Solar panels on your property will substantially reduce your electricity bill, as well as your carbon foot print.
Are solar panels right for me?
It is relatively easy to tell how effective an array of solar panels will be on your premises, even before any major calculations are done.
The three simple factors to be taken into consideration are;
1. The Orientation
The orientation of panels. Here in the UK the sun rises in the east and sets in the west and all throughout the day it shines from the south. So, for optimum solar panel performance we want to face the array anywhere between south east and south west.
2. The Pitch
The pitch that the panels are installed. Solar panels yield the most energy when they are pitched between 30˚/45˚. Ingeniously, the average UK roof is also pitched somewhere between 30˚/45˚!
3. Shading Factors
Any shading factors that may affect the array. Our solar panels are tolerant of partial shading caused by trees, chimney stacks or even other buildings but if in doubt, a quick calculation will tell us exactly what affect it will have on the panels.
My roof is east/west facing, can I still have solar panels?
YES. You can absolutely still install solar panels on an east or west facing roof but we would conduct a few calculations prior to this to make sure that a solar array will be effective on your premises. For example, a west facing roof pitched at 35˚ with no shading factors will still yield a modest amount of energy for most households.
Can I install solar panels on the flat roof of my outbuilding?
YES. Flat roof mounted solar panels are mounted on a structure that pitches them up to approximately 30˚ for maximum energy yield. Solar panels can be installed on any type of roof provided it can structurally take the weight of the array, whether it be on the flat roof garage conversion or on the garden workshop at the end of the garden.
Can I install solar panels on the ground in my garden?
YES. If you have the space for an array in your garden then there are definitely some advantages to a ground mounted array. Ground mounted arrays can be positioned south facing at a 35˚ pitch to maximise the energy yield of the array. All that power will be sent directly back to your house just as a roof mounted array would.
My roof receives full sun all day until the late afternoon when the shadow of my neighbour’s tree begins to cover my roof. Is it still worth installing solar panels?
YES in most instances. Understandably in the real world, many roofs will have some form of shading on them and in this scenario we would simply conduct a few quick calculations prior to installation verify that a solar array will still be effective on your premises. Our solar panels are tolerant of partial shading on roofs and it is highly unlikely that you will not be able to install solar panels due to partial shading on the roof.