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Limassol Solar Energy Solutions
Cyprus is a fantastic environment to harness solar energy: thanks to its geographic location, we enjoy one of the warmest climates and warmest winters in the Mediterranean part of Europe. The island is blessed with over 300 days of sunshine per year, making photovoltaic systems the obvious choice for clean, green, and cheap energy. We promote the use of power created from the sun in Limassol, nationwide, and globally.
What is solar energy, and how does it work?
In simple terms, it is energy harnessed from the sun, which is then used to generate electricity. As a renewable energy source, and with panels (cells) becoming increasingly cheaper in production and retail, this planet-friendly energy has proved itself as a beneficial and efficient solution for homes and businesses alike.
Solar panels can be placed on a roof or in a large open space, where they are fully exposed to the maximum amount of sunlight. They can be placed on any type of building deemed structurally suitable by our technicians and are not limited to residential and commercial building types.
Types of Photovoltaic Systems & Services
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There are more than 16,546 households in Cyprus with photovoltaics installed!
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The Pros and Cons of Solar Energy
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The return on investment of PV systems varies, but generally speaking, for a medium-sized net metering set-up it is from around 1.5 years to 5 years. This depends on how subsidised the initial financial outlay is.
The reduction of electricity bills, or indeed the absence of them entirely, has proven to be financially advantageous in the mid to long term.
Renewable energy source
Sunlight is the most abundant natural energy resource on planet Earth, making photovoltaics a highly sustainable method of electricity production with low environmental impact.
To put it in perspective, if we could harness the sun’s energy that hit the Earth during just 1 hour, this would meet all of humanity’s power needs for 1 entire year.
Initial installation cost
Whilst the price of solar power systems in Limassol has drastically reduced over the years, the initial cost can still be considered as a substantial amount of money for some.
Luckily, you might be entitled to subsidies or grants, though the availability and amounts vary year on year.
A PV cell functions by converting sunlight into energy, so if there is no sunlight, for example at night time or if it is cloudy, this can hinder or even prevent the solar cell from generating any power.
Storing energy from previous sunny days to use during these unproductive periods can be expensive. Fortunately, solar energy storage solutions are being innovated on constantly.
Whilst many installations conveniently cover the roof of buildings, photovoltaic solar farms or large-scale projects can be spatially significant, covering large areas of land. It should be noted, however, that the area required by PV is less than that of traditional fossil fuel cycles and does not involve any disturbance of the ground, fuel transport, or water contamination.
With tax incentives and efficient coordination with energy companies, governments have been keen to promote solar energy. The general opinion of consumers, environmentalists, scientists, and economists has supported this, and insists that we must move away from fossil fuels to a more sustainable and clean energy source.
How long do PV systems last?
The average lifespan of photovoltaic cells is 25 years if they are maintained to an acceptable degree, whereas the inverter will need replacement after 10 to 15 years.
A battery bank will tend to need replacement after 5 to 15 years but this depends on how much it has been used and how it was taken care of during its lifespan.
What kind of maintenance does my PV equipment need?
Solar panels generally require very little maintenance in order to function. However, it is required periodically and can usually be undertaken by general cleaning companies if it is not possible to do yourself. That being said, the level and type of maintenance required depends on the particular installation, and you should be fully advised of what this entails by the time of installation.
Generally speaking, a light cleaning to ensure dirt and debris is not obstructing the sun rays is sufficient, though for larger installations a more professional and regular inspection is encouraged, to ensure your equipment keeps operating safely, correctly, and efficiently.
How much does a photovoltaic system cost?
Market prices of PV modules have decreased by about 90% and system prices 80% during the past decade, making it the preferred energy choice in financial, economical, and humanitarian terms.
In Cyprus, the payback period, or PBP (time needed for the equipment to pay for itself) for photovoltaic systems is between 1.5 to 3.5 years. Clearly, the benefits to the end consumer far outweigh the inconvenience of the initial cost.
Depending on the kWp, a mid-sized system would currently cost around €4300 – €5300, although there are subsidies from the Cyprus government to encourage consumer uptake. You can find more information on this below, as well as by getting in touch with us by phone or completing the contact form at the top right of the page.
Cyprus Government Subsidy Schemes
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