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Solar Panels FAQ

 

Are solar panels safe?
Is my house suitable for solar panels?
What is the Feed-In Tariff?
How much money could I make or save with solar panels?
How long does it take to install solar panels?
Why do I need a suitability survey?
How much will it cost me?
Do you need planning permission?
Where can you put solar panels?
How long do solar panels last?
How well do solar panels work in cloudy conditions?
Will solar panels produce anything in winter?
Do you need to strengthen your roof?
What grants are available to fit solar panels?
How can I get the solar panels for free?
What happens if I sell my house?
Do I have to keep my electricity supplier?
Can anyone fit the solar panels?


Are solar panels safe?

Solar panels are very safe as long as trained experts fit them. They do not emit any toxic gases and have no moving parts that could go wrong. The panels are simply wired into the main household electricity supply through a fuseboard. However, they do generate large amount of Direct Current (DC) which can be dangerous if someone not competent in electrical matters attempts to fit the panels.

 

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Is my house suitable for solar panels?

Solar panels rely on the light intensity, not necessarily direct sunlight. Many sources either insist that a) the ideal property should have solar panels placed on a south facing roof or b) that any property can have solar panels. Neither of these is strictly true. An east or west facing roof at a shallow pitch will generate about 20% less than a south facing roof, and between south east and south west the difference is only 5%. Only a north facing roof will definitely not generate enough power to make having panels worthwhile. You must also take into the amount of shading that might fall on the panels.

 

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What is the Feed-In Tariff?
The Feed-In Tariff, also known as FIT, is a government-backed measure to help increase the take up of renewable energy technology by householders and make it financially worthwhile having it. You earn a fixed income for the number of kW you generate and use for your own property. Any surplus electricity you generate from your panels each month is sold back to the National Grid for a fixed price per kW. Should you need to use electricity from the National Grid, you will be charged a lower price per kW than a householder without solar panels.

 

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How much money could I make or save with solar panels?
For an average three-bed house that uses 4,5000kW of electricity per year, havinfg2.5kW solar panels on its roof would generate around £830 a year tax-free by selling surplus electricity to the National Grid. The usual electricity costs would be reduced from about £450 to £300, which would save £150. So the total amount of money those panels would generate would be £980.

 

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How long does it take to install solar panels?
Every installation is different as it is dependent on the size of the roof and number of panels you have. However, as a rough rule of thumb, installing a 2-4 kW system on a three-bedroom semi will take around two days if there are no problems. If scaffolding is needed, this may take an extra day to put up and take down.

 

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Why do I need a suitability survey?
Not every home is suitable for installing solar panels, and it may not be immediately apparent whether yours is. A solar panel expert will come to your property and assess – among many factors - the angle of your roof, the ability for it to take the weight of the panels, possible shade issues and whether the panels will be able to generate the electricity you need to make fitting them worthwhile. It’s vitally important to get this right otherwise you could end up installing expensive panels for very little benefit.

 

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How much will it cost me?
Solar panels could cost you anything from nothing if you take advantage of some of the free installation offers suppliers are advertising to an average of £12,000 if you pat for the installation yourself and have a very large house roof to cover. Generally though, if you have them fitted for free, the supplier keeps the FITs payments from your utility company as payment for the work they have done and you benefit from the reduced electricity costs or, alternatively if you want to keep the FITs payments you pay for the installation yourself.

 

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Do you need planning permission?
Solar panels are considered with your permitted development rights so you will usually not need planning permission. Only if you live in a conservation area or have a listed building will you need to seek permission. Building regulations however do apply and you will need to ensure the panels do not sit above the ridgeline of the roof or project more than 200mm from the surface of the roof.

 

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Where can you put solar panels?
Solar panel are usually on put onto pitched roofs, although it is possible to get free-standing ones that can sit in your garden. You can also attach panels to a flat roof, although they will need to be specially mounted to tilt at an angle to catch the sunlight.

 

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How long do solar panels last?
The most modern well-manufactured solar panels have a life expectancy of more than 30 years. However, this can reduce considerably with cheap mass-produced panels so it pays to do you research and find out what panels your installer is recommending be fitted.

 

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How well do solar panels work in cloudy conditions?
It’s a common misconception that solar panels won’t work on cloudy days. They won’t produce as much electricity but they will still produce some.

 

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Will solar panels produce anything in winter?
Yes, panels do still produce electricity in winter, but for obvious reasons not as much as in the summer. There have been some reported issues with snow sometimes sticking to the panels (usually those fitted at shallower angles), but usually the panels contain a little residual heat which will melt the snow or get it to slide off without intervention. Occasionally you might need to brush off the snow or if that is not possible, you can get a special coating on the panels that will stop the snow from sticking.

 

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Do you need to strengthen your roof?
It is vitally important to check if the roof can take the weight of the panels as they are extremely heavy. The initial survey will check the roof beams and trusses to assess if strengthening work is needed to comply with building regulations.

 

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What grants are available to fit solar panels?
There are no longer grants to fit solar panels, but they have been replaced by a new scheme called Feed-In Tariffs. Feed In Tariffs are designed to allow you to financially benefit from having renewable technologies fitted to your home by selling your surplus back your electricity supplier. In addition, you can buy the electricity you do use at a much cheaper rate than usual.

 

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How can I get the solar panels for free?
Many suppliers have an offer where you do not pay for the solar panels to be installed as long as they keep the Feed In Tariff payments. Although you do not receive any income from having the panels – the installer keeps that – you do get cheaper electricity, which will bring down your yearly bill. And there may be an opportunity down the line to buy out the installer so you can start receiving the Feed In Tariffs yourself.

 

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What happens if I sell my house?
If you own your solar panels, you may find prospective buyers consider the panels a great asset and increase the value of your home. If you do not own your solar panels and your Feed-In Tariffs are going to an installer, it can sometimes put off prospective owners if they are concerned about taking on a property with a 25 year solar panel loan attached to it. However, all prospective buyers will appreciate the annual savings that can be made on the electric bills.

 

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Do I have to keep my electricity supplier?
There is no necessity to keep with the same supplier, unless they are the ones who have fitted your solar panels and insist as part of the loan contract that you stay with them.

 

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Can anyone fit the solar panels?
If you want to receive Feed-In Tariff payments, only an approved and accredited installer who has been vetted and registered with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) can fit them, and then only specially approved makes and models of panels. This is to ensure they are fitted properly by trained experts and will generate power efficiently.

 

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