Solar Panels FAQs

1. How much will it cost to install a system?

To obtain an exact figure you will need a survey but the average domestic householder can expect to pay between £3000 and £8000 depending on the size of system and the type of installation - click here for a free survey.

2. Does my roof have to face south?

South is best but not essential. Very productive systems can be installed on east and west facing roofs. Other factors that matter include shading, the size of available roof space and your location - a no obligation survey will tell you if your house is suitable.

3. Is there much maintenance?

Under most circumstances virtually none. There are no moving parts and the panels are self-cleaning. You will probably need to replace the inverter during the life-time of the panels.

4. How long is the installation process and how disruptive is it?

An average domestic system takes 2-3 days to install (large commercial installations would take longer) and because the bulk of the work is carried out on the roof there is very little disturbance inside.

5. Will my roof be able to take the weight of the panels and will it be sound afterwards?

Most roofs are easily able to take the weight of the panels but again a survey is essential. A good installer will take great care of your roof and it will be as sound after fitting as it was before. But beware of non-specialists and hurried work – contact us for advice!

6. How do I know which panels to choose?

There are many good panels available now but as with most things they all have their strengths and weaknesses. We will recommend the right panel for you (not the ones we just happen to have in stock). We have fitted many hundreds of systems across the North of England and keep data on how they perform – that way we can give the very best advice to our customers.

7. Will I be able to run all my appliances from the panels?

The panels only produce electricity during the day so you will use your ordinary supply during the evening. Although the panels probably won’t supply all your electricity demands during the day they should significantly reduce the amount of electricity you draw from the grid. We would be able quantify how much you might save following a survey. You will also be paid for the energy you generate which may more than off set the power you still have to pay for.