Your Questions Answered

What is solar electricity generation?

Using a technology known as PV (Photo Voltaic), energy from the suns light is converted to free electricity. PV solar panels convert sunlight into cheap, reliable, ‘green’, carbon-free electricity. The technology has been around for at least 50 years and many systems installed in the ’70s are still working and producing free electricity today. You have probably used a calculator, a watch or even garden lighting that is powered by solar cells: these work in the exact same way as a full-size PV panel.

Why should I consider PV?

You should consider PV for some very good reasons.

Solar electricity generation is good for the planet. Electricity generated from PV panels on your roof, replaces electricity generated from fossil fuels. It is also more efficient than electricity supplied over the national grid, which loses energy during the transmission from the power station to your home. It reduces your own and therefore the country’s carbon footprint and helps preserve the environment for your children and your children’s children.

What about planning permission?

Planning permission is NOT usually required for domestic PV installations providing they meet basic criteria. It is a requirement only to inform the local authority of the installation. There are certain other requirements if the building is Listed or a World Heritage site.

I’m thinking of building a house. What should I keep in mind?

If you are building a property, make sure the roof faces south and is pitched between 35 and 45 degrees. And maybe talk to your architect about the most effective design and build considerations.

What if I sell the house?

The PV system adds value to the property and reduces running costs.