Solar Panel Installations in Cambridgeshire

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Our 5-star rated electrical technicians are highly experienced in delivering eco-friendly, cost-effective solar panel installations for homes across Cambridgeshire and East Anglia.

From consultation to installation, our Cambridgeshire technicians are here to provide minimal fuss and design your solar panel system for optimal performance and reduced running costs. Talk to us about installing a solar PV system to convert the sun’s rays into free power for your property.

Solar PV panels are suitable for most homes and are a great investment for the future, allowing you to benefit from reduced electricity bills and protect against rising fuel prices. In April 2022 the government scrapped VAT on PV installations, making them even more cost-effective.

For properties with air and ground source heat pumps and electric vehicle charging points they are the final piece of the eco-friendly jigsaw, providing planet-friendly power to make a property truly eco-friendly.

The benefits of installing a solar-panel

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Energy savings

Generate free, clean and sustainable energy from day one for your home.

Environmentally friendly

Enjoy greener and self-sustainable energy for you and your home.

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We are MCS certified and expertly design & plan the whole process.

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Lowering your energy bills with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels

Using nature to power your home or business is the perfect solution for lowering energy bills and addressing environmental concerns. A great way to achieve this is by installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, a fit-and-forget approach which effortlessly turns sunlight into free, clean electricity.

Solar PV panels are suitable for most homes in Cambridgeshire and are a great investment for the future, allowing you to benefit from reduced electricity bills and protect against rising fuel prices. We’re also finding that they are a popular choice for people keen to reduce their carbon footprint by switching to renewable energy or for those working from home long-term, who are best placed to make use of free electricity during the day.

The systems produce power even on gloomy days and don’t need direct sunlight to work. However, the stronger the sunlight and the longer the daylight hours the more electricity will be generated. Talk to us about installing solar panels to your home in or around Cambridgeshire.

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Storing or selling excess energy: Battery storage and The Smart Export Guarantee<br />

Storing or selling excess energy: Battery storage and The Smart Export Guarantee

If you have a heat pump, or charge an electric vehicle overnight, a solar power battery storage system would be a great choice.

On sunny days PV systems are likely to produce more power than a property requires. We therefore advise customers to consider, if they wish to sell excess power back to the National Grid or store unused electricity for use later on.

We can help with this decision but it’s worth thinking about how your household works, for example are most people home during the day and therefore using the solar power as it’s generated or is most electricity used during the evenings/after dark?

To access the SEG scheme you must use a Microgeneration Certification Scheme member such as Infinite Heating & Energy to ensure eligibility.

    How we install solar panels to homes

    Typical installations comprise some 15 panels, each generating around 335W of power in strong sunlight. The power generated is direct current (DC), which has to be converted to alternating current (AC) for household use. This is achieved via a converter installed alongside the PV system.

    Generally, planning permission is not required because solar PV panels are considered ‘permitted development’. However, there are exceptions so we advise checking with your local planning office, particularly if you live in a listed building, conservation area or national park.

    So with reduced installations costs, the opportunity to generate free, clean electricity and the chance to sell surplus power back to the National Grid, what’s not to love?

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    FAQs on Solar Panels Installations in Cambridge

    What does the no obligation quote include?

    Our quote includes a brand new solar panel sized specifically for your roof and energy needs. We also provide a new Huawei inverter, battery storage solution if needed, mounting rails and roof hooks, bird blocking protection, scaffolding and access equipment, and labour for both roofing and electrical installation.

    You will also receive a 20-year warranty on solar panels, a 10-year warranty on the inverter and battery, and a 2-year warranty on labour and workmanship. We will provide an estimated payback period

    Will solar panels work on my home?

    Before installation, there are a few things to consider. Firstly, you will need enough space on your sloped roof for at least 4 solar panels. It is important that the area where you plan to install the panels receives plenty of sunlight throughout the day. If your roof faces north, solar panels may not be suitable.

    We will need to set up scaffolding to access the roof, so if there are any restrictions like conservatories below, installation may not be possible. Additionally, energy usage at home will impact the savings you can achieve with solar panels and a battery system. The more energy you use, the more money you will save. If your energy usage is low, it may take longer to see the savings.

    Can I install solar panels on a flat roof?

    Solar panels can be installed on flat roofs. While they are more commonly used in commercial buildings, they can also be installed on residential properties.

    For flat roofs, the panels can be placed on a tub and secured with ballast like gravel, paving slabs, or rocks. Another option is securing them to metal frames, depending on the building and location.

    How much do solar panels cost?

    Our installation starts from £5,000 for 5 panels. A typical 10-panel system with 5kWh of battery storage will cost around £12,000.

    How long does the installation take?

    A standard installation usually takes about 5 days to complete. The scaffolding will typically be set up the week before and dismantled the week after.

    How often do the panels and PV system need to be serviced?

    Solar panels require minimal maintenance as they do not have any movable parts. However, regular cleaning and inspection are important to ensure optimal electricity generation and prevent any issues.

    Through monitoring, we can identify any problems with the internal equipment. We recommend an annual check, and you can find more information on our servicing page.

    Do I need bird protection for solar panels?

    Protecting your solar PV system is essential to prevent damage to cables and panels caused by nesting pigeons. This can affect the system’s performance.

    Installing wire mesh or bird netting around the perimeter of your solar panels is an effective way to prevent pigeons from nesting under them and maintain the warranty.

    What is the warranty on the equipment?

    Our equipment is guaranteed by the manufacturer. Solar panels have a 25-year product warranty and a 25-year linear power warranty. Inverters have a 10-year warranty, and batteries have a minimum warranty of 10 years, depending on the specific product.

    How long does it take to see a return on investment?

    Generally, a payback period of 4 to 10 years can be expected for a viable solar installation.

    Do I need a battery?

    The need for a battery depends on your electricity generation and usage patterns. If you consume a lot of energy in the evening, a battery can be beneficial to store the electricity generated during the day.

    Our solar advisors can assist you in making this decision based on your unique circumstances.

    How much space do I need?

    The number of panels recommended for your roof depends on available space and energy consumption. Each panel measures 1.7m in length and 1.1m in width.

    A 40cm gap between the roof edge and the system is necessary. On average, a system with 9-10 panels (3.5kW) would fit a roof area of approximately 26m2.

    Additional space is needed inside the home for the inverter, which measures 500mm in height, 200mm in depth, and 500mm in width.

    If you choose to include a battery, additional space is required. Our preferred battery solution sizes range from 5kWh to 20kWh, with heights between 600mm to 1500mm, widths of 670mm, and a depth of 150mm. Sufficient space around the battery is necessary for maintenance.

    Does my roof need to be South-facing for solar panels to work?

    Take advantage of South-facing roofs when installing Solar Panels for maximum efficiency, as they will generate the most electricity. However, panels installed on East or West facing surfaces still offer great performance.

    Do solar panels need regular sunshine to work?

    Sun isn’t constantly necessary for your solar panels to keep doing their job – they actually work best in cooler settings with temperatures around 10c. Too much heat can cause the efficiency of these panels to drop, so don’t worry if you live under a cloudy sky.

    Do solar panels need cleaning?

    While one of the extra great benefits of solar panels is that they are self-cleaning we still recommend annual visual inspections. Some professional window cleaners may also be able to help maintain the cleanliness.

    What brand of solar panels do you supply?

    The panel is a key component to the design so we only use market leading brands including Eurena, Jinko and Trina. Which brand we choose will depend on which is the best fit to suit the project design. We will design your installation around the panels that best meet your needs.

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