If you’re thinking of replacing your current energy supply and would like it to be a renewable source, solar PV is a good option. The best place to start would be to look for solar panel quotes. There are some factors that will shape the type of quote you receive such as: the type and quality, efficiency, your type of property and its location.
Read on to find out what should be available within your quote. At The Renewable Energy Hub we can help you by looking at the various factors to consider and giving you information on how much money you could save by switching to solar power and also save money when purchasing the system itself.
We aim to provide you with enough information and at least 3 quotations so that you can make an informed decision on whether solar is best for you. This is an important step in your journey to solar power as prices can vary wildly and it is important you receive the right information for your needs.
By filling in the form on this page, we can have up-to 3 reputable local installers provide you with no obligation quotes. They will be MCS registered and are our most trusted installers.
Solar panels and the use of solar energy has been growing and evolving for many years and over the last century they have become more efficient and affordable, saving homes and businesses money on energy bills.
Let’s look at a few things to consider when looking at what best suits your home and what kind of solar panel quotation you may receive.
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Most will cost between £800 and £8000. Whilst the outlay may seem high, what you need to look at is how over time, they can save you money as any energy you produce is free power for your home and offsets the growing price of grid supplied electricity. Solar panel prices have plummeted over recent years with many companies, offering affordable set ups.
Prices have dropped by 70% making them much cheaper than they once were. It is thought that your average power system can save you money on your electricity bills from £85/£410 a year. Most quotes you receive will include installation and associated costs.
Previously, you could have earn’t money on any extra power you produce by selling it back to the grid via the feed in tariff, but this scheme no longer exists, changes to legislation coming in will however allow energy companies to ‘bid’ for the price they will pay you for the excess energy your system produces .
A solar battery for your system will become a far better option to store the extra energy for non-daylight hours as using your ‘free’ electricity will always be cheaper then purchsing electricity from the grid and energy companies will never pay you for your electricity at the same rate they sell it back to you. Battery technology has come a long way recently and the price of purchasing one with a solar panel system has fallen as well, they are becoming increasingly efficient which will give the potential to use very little electricity from the grid.
The amount you can save really depends on the energy efficiency of your system, the location of your property and the type of property – you will find new builds are cheaper to have them installed as often the systems required are very small (1-2kW) and can cost as little as £800 fully installed. The best position for solar panels is south facing as this is when they will be most efficient as their efficiency depends on how much sunlight strikes the panel so it can convert into electricity.
The most efficient panels on the market is around 22.8% efficient, so shopping around is important. To have received the feed in tariff, your home must have an EPC certificate of band D or higher and you would have to have a certificate to receive any FIT payments. If you are D or above, you could have got a higher payment than the lower bands, but you could also have carried out improvements to receive the payments. The bands range from A, which is very efficient, to G which is inefficient, we are not sure how this grading will affect future government incentives so check back here to see as we will notify you when we know more.
Solar panels will upgrade your EPC rating, but it is worth mentioning that insulation is an important factor in keeping your home and power use efficient and pass building and environmental regulations if you are constructing a new home.
The quotes you receive from local solar panel installers:
Installers should look at your property location, which way your house faces and what size of installation you are able to have. Then they will give you an idea of how much power an installation on your roof would produce at all different times of the year.
The energy rating of your home will be considered within the quote. You should then be given a rough calculation of the amount of money you could save by switching to solar, and, of course, you will need the total cost of the whole system which ideally needs to be broken down for you with prices for materials and labour.
All these things will consist of a good quality quotation which our installers will provide. Solar panels can be expected to last up to 50 years for the panels themselves, but other parts, such as the inverter, will need to be changed every 15 to 25 years and will cost between £500 and £1000 (depending upon its size and manufacturer).
The inverter converts the electrical current made by your solar panels into usable electrical current for your home, so is essential to your set up. Upkeep is low, though they will generally not need to be serviced. On average, you will be charged about £200 for a system service, but you could do the yearly checks yourself and have an installer check them every 3 years or so or if you sense something is wrong.
Solar Thermal options:
As well as solar panel systems for your electricity, another option is solar thermal which would be a system to heat your water. It can be used for residential or commercial use and is typically 70/90% efficient with the cost of solar thermal being from £2000/£5000 for parts and installation, this technology does have government incentives that are very attractive so read our content pages about this technology if this interests you.
It is important to make sure you have all the right information and check that all parts and labour are accounted for in the quotations. The installers do have to work on some estimates and predicted increases but it’s important to check that these seem reasonable.
Any electricity prices increasing above 5% a year is too good to be true. Your quote should take into account anything that could drastically affect the output of your system, such as trees that will provide shade and will compromise how effective your panels will be.
We are very careful to use certified, reputable, local installers but of course it is it still wise to be careful. You could check reviews and ask to speak to one of their previous customers and they should be happy to help you do this.
Check that the installers are using quality parts by asking where they get the parts from and researching their supplier. And, lastly, check they have a MCS certificate as it’s not wise to use any installer that doesn’t have one.
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