV system
  • How much electricity is consumed


How does solar work alongside electricity?

To avoid blackouts when using solar power you will still need to use electricity from the grid sometimes. The energy you generate from solar panels and the grid will both power your business.

During the day, sunlight hits the panels, converting it into DC electricity for your building. Any extra energy your panels produce gets sent back to the grid through a meter. At night, or on cloudy days when solar production dips, you simply switch back to drawing power from the grid. This way, you can enjoy the benefits of clean solar energy while having the security of a reliable electricity source to fill in the gaps.


Connecting to the national grid

Before you’re solar panel installation begins on your building, we will have to inform your Distribution Network Operator (DNO). This is usually done 2 weeks before the installation begins. This is necessary so the DNO knows about any energy going into the grid.


Will this affect your bills?

It's difficult to pinpoint an exact percentage reduction in business energy bills with solar panels as it depends on several factors. These include a business's current energy usage, the size and efficiency of the solar panel system installed, and local sunlight hours. However, studies suggest significant savings are achievable.

Businesses can expect reductions ranging from 30% to 65% on their electricity bills. This translates to substantial cost savings, with some businesses reporting tens of thousands of pounds saved annually. The long-term benefit of solar becomes even more attractive when considering the protection it offers against rising grid electricity costs. By generating their own clean energy, businesses become less reliant on the grid and can shield themselves from future price hikes.


What will your electricity bills look like?

While your bill won't typically show a line item for solar energy used, you'll see the difference in the total amount of electricity charged. There won't be a separate breakdown for how much came from the grid and how much from your solar panels.


Businesses with solar panels

Motogear Marketing

We worked with Motogear marketing to install a solar PV system to combat their reliance on the grid. The company were also concerned about the effects of fossil fuels on the planet and wanted to reduce their carbon footprint. After consulting with the business, we decided that a 62.05 kWp solar PV system on the roof of the building was best.

By installing the 62.05 kWp system, the company will produce 49,231 kWh of clean energy. This will equate to £16,736 in savings for the first year and an overall 45% of the annual electricity bill going forward.


Halbro Sportswear

Halbro Sportswear is another company that we helped with solar. The companies main goals was to start saving money on their energy bills. After looking at their roof area we suggested a system size of 76.78 kWp would be best.

With the help of solar PV, the client should see their annual electricity consumption drop by over 30%, saving them £8,766 in the first year. This will help them to become more self-sufficient by saving them 13,873 kg of CO2 and producing 65,335 kWh of clean electricity. This will protect against any future national grid price rises.


Track your solar production

Most solar companies will have technology that allows you to track your solar production. This will allow you to be able to see how much energy your business is generating and how much you are saving by not using 100% energy from the grid.

When make the switch to solar through us we make sure we only partner with the top UK solar companies. Therefore you will get the best quality equipment and tracking technology. Get in touch if you would like to find out more.


Switch to a solar powered business today!

If your business is ready to make the switch over to solar, why not see how much you could save with our solar calculator? By giving us some details about your building we can offer you a personalised solar quote within minutes.

If you're ready to improve your energy efficiency whilst driving down energy bills then why not get in touch? With our carbon management plans we will give your business everything it needs to reduce consumption and maximise on savings. . Request a free quote now and start reducing your carbon footprint and energy bills today.