Save on your energy bills with a FREE Solar Panel
Are you aware that you could be entitiled to a FREE solar panel and save on your energy bills?
What is Solar PV?
The sunshine falling on your roof can be converted into electricity using solar photovoltaic panels, usually referred to as ‘solar PV’.
How do solar panels (PV) cells work?
PV cells are groups of cells mounted together in panels or modules that can either be mounted on your roof or on the ground and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Most PV systems are made up of panels that fit on top of an existing roof, but you can also fit solar tiles and slates instead of ordinary roof tiles, but they are not as cost-effective as panel systems.
The benefits of solar electricity
- Cut your electricity bills
- Get paid for the electricity you generate
- Sell electricity back to the grid
- Cut your carbon footprint
A decent PV system will provide around half of the average household’s electricity needs and should include a display that shows how much electricity is currently being produced. The average domestic solar PV system is 4kWp and costs £5,000 - 8,000 (including VAT at 5 per cent and can generate around 3,800 kilowatt hours of electricity a year in the south of England.
Before you invest in a solar electric system you need to check the following:
Is the roof more or less south facing?
Will trees or buildings cast a shadow over the solar panels?
Is your roof structurally sound?
Solar arrays are classed as ‘permitted developments’ which means they don’t need planning permission if they stick out 200 mm or less from your building and meet other basic requirements. However, it’s still worth checking with your local planning department
Rent a Roof Solar Panel Scheme
The rent a roof solar scheme allows you to power your home with free electricity without having to buy solar panels and in exchange, the Installer will keep the lucrative Feed-in Tariff payments.
If you can’t afford the upfront cost of a solar system (the smallest systems start at around £2,000), you can still find a few installers offering this scheme. The feed-in tariff lasts for 20 years and is worth up to £8,080 for a 4kW system. After the 20 years, most Rent a Roof Installers will let you keep the solar panels and the free energy, but check with them in advance of any contract.
To be eligible for the feed-in tariff your solar panels and your installer must be registered with the:
Microgeneration Certification Scheme (www.microgenerationcertification.org)
and is a member of the Renewable Energy Consumer Code.
How much will it save you?
Difference of Earnings between Rent a Roof vs Self funding
Does your house qualify?
Not all homes will be eligible - roofs should be south east to south west facing in most cases but the solar PV provider will assess your roof to calculate if they will be able to offer you the free solar panels.
Note: An MCS installer should never under any circumstance pressure you to sign the contract. Once you sign, you are also given a cooling off period where you can change your mind and not face any penalties.