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Digital Subscriptions > Build It > June 2017 > The secret to getting the most from solar PV

The secret to getting the most from solar PV

Want to maximise returns from your array? Then it pays to design it in at the outset, says Oliver Farr

Many self builders and renovators want to futureproof their projects, so it’s no surprise that solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are a popular choice. The benefits of this technology are well-established: you’ll enjoy reduced energy costs; a 20-year taxfree income from the government via the Feed-In-Tariff; and a low carbon footprint. But it’s not as simple as just bolting a few panels onto your roof. If you want to maximise the potential of your solar array in the long-term, it’s best to design it in from the start.

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The June edition of Build It magazine is packed full of inspiration and advice for your self build, renovation or extension project - including: • An amazing oak frame self build (page 20) • Total makeover of a 1960s house (page 39) • How to self build on a budget (page 64) • Can solar hot water panels save you money? (page 71) • Design details: exposed beams (page 74) • Guide to designing the perfect barn conversion (page 90) • Assessing a building plot's potential (page 100) … and more!