How much do solar panels cost?
The cost of solar panels varies depending on their size and ability to generate electricity from sunlight. Please click here to see a table as a guide.
During our free site survey, we will explain all the packages available and the suitability for your property and location.
What is a 'Feed-in-tariff?'
Feed-In Tariffs (also known as FITs) were introduced by the Government to help increase renewable energy in the UK. It is a scheme that pays people for creating their own "clean, green electricity".
The Feed-In Tariffs are based on the electricity generated by your Solar Photovoltaic system which is used in the property. There is also an additional payment for any unused energy produced which is exported back to your electricity provider. This means you get paid more for the energy you don't use than for that which you do which encourages energy efficiency.
FITs are for everyone, including households, landlords, businesses and even organisations such as schools and care homes.
For more information please follow the link here: http://www.fitariffs.co.uk
What do your prices include?
- PV panels
- Scaffolding if required.
- Removal of the existing roof and other roofing works.
- Any internal work to install wiring.
- Connection agreement with the Distribution Network Operator (DNO).
- Electrical connection work by fully qualified electricians
- A generation meter
- Other display meters if required e.g. an export meter or hand-held display meter
Are PV panel prices subject to VAT?
PV panels are subject to VAT. However homeowners pay a reduced rate of 5% for their panels.
What happens in a power cut?
There is a safety mechanism in all our domestic solar panels that automatically switches their connection to the national grid during a power cut. This is to stop electricity entering the national grid and potentially hurting people working to restore power to the neighbourhood.
If grid related power cuts are common in your house you may want to consider installing back-up storage to make the most of all the electricity you generate. Please ask us for more details.
How much maintenance will the panels need?
Most PV panels need very little maintenance, except making sure they are cleaned occasionally and ensuring trees do not overhang them. We will leave you written details of any maintenance checks you need to carry out from time to time to ensure everything is working properly. These include details of the main inverter fault signals and key trouble-shooting guidance. We wil go through these when we complete your installation.
In areas that experience high levels of dust and grime such as city or industrial locations your solar PV array may need additional cleaning from time to time as rainfall may not be sufficient. However, we will advise you in our pre-sale consultation if we believe this will be the case.
GENERATION TARIFFS 1 APRIL 2010 - 31 MARCH 2013
|TECHNOLOGY||SCALE||YEAR 1:||YEAR 2:||YEAR 3:||TARIFF LIFETIME|
|SOLAR PV||<4KW NEW BUILD||36.1||36.1||33||25|
|SOLAR PV||<4KW RETRO FIT||41.3||41.3||37.8||25|
|SOLAR PV||>4KW - 10KW||36.1||36.1||33||25|
|SOLAR PV||>10KW - 100KW||31.4||31.4||28.7||25|
|SOLAR PV||STAND ALONE SYSTEM||29.3||29.3||26.8||25|
The amount of money you save is dependent on the amount of electricity that you generate from your solar PV system. The feed in tariff is a means that generators will be paid the fit rate for the total generation but will also be able to sell any energy they export back to the grid. Customers on the fit scheme will receive a guaranteed payment of 3p/KWh that they export back. The tables below provide examples of the savings that you could make by installing solar PV.
|INSTALLED SYSTEM SIZE||1330kWP||1900Kwp||2850Kwp||3990Kwp|
|INSTALLED PRICE inc vat||£6,891.10||£8,309.17||£10,964.10||£13,905.67|
|ANNUAL GENERATION (Watts )||1130.5||1615||2422.5||3391.5|
|ELECTRICITY EXPORTED (watts )||565.25||807.5||1211.25||1695.75|
|FEED IN TARIFF EXAMPLE|
|IMPORT PRICE ( p/Kwh)||12.5p||12.5p||12.5p||12.5p|
|FIT ( p/Kwh )||41.3p||41.3p||41.3p||41.3p|
|SAVING ON ELECTRICITY BILL||£70.66||£100.94||£151.41||£211.97|
|TOTAL ANNUAL SAVINGS||£554.52||£792.17||£1,188.25||£1,663.56|