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FAQ – Solar PV Panels

Solar PV panels

Solar PV Panels

How do Solar PV Panels work?

Photovoltaic (PV) systems capture direct sunlight (DC) and use an inverter to convert into (AC) so to be used safely in our homes.

Do I need a lot of roof space?

Generally a minimum of 12sqm of roof space should be sufficient. But a free no obligation survey will verify everything.

Will the PVs work on cloudy days?

The PV system does not require direct sunlight, so it will still perform well even when it is overcast.

What are the different kinds of panels?

There are two different kinds; Monocystalline and Polycrystalline. There aren’t too many differences between the two except Monocrystalline panels tend to be slightly more efficient in the UK, but Polycrystalline are slightly cheaper to manufacture.

Do solar PV systems need any maintenance?

Since there are no moving parts, Solar PV systems are designed to last between 20 and 40. They are more or less fit and forget. Rain will clean the modules. You could ask your installer to clean them for you if you so wished.

Does the government offer any grants or incentives?

There aren’t any grants but there are extremely good financial Incentives. Depending on the size of your proposed system, you could earn over for a 25 year period from the Feed in Tariff.

Do your systems come with a warranty or guarantee?

Most panels come with at least a 25 year production guarantee and the inverter will come with a minimum 5 year guarantee and the whole installation come with its own guarantee for workmanship and installation.

Do I need planning permission?

In England and Scotland, domestic solar panel installations are classed as ‘permitted development’ and you don’t usually need permission, unless your home is listed or in a conservation area – Renewable Living can advise you on whether you’ll need to apply for planning permission.

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