Solar Panels For Homes

Looking to install solar panels on your home?
solar panels for homes.The Team at Energy Creation have helped install Solar Panels for homes all across the UK.  Installing Solar panels in our opinion is a fantastic way for home owners to save electricity, provide a tidy return from the governments feed in tariff (also known as the clean energy cash back scheme) and do their bit for the planet.

The process of working with us:

It is important to us to make it as easy as possible to get your solar panels installed on your home.

Here’s Our 6 Steps from Start to Finish:

1.Solar consultation. We talk on the phone and we look to understand a few things about your property.
2.Once we have enough information from you we can send you a written quotation.
3.If you are happy with our quote we survey your property.
4.We fully design your solar panel system.
5.We install your solar panels.
6.We commission and handover your Solar PV System.

What to consider before installing solar panels to your home

If you’re a homeowner, building owner or landowner and are considering solar panels (sometimes known as solar PV) it’s worth considering the following:

Roof Direction

Orientation losses with solar PVIf you are considering a roof mounted solar installation then the best roof to choose is going be the one that receives the most amount of sunlight throughout the day. This is usually the roof that faces closest to South. Both West and East facing roofs are also a good option.

Large flat roofs are also worth considering; solar panels can be ballasted or bolted down to flat roofs, assuming they can take the weight and are in good repair.

Avoid roofs that are shaded by things like trees, bushes and buildings. Shading has a detrimental effect on solar panel performance.

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Roof Angle

For prime results the preferred roof angle when installing solar panels is between 30º and 45º. If your roof is not in that bracket, don’t panic. It is OK to install solar panels at almost any angle. The performance of the Solar panels starts to decrease when installed less than 15º or more than 50 º.  If you’re thinking of installing solar panels on a flat roof then there are pods and brackets that are already suitably angled.

Solar panel Pitch

Roof Space

We can design a solar panel installation to fit most roofs. An area of up to 22 m2 is ideal. It is best that the chosen space is free from any forms of shading such as trees, bushes, chimneys or buildings.

Planning permission

It’s always worth checking with your local planning office before installing solar panels. With that said its rare that planning permission is needed. As long as the solar panels are not fitted to a property that is considered to be in an conservation area, world heritage site or is a listed building.

Energy performance certificate

EPC for SolarFor the purposes of claiming the feed in tariff, solar panels installed after the 1st April 2012 must have an energy performance certificate of at least a D rating to gain the higher tariffs.

It is estimated that half the homes in the UK already meet a D rating or above. We can arrange for a qualified energy assessor to visit your property and issue a certificate for you as part of our service.

Structural

You may be surprised to hear that per m2 a solar panel installation on a pitched roof isn’t that heavy. Each panel weighs about 19 kg and the mounting system used is generally made out of aluminium.

It is not very often that we come across a roof that cannot take this extra weight, however this is something we will check during the site survey. If we have any concerns we may refer you to a structural engineer.

InverterInverter location

The inverter is the piece of kit that converts the direct current (DC) from the solar panels into alternating current (AC) to be used in our homes. It is usually installed in the loft, but cupboards and garages are good options. We recommend an area that is roughly 1m2.

Maintenance

There really is little to no maintenance involved with Solar PV. Well at least compared to Solar thermal (Solar for hot water) that needs fluid replaced, moving parts checked and pressures set etc.

Solar PV is fit and forget technology – (pretty much!!). Yes the inverter can break down from time to time but it is either covered by a warranty or if it’s not it is relatively cheap & simple to replace.

Solar Panels are considered self cleaning but a clean with deionised water ever year is a sensible option and can help improve performance.

Summary

Installing Solar panels on your home is a great way to save electricity, get a return on investment from the feed in tariff and reduce your homes carbon footprint.

It’s generally simple to install with only few simple points to consider as discussed above. Solar panels are generally fit and forget technology, with little to no maintenance.

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