Solar panels produce clean, emission free energy from a sustainable source. This generated electricity can help power your business, farm or commercial buildings and will reduce carbon emissions. Solar panels are ideal for urban and rural locations, requiring a south or near south facing roof or ground area. They are easily connected to a building’s electricity supply and generate an additional revenue for you through the government funded Feed-in Tariff.
We will assess the suitability of roof or ground area and may recommend a full structural assessment by a surveyor. The roof must be in good condition as the solar PV array is designed to last 20+ years. Any roof repairs should be carried out before installation of the solar array.
New Builds are often VAT exempt, commercial buildings will pay standard VAT rates at 20%.
The optimum orientation for solar panels is due south at a 30 degree latitude tilt in the UK. Systems facing East or West will lose efficiency but are still viable. Farm and commercial buildings are often installed on 15 degree pitch roof areas. If you have a flat roof, we can provide a bespoke flat roof system to optimise the panel angles.
Yes, generally all buildings have to have an energy performance rating (EPC) of level D or above.
Any number of PV panels can be connected based on available space, to provide as much electricity output as required. A standard 50kWp solar panel installation will generate up to 43,000 kWh per year.
Minimum maintenance is required for the solar panels as there are no moving parts, although they do need checking for visible damage and shading on a regular basis. We recommend that systems are monitored so that any drop in performance is quickly reacted to. We provide full monitoring and maintenance agreements for commercial systems. It is also advisable to clean your panels once a year, we can arrange to do this for you using the correct equipment and cleaning products.
The Government is required, alongside other European countries, to reduce carbon emissions and to secure against future oil supplies. The UK currently produces 5.5% of electricity from renewable energy and has committed to increase this to 15% by 2020.