Our Solar Britain has launched a new solar savings calculator, designed to simplify the process for working out the potential financial gain from installing PV panels. Estimating that the average UK homeowner could save over £1,200 a year, the calculator combines estimated savings on energy bills with financial gains from Government’s feed-in tariff (FiT) to give users an idea of the money they can make through adopting renewable energy over 25 years.

By using a three-step method, Our Solar Britain calculator users are able to find out just how much solar energy they can generate where they live. By selecting their house type and location, users are then able to get a more accurate estimate of the financial reasons to adopt solar.

Kamil Shah of Wagner Solar UK Ltd, one of the backers of the Our Solar Britain project commented: “The Our Solar Britain Solar Calculator demonstrates in seconds just how compelling the argument to install solar is for homeowners in the UK. Britain is well behind many European nations in adopting solar technology, but given both the financial and the ethical incentives the UK is destined to catch up.”

“We felt there was just not enough easily accessible information around for those considering solar and other renewable technologies – and Our Solar Britain is a direct response to this. You don’t need any technical knowledge now to understand what solar can do for you.”

David Tompkins, Director at David Tompkins Estate Agents also commented on how homeowners that install solar panels on their roofs also stand to benefit from a boost to the value of the property. “The efficiency of your home is already assessed during the sale process, and in the future your efficiency score will significantly add to the attractiveness of your home to buyers. A home that offers owners savings on energy bills – which continue to rise dramatically – and even provide an extra revenue stream for the buyers has very obvious attractions, but added to that you also avoid any future green taxes designed to reduce the country’s CO2 emissions,” he explained.

The oursolarbritain.co.uk campaign is supported by leading organisations across the UK solar industry spectrum including ET Solar, Sanyo, SMA Solar Technology and Wagner Solar. Our Solar Britain develops resources and inspires action from UK communities to help them get the most from solar.