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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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