Solar Panels Installation

By adding Solar Panels and Battery Storage to your property, you can reduce your annual energy bills by up to 70%. Solar PV Systems, generate electricity directly from the sun, avoiding the use of fossil fuels, and focusing solely on green energy.

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What is solar electricity?

Solar energy involves the use of the sun’s free energy to provide electricity using solar photovoltaic panels (PV). Solar PV requires only daylight and not direct sunlight to generate electricity. As such, power can be generated even on a cloudy day.

How Solar Panels Work

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Solar panels generate electricity from UV lighting even in snowy conditions.

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An Inverter changes the current from DC to AC, so that it can be domestically used.

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Any surplus AC energy, that is not in demand is stored in your battery system for later use.

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A Consumer Unit Board controls the distribution of solar energy.

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This green energy is then used to power your home when needed.

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Your Import Meter then accredits any unused Energy, to and from the Grid.

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With an Export Tariff, you can earn further savings by selling to the grid. They can store and distribute your surplus energy.

Expert, local installers

All installations are carried out by careful, caring, qualified MCS-accredited engineers.

What is a solar photovoltaic panel?

Solar photovoltaic systems comprise two main components

Solar collectors 

Which collects the sun’s rays so that when light shines on the cell it creates an electric field causing electricity to flow.

Wiring

This includes a converter to convert the direct current electricity from the panel to alternating current so it can be connected to the building’s main electricity distribution board.

Additional information about Solar Panels

Technology Type – There are many types of solar PV panels with different characteristics (crystalline cells, thin-film, hybrid). They consist of one or two layers of semi-conducting material, normally packaged together into panels or other modular forms.

Size – Small scale installations can vary from 0.5m2 to 1m2. They can be connected together to form an array that can cover a few m2 to hundreds of square meters. A typical small-scale array would have an area of 9 to 18m2.

Location – Solar collectors are usually placed on the roof of a building, but can also be wall-mounted or stand-alone (free standing) structures. PV systems can also be found in a roof tile form and can be mounted vertically and horizontally to form part of the building structure.

Performance – For best performance, solar collectors will need to face between southeast and southwest and be of the shade of trees and buildings. East or west installations can also provide good performance and can be used for a building with a roof or wall that faces within 90 degrees of south.

Weight – The roof where the solar collector is to be installed should be strong enough to support the weight and prevent any safety issues from arising.

Maintenance – PV panels are considered to have low maintenance if they are installed correctly.

Grid connection – Electrical grid connection requires approval from the distribution network operator (DNO).

What planning issues should I be aware of when considering installing Solar Panels?

There are economic, social and environmental impacts that should be considered when installing solar PV. Some of these impacts arise during the installation and construction phases, and there are a number of ways in which the design, location, and installation of solar PV can minimise these impacts.

Solar Panels Checklist

The checklist below provides some of these impacts and ways in which you can minimise them.

Solar Panels impact checklist

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Solar Panels Installation

We want to make your solar journey as smooth as possible. We only work with reputable solar panel installers. After you’ve had your solar panels installed you can start to reap the benefits of generating your own renewable electricity.

Accredited Solar Panel Installers

Rest assured we only work with accredited solar panel installers that are committed to quality workmanship of the highest standards.

No hidden fees

When you get a Solar Panel Installation quote from us, that’s the price you’ll pay. There’ll be no hidden surprises.

Installing Solar Panels in a safe environment

Solar power is one of the world’s fastest-growing sources of renewable energy and our team of experts will ensure your solar panels are installed to the highest standard, following rigorous safety, health, and environmental standards.

If you have any further queries about this installation process, one of our team is on hand to help.

We manage the entire Solar Panels Installation so you can sit back and relax.

First contact

After filling out our online contact form, our trusted solar experts will get in touch to book a home visit to help you decide the best solar options for you and give you a personalised quote.

Arranging your installation

If you agree to go ahead with the quote, we will discuss the best payment options for you. We’ll then get in contact to arrange installation and tell you know the next steps (including when the scaffolding will be put up).

Scaffolding and install mounts fitted

Once the scaffolding has been put up, giving our installers safe access to your roof,  the install mounts –  which the solar panels will be attached to – are fitted and attached to the rafters.

Solar Panels, Inverter & Battery installed

When the solar panels have been secured to the frame and wired in, the inverter is installed and connected to the battery (if chosen) and the grid input. The inverter is what transforms energy from the solar panels into electricity your home can use.

Connect the system to the grid

Once your solar panel installation is complete, the whole system is connected to the consumer unit which will sit in your fuse box.  We’ll then ensure all the cabling is neatly fitted with a black or white conduit to suit your home.

Accredited Solar Panel Installers

When your installation is complete we can help you choose the perfect energy supplier like Octopus Energy, guide you through instructions on how to monitor your solar energy consumption throughout your home, and get the best out of your system.

 

How long does a Solar Panels Installation take?

Most installations are completed within a day but some larger jobs will take a little longer.  We can let you know once we know the size of the system you need.

We’ll put your scaffolding up a few days before your solar installation and take it down a few days after and we’ll always make sure we leave your property clean and tidy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my home suitable for solar panel installation?

Whether your roof faces south, east, or west your home is perfect to have solar photovoltaic panels installed. North facing roofs will not receive as much sunlight and therefore won’t be as efficient. The pitch of your roof should be between 10 – 60 degrees,

Do I need to get planning permission to get solar panels installed?

Having solar panels installed in your home is classed as a “permitted development”. You only require planning permission if you live in a listed building or area of outstanding natural beauty.

Can I put up my own scaffolding?

In most circumstances we will insist on putting up our own scaffold, to ensure the safety of you and our solar panel installers, however there are exceptions when scaffold is already in place for renovation works or a new build home is being built, but that scaffold would have to meet with our safety standards.

How long does it take from consultation to install?

Our lead time from consultation to solar panel installation is around 4-6 weeks, unless you need an application to your local network – then it can take a little bit longer.

Do you use your own solar panel installers?

We work closely with one solar installer based in South Wales.

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