Is my property suitable for solar panels?
Solar panels have been promoted for many years, and in the UK, there has been the mistaken notion that solar power isn’t as viable in this country because of the weather. This isn’t actually the case though, and even when the weather is cloudy and overcast, solar panels can create significant amounts of electricity. Added to this, extremely high temperatures in sunnier countries can sometimes interfere with the energy creating process within a solar panel system, so our climate might be perfect for solar energy.
For a solar panel to work it only needs natural light, there isn’t much beyond that required. It is always best to consult with an installation expert though to see whether your home meets the standards required in terms of number of solar panels that can be installed and whether there will be a need for and space for solar batteries as an additional renewable energy product.
Is my roof suitable for solar panel installation?
As we have mentioned, the weather in the UK is suitable for solar power, and therefore any roof that has space for solar panels is a viable option to generate solar energy. Every solar panel installer will offer slightly different advice, but on the whole it isn’t a question of whether your roof is suitable for solar panels, more, how many solar panels will fit on my roof?
Depending on the area you have available it could be that it is advised that additional renewable energy technology is installed alongside your solar panels or solar batteries to store energy for later use.
The good news is that solar panels are now getting better and can produce more energy, meaning you may need less panels if you have limited roof size.
The direction in which your roof faces is important, as a south facing roof will generate the most amount of electricity, as it will experience direct sunlight for longer periods of time, but any direction will receive direct sunlight during the day, just at different times of the day.
Do I need planning permission for a solar panel system at my home?
In the vast majority of cases, planning permission is not required for solar panel installation at a domestic property. If your home is located in a conservation area or it is a listed building, this could change, however. It is also important that your solar panels do not hang from the side of your roof. Our team will advise you and guide you through any applications you may need to complete.