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Frequently Asked Questions:
Not if the electricity is for domestic purposes. Businesses will be taxed accordingly.
More details on the FiT can be found at www.energysavingstrust.org.uk
Yes, you will be eligible to receive a generation tariff. If your system is not fitted directly to a building but electricity generated is wired back to the building to be used on site, then you will be eligible to receive the tariff rate that is applicable for the type and capacity of the generating technology.
FiT, which constitutes the majority of the revenue, can be paid directly to the landlord. If the occupants pay the electricity bill directly they will also see a saving on their electricity bill.
The Low Carbon Building program grant system has now been replaced with the FiT’s. However some local council grants are still available; contact your local council for further information. Grants for heat generating technologies are due to constitute as long as the funds last, and are allocated on a first come first served basis. We expect these to be phased out and be replaced with the heat generation equivalent to the FiT, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
Will I be eligible to receive the Tariff if I move into a home that already has electrical generating technology?
FiT eligibility remains with the installation, even if the ownership of the home or generating technology changes.
Secondhand or refurbished installations are not eligible for the Feed-in Tariff.
More details on the FiT can be found at http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
No. As a safety precaution your system is automatically switched off if there is a power cut. This will mean that your PV panels won’t be producing any electricity during this time.
The best way to find this out would be to look at your previous electricity bills to see what your energy consumption is, or if you are in any doubt contact your electricity supplier directly and they should be able to give you all of the information regarding how much electricity you use. Once you know your average usage you can decide on the size of the system you will need to generate your house and compare this to the size of your roof and how much can be installed. A domestic home does not tend to need more than a 4kw system.
The excess electricity that you generate will automatically get exported back to the grid. This will then be used by other homes so won’t be wasted. This is where the government’s Feed in Tariff (FiT) schemes kicks in which means that you will be paid for all of this extra electricity that gets sent back to the grid. (See our FiT page for more details.)
Yes. These days the solar panels that are manufactured are very efficient and work so well that they will still be able to pick up the sun’s rays even through cloud. Of course the system is going to work at its best on a clear sunny day, but the solar PV systems still work very efficiently even during the worse winters.
No. At the moment we only sell and install Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems which generate electricity. We do not sell or install solar thermal systems which are used to heat water.
No. Solar panels convert light into electricity and as the light reduces in the day so does the output of the solar panel.
The majority of homes in the UK are suitable for a Solar PV installation, whether it is a smaller 1kWp installation or a larger 4kWp installation. The ideal roof for most of the UK will be South facing with a pitch of 30 degrees. As the pitch and orientation of the roof differs, so will the output of the system.
There is very little disruption when installing a system array, most of the circuit is completely separate and therefore your existing electrics will remain the same until the final connection to the distribution board but this will be only for a short while.
A PV installation up to 4kW should take no longer than 2 days – typically the installation team will be in and out in a day depending on the design requirements.
Panels carry manufacturers' performance guarantees for 25 years.