PV solar panels and EV enthusiasts of the United Kingdom.
Tips for installing PV solar panels
"I created Power My Home to inspire the early solar pioneers who are still enjoying the benefits of PV solar panels today. It's the easiest, most durable way of reducing dependence for the rocky road ahead."
A South, South East or South West facing roof is ideal. Photovoltaics work even on cloudy days in the UK and each sq/m of your roof receives between 900-1300 kWh a year.
Tip 1 - Know your solar panels.
Questions to help begin your solar journey:
Do you have a South, South West, South East facing roof space?
If yes, your home's orientation to the sun sounds perfect for solar panels.
Do you have a thatched roof?
Solar panels cannot be installed on your roof. Would groundmounted be an option?
Conservation area or area of outstanding beauty or listed property?
If yes, then please consult with your local planning office first.
Do you have a Combi boiler?
Solar heating technology is not viable. Go to PV.
Do you have a hot water storage tank?
If yes, solar heating may be viable.
Do you have an oil based heating system?
If yes, solar heating panels will be beneficial.
Does your home have a good Energy Performance Certificate?
If no, make sure you adopt basic energy saving measures before installing solar panels. This will help you achieve a level D certificate and gain the higher rate feedin tariff.
Tip 2 - Get three quote.
"As prices vary across different technologies and installers, I would strongly recommend you get three comparative quotations. These guidelines will ensure you can approach companies with confidence and peace of mind."
Know your rights:
- Approach only companies with RECC and MCS accreditation. You can begin your research with our ‘Get a PV quote’ service.
- Never be afraid to ask for clarification if you don’t understand anything before signing a contract. A good company will always be patient and helpful.
- Only pay 25% of the contract price up front. Most installers have a deposit protection scheme.
- Feeling pressured? Walk away. Good installers don’t need to use highpressure sales tactics.
- If you do sign a contract in your home, then you have 14 days cooling off period.
- Only start the installation work after this 14-day cooling period. Written consent must be given by yourself if you want work to commence before.
- Never sign a waiver form to relinquish your cooling period walk away.
- Offered finance? You have 14 days cooling period from the date you receive the documentation from the finance provider. Make sure you understand the figures.
- Solar panels are a big investment for many, so never be shy to ask for and contact genuine testimonials. Pioneer’s love to spread their enthusiasm.
- Installers will always give you a full breakdown of expected performance and system specifications. Compare systems, performance and price figures.
- Study terms and conditions and check the company has insurance documents.
Tip 3 - Pride in your pioneering spirit.
"Enjoy your installation day. Curtains will twitch, but the installation should cause only a minimum disruption to your home. You are now a fully fledged solar pioneer and you'll feel great pride at being the first on your street for decades to come."
What happens next:
Survey - Some companies do a technical survey when quoting and some don’t. Don’t allow any work to commence before this is done. This ensures an install is possible.
Scaffolding - To gain access to your roof space, a company will build a frame up to the guttering level. This ensures a safe working platform for the installers, and depending on the scaffolding company - should be removed within a few days of completion.
Installation day - Great! Make sure the installers explain each stage of the process. After the installation is complete, you can register your installation to get the FITS/RHI.
The first few days - A notable and common aftereffect of installing solar panels is the performance checking. Many try to resist, but unfortunately, the temptation to keep checking the output of your system in different weather conditions is too insuppressible.
The first few months - Now you finally got your daily performance checking under control, but inquisitiveness still exists with the changing of the seasons.
The first year - Now you're beginning to see the fruits of your investment. With the bills falling on your welcome matt diminished and your feedin tariff generating income, your decision to install solar panels now seems like a stroke of genius.
And beyond - With a full assessment of the benefits and decades of service to look forward to, many solar pioneers decide to install other alternative technologies.
"Feel the pride."
Founder of Power My Home.
"Technology that lasts longer than your mortgage."
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