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Whilst you can install solar panels on your existing roof at any time, if you’re building a new home or refurbishing your existing roof, we can ensure the solar panels installed are flush and in-line with the roofing tiles. It makes your solar panels look like they’re part of the roof itself.

We work with all the major technology providers of solar panel technology. We’ll base your technology needs on how much electricity you consume and what we think you can generate. As we’re independent of any technology provider, we provide a range of unbiased quotes and technologies for you, based on your actual needs.

Solar panels can be placed anywhere that is free from shading and south-facing. Typically, homeowners place solar panels on their roof, but they can also be placed on flat-roof garages, extensions and on open land too.

The length of the warranty differs by technology and system. Solar panels are generally guaranteed for 25 years on performance. Some systems, such as those provided by Sunpower are guaranteed for 25 years, included product, technical issues and performance.

There are 4 main factors that will impact the efficiency of your solar panels. When running our analysis, we’ll look at how much sunlight your property receives, the direction your property faces, the shading around your property and the angle of your roof. The amount of sunlight, the angle of your panels and the direction your panels face ultimately determine how much electricity you’ll be able to generate.

The electricity you generate and store in your battery storage system replaces the electricity you take from the grid. The electricity can be used in the same way as a normal, non-solar home does, but your meter will not go up. Whether you’re charging an electric car, using your dishwasher or watching television, you’ll be using the electricity you have generated for free, emission free.

Prices range depending on the system size in kWh, the number of panels you install, whether you include a battery storage system and the type of technology you install. The cost of solar panels starts from £1,000 for a 1kWh system to upwards of £10,000 for an 8kwH system. To find out more, read our solar panel pricing guide.

The government provide the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to help you along the way to live a greener life. SEG allows you to sell any surplus electricity you generate. The RHI provides cash grants to properties with a minimum energy efficiency rating through a domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Find out more about the government schemes available for energy saving devices.

Solar panels generally have a lifespan of 25 years, depending on the technology and system chosen.

The only maintenance we recommend is to simply wipe your solar panels clean once per year to ensure they are as efficient as possible.

There are cheaper solar panel systems on the market, but this can reduce the lifespan of your system and reduce the efficiency of the electricity generated, which means your savings in the long-term will be reduced. More expensive systems live longer and are more efficient technologies in the conversion process of generating electricity.

Once you confirm you wish to go ahead with a solar panel installation, generally you’ll need to pay a small deposit of between £100 – £400, depending on your system size and cost.

It’s easy to upgrade or retrofit your solar panel system with a battery storage system or a new inverter. You won’t usually need to replace your panels, but we can find the exact same size panels if needed!

You must be the freehold owner of the property. If your property resides in a conservation area, then you’ll also need planning permission. However, if the property is a listed building, you will not be allowed to install solar panels on the property. Other than that, 99.99% of properties are eligible to install solar panels.

No planning permission from your local council or neighbours is necessary to install solar panels, unless you live in a conservation area.

No planning permission from your local council or neighbours is necessary to install solar panels, unless you live in a conservation area.

Whilst we work independently of any solar panel installers partners, the installers we recommend are fully accredited with MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) and extensively vetted by our energy assessment team.

The typical installation will usually take 2 days. For more information, read out Installation Guide

kWh stands for kilowatt hours. It’s used as a measure of energy usage. It’s a measurement that equals the amount of energy needed to power an appliance at 1,000 watts for one hour. For example, a kettle uses about 0.11 kWh when boiling a litre of water.

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