SOLAR PANEL INSTALLERS
It’s safe to say that everyone in the UK knows about solar but the majority probably have no idea about the actual installation. Solar has the potential to change your lifestyle and for that reason, many people think that the installation will be a big, expensive process which is only available for houses with large roofs. But this isn’t the case. Here’s a little bit more information on the solar installation process, if your house is eligible and why to pick a trusted installer.
How long does it take to install solar?
Most likely scaffolding will be needed to install solar on your roof. Many solar installers will include the cost for scaffolding in their overall price – but check to make sure. Once the scaffolding is all up and ready, solar panels can be installed on your roof in less than a day and will be ready to use that day. So, it isn’t a time consuming process.
How are they installed?
Roof anchors will be screwed to the rafters. This will often vary depending on what tiles are on the roof. Aluminium bars are then locked into these anchors and screwed securely into place. It’s these bars that make up the frame for your solar. All the bars will be neat and parallel to ensure that your system looks great on your roof.
Once the frame is in place, the next step is to clamp the panels on to it. The installers will constantly check that the panels look straight to ensure that it looks correct from all angles.
Then, the panels are wired on the roof. This again differs on what type of system you will have, if there’s shading and the position of the panels but it is a straightforward process that all qualified, experienced solar installers will be able to do easily.
The panels are then wired to the inverter, usually this DC wiring is routed in the loft and the installer will always make sure to make it as discrete as possible. Once complete, your system will be commissioned and you will receive an MCS certificate and you’re ready to go.
Why you should choose a trusted installer
It’s very tempting to try and save a few pounds and ask a low-rated, cheap installer to fit your solar for you but this has the possibility to be a big mistake, a mistake which costs you more money in the long run. Because of the popularity of solar in recent years, there’s been a surge in companies who are trying to earn a quick bit of cash. These companies will have limited experience and knowledge, and there’s a big chance their business will dissolve, leaving you with no warranty or company to fall back on if anything goes wrong.
Look for a company that has hundreds, if not thousands, of installations under their belt. And when looking around, check out their online presence such as their ratings and reviews. Ring them up and bombard them with questions about your installation, and their other installations.
Also make sure that your solar installer isn’t using second hand panels – you won’t be able to receive the Feed-In-Tariff, always be cautious of why some installers are so cheap and always make sure you’re getting new, quality items.
How long do solar panels last?
You’re in it for the long run with solar panels, the new systems can last around 40 years and, if you’ve chosen a trusted installer, their warranties last for 20 years. Solar panels themselves have no moving parts meaning they are extremely low maintenance. Remember those solar calculators that you may have owned or still own? They literally lasted forever, and although a calculator can’t be compared to a solar system, it could be a good indication that you won’t have any issues.
Is my home fit for solar?
Most likely yes. The perfect house for solar would be a south facing, angled roof with enough space for a 4kw system but even roofs that are the opposite of this, still get amazing results. It doesn’t matter if you have a small, north facing roof with lots of shade, your house will still benefit from solar especially with extra technology to help you around any “issues”.
You will have to make sure that you have an EPC rating of a D or above to be able to claim the full tariff. You can improve your EPC rating by insulating your loft, getting energy saving light bulbs and changing your boiler.
Solar energy is produced by the sun which emits a high amount of energy to the earth. If all of this solar energy could be harnessed, the solar radiation which reaches the globe every half an hour would amount to enough to fulfill worldwide energy requirements for a whole year – the start of a brighter tomorrow.
The team at FI Tariffs can supply three types of solar panel technology:
- A flat plate collector system which turns heat radiated by the sun into hot water, liquid runs through the solar panels will be warmed by the sunlight, and this liquid will then pass through a coil in the water tank, which then heats the water stored in the tank.The benefits of using flat plate collector systems are they lower CO2 emissions on an average domestic system by up to 400kg per year, the systems are easy to install and maintain and they save money on heating hot water whilst reducing your carbon emissions.
- Evacuated tube collector systems are most commonly
used for domestic purposes but they can also be used for commercial buildings too. These systems work best when they are placed on a south-facing wall that receives direct sunlight for most of the day, they are the most expensive systems to install but are the most efficient – these panels capture the sun from many angles due to their round surface.Benefits of evacuated tube collector systems is that they capture light at many more angles than standard flat panels and still function at their full efficiency when the sun is low in the sky, they cut CO2 emissions, can be easily integrated with other heating systems, reduce the cost of hot water, are easy to maintain and install and save you money.
- Photovoltaic panels save energy by adapting the sunlight into electricity, this is called the photoelectric effect, which was discovered by Einstien in the early 1920’s. Today the technology has been adapted into solar panels which are mede up of 2 very thin silicon plates, a positive plate and a negative plate, when sunlight hits the plates electrons jump form psoitive to negative causing a current to flow. It is this current that is then fed into an inverter which turns the current from DC to AC which means it can then be used to power elctric appliances in the home of the future or the ultra-modern office.. The benefits of choosing photovoltaic panels are that they do not produce greenhouse gases that will help you to save on CO2 emissions, and with the new government Feed in Tarrif, these systems have become very popular giving an excellent investment return for a period of 25yrs, tax free to domestic users.
The installation process is easy but there are a few things to be considered before it begins, these are the location, shade and tilt angle, as they are factors which will determine the performance of the solar system, they are all completely environmentally safe solar panels for home and commercial buildings. Planning permission in the UK is generally not required but should always be checked upon especially in listed buildings or conservation areas.
The system can connect into the local electricity network, and any excess electricity not used can be sold back to the national grid. FI Tariffs at Solar Install have an in house design team to ensure you get the best option for your requirements, and can answer any questions you may have. For further
information, we advise you to contact us and have a chat with one of our solar panel experts.
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