Survey

1. Presentation & Survey

Our solar surveyor will call at your home and explain the whole process. They will survey your roof, and using the pitch, direction, location and layout of your roof will recommend the best installation design.

Using government recommended calculations they will provide a forecast of the income and savings you can expect, the power generation potential of your roof and your carbon emission savings.

Scaffolding

4. Scaffolding

The first stage in the actual installation process is to erect scaffolding. We take health and safety issues very seriously and ensure the protection of all of our installers and electricians.

We schedule the scaffolding to be erected on the day before the installation to minimise any disruption. We aim to remove the scaffolding within a few days. If you would like it to remain longer for other work, just let us know.

Inspection

7. Inspection

The entire system is inspected and safety checks are made to ensure that the installation is safe and will generate the maximum power output.

We register your installation with the local planning department and with the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) who run the electricity supply to your home from local transformer stations.

Design

2. Design

Good design is essential to ensure that you will maximise your electricity generation. There are some basics to consider including, location, angle and direction of panels, shading and the quality and matching of the panels and the inverter.

Panel Install

5. Solar Panel Installation

Solar panels are fairly lightweight but need to be firmly attached. The exact method of attaching the panels depends on your type of roof. With tiles, we bolt brackets to the underlying roof rafters by lifting a few tiles. Rails are then run along these brackets and the solar panels are securely bolted to these rails. Flat roofs require frames to mount the panels and these will require planning permission.

Commissioning

8. Connection - Commissioning

Once the system has been checked, then the solar installation is commissioned (made live) and you can begin to benefit from the electricity that your home generates. This should occur on the same day that the installation is completed or the next day if there is not enough light to run the necessary generations tests

Contract

3. Contract

You will be left with all the details that you need to make a fully informed decision. You contact us when you are ready to proceed by signing and returning our standard contract.

We NEVER use any high pressure sales tactics and we adhere strictly to government guidelines on the selling of alternative power solutions.

Electrician

6. Electrical Installation & Safety Testing

The solar panels on your roof are linked together in what is known as a string. These strings are passed through the roof into the loft space and fed into an inverter that converts the DC power to the AC current of your domestic supply. A cable runs down to your electrical junction box where the power can be used in your home or exported to the electrical grid. A separate meter is also attached to record your electricity output. More..

Registration

9. Registration

The Central FIT (Feed-in Tariff) Register records all new domestic solar power installations. Any new installation must be on the register to qualify for the feed-in tariffs.

To qualify your installer must be part of the Micro-generation Certification Scheme (MCS) that carefully monitors and inspects the quality of renewable energy installations.

UK Solar Power Panels registration number is 16146

The feed-in tariff is paid annually through your electricity provider. You should also notice a significant decrease in your electricity bills. Information on the Ofgem website