Solar PV – questions & answers

Remember: Electricity costs will continue to rise, the UK government has revealed that electricity will be nearly double in cost in roughly 4 years time. (2017)

WHY INSTALL PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) SOLAR PANELS?

Your PV system will generate electricity for you. You will be paid by the government introduced ‘Feed in Tariff’ scheme for every unit of electricity you produce even if you use that electricity yourself.
Yes! You are actually paid for generating electricity AND you can use this electricity yourself. This means you buy much less from your supplier. This leads to huge savings on your bill coupled with a tax free income.

WHAT IS THE ‘FEED IN TARIFF’?

The government started FITs to encourage the UK public to produce their own electricity. At present you will be paid about 13.p for every unit of electricity you produce. A typical 4 kW system installed in South Wales will produce about £500 to £600 a year, TAX FREE!

5 kW, 6 kW, 7 kW etc… The bigger the PV system, the more you will earn financially and the more you will save on your electricity bill.

Remember:  Add the tax free £600 tariff to the electricity bill savings and your 4.0 kW system could benefit you over £1,100.00 a year.

You will have far greater financial rewards from a PV system than the interest on bank savings.        12% Return on investment.

WHO PAYS ME?

Your electricity provider will pay you quarterly for the full 20 year term of your feed in tariff. They are legally required to do this under the renewable energy rules that have been introduced by the UK government to encourage PV users and to reduce our carbon emissions.

WHAT DOES IT COST?

PV systems differ in size, specification & design. A domestic system will cost less than a commercial system due to the size. We can send a guide line quotation to you but we will need some basic information first. Please send a quick enquiry via the ‘Contact us’ tab on the home page and we will answer any specific questions you may have.

DO WE HAVE ENOUGH SUN IN THE UK TO MAKE OUR PV PANELS WORK?

Yes, surprisingly the UK annually receives 60% of the light falling on the equator. South Wales has an average of around 1100kWh per kW peak installed where panels are optimally positioned. South, South East or South Westerly facing roof tops are ideal for PV in the UK.

We have installed over 400 PV systems (Domestic & Commercial) and have documented proof of how efficient and reliable these systems are in our area. (South Wales) On average OUR PV system installations are performing about 12 to 18% above our predicted annual generation.

DO I NEED PLANNING PERMISSION?

No, PV systems fall under ‘Permitted development rights’ so most domestic PV systems do not require planning permission. Listed buildings may require planning permission but laws are very lenient where PV is involved.

Main stream government relaxed all the bi laws in April 2012 so that we can all enjoy generating our own electricity without nonsense restrictions.

HOW LONG WILL MY PV SYSTEM BE GUARANTEED FOR?

Photo voltaic panels have no moving parts so our quality ‘A Grade’ MCS accredited PV panels are guaranteed for 25 years, but can remain efficient for up to 35 years. The higher the quality of the PV panel, the longer it remains efficient for, and the more electricity it will produce in cloudy or less light conditions. A high quality PV panel is essential for this.

Also all our inverters come with a 10 year straight replacement warranty.