Solar PV (Photo voltaic) systems can now be installed on East/West facing rooftops as well as the traditional south facing arrays. The systems generate electricity from daylight which is then supplied to your property and the national grid. Technology has come a long way you no longer need continuous sunshine to produce clean, environmentally responsible energy. Our units even produce electricity on cloudy days in the middle of winter!

Reasons to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems:

Financial

  • You get paid for generating the electricity you generate, know as the feed in tariff
  • You receive an additional payment for any surplus (which is electricity you generate but don’t use) sold back to the national grid (known as the export tariff)
  • The rate of these payments are index-linked for all the electricity you generate over the next 20 years
  • You also save money on your electricity bills because while your Solar PV system is generating electricity you can use it, for free
  • It will add value to your property and if that wasn’t enough, the VAT on solar power systems is only 5% for domestic customers!

Environmental

  • Zero Carbon emissions. No carbon is emitted during generation of electricity though some carbon will have been created in the manufacture of the panels
  • Electricity produced using the sun’s energy reduces the amount of energy used from non-renewable resources such as coal, gas, oil and nuclear
  • Produces no noise

What you need

To install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system you”ll need:

  • Finance of £5,000 plus
  • A minimum of 9m2 to locate the panels.
  • To be the property owner  leasehold or freehold
  • A roof which faces South, West or East can give good generation levels.

You should check planning requirements with your local authority, especially if you have a listed building or it is located in a conservation area.

SOL Electrical is accredited by the MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme), an independent scheme which certifies products and installers in accordance with consistent standards and all SOL Electrical installers of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are City & Guilds qualified.