Would you like to know more about Solar PV?
Here are some of the most common questions customers ask us about installing Solar PV.
No. Solar PV systems only need sunlight (not bright sunshine) so they can still generate some electricity even on a cloudy day. Of course, long summer days and clear blue skies will allow your solar system to operate at its full potential but as long as there is sunlight falling on the solar panels you will be generating electricity everyday throughout the year.
Most homes are suitable but there are exceptions. You commonly see solar panels installed on the roof. If your roof faces south or the sun travels across your roof east to west then it’s most likely to be suitable for solar panels. However, if your property is a listed building or in a conservation area, or shaded by trees or other buildings it may not be suitable. But don’t worry we’ll be able to clarify your property’s suitability when you make your initial enquiry with us. This service is free and obligation free.
A solar inverter converts the direct current (DC) electricity produced by your solar PV panels to alternating current (AC) electricity that can be used in your home and exported back to the grid. Solar invertors also help your system manage the flow of electric current being fed into the grid.
In most instances it is classed as a permitted development so planning permission is not required. However, in some instances, full planning permission may be required if you live in a conservation area or a listed building.
A typical domestic installation takes around a day to complete. Work will take place both inside and outside your property. In this time all the roof works and installation, including commissioning of the system (connecting it to your power supply) will be completed. However, work could be delayed due to inclement weather. We will try to keep to our schedule where possible and keep you informed of any changes.
No. The beauty of solar panels is once they’re installed they need very little maintenance. You’ll just need make sure trees don’t begin to overshadow them and block sunlight from reaching them. Cleaning is usually not required as the panels are tilted to allow rainwater to wash any dust and debris off the surface.
There are two key ways of getting the maximum benefit out of a Solar PV system. The first is to reduce the amount of electricity required within the property, such as using energy efficient light bulbs and switching any appliances off at the mains when not being used. By doing this your Solar PV system will become a larger contributor towards your electricity requirements. The other approach is to use the electricity it produces as it is generated. Therefore using appliances such as washing machines, tumble dryers, irons and kettles during daylight hours when the system is generating electricity. We’ll be very happy to tell you more about optimising your Solar system as part of our quotation service.