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And yes, we are sometimes asked:

"Do panels produce electricity at night?"

Solar Questions:

Are you a solar installation company?

Yes we are a solar installation company with the necessary skills, experience and team to install solar pv systems under the Micro generation and Feed in Tariff scheme. As such all consumers that have their systems installed by us are able to get a feed in and generation payment for any excess electricity generated or on site installation

Why should I opt for solar pv system on my property?

Solar pv installations are not for all homewoners, indeed there are a number of significant considerations before such a decision can be taken; namely the available space on the roof and any other long term property decisions that you may want to make. However, if the decision to go solar is made then we believe the advantages will significantly outweigh any potential negative impacts.

What are some of the main considerations that I need to consider about going solar.

Firstly what do you want solar pv for? Is it to power some items in your house or to get a feed in tariff payment for any electricity that is produced and exported? If the answer is the former than we believe its a good idea. Secondly, how much roof space do you have available for an installation? If a considerable amount than you can consider having a partial or total solar installation. Finally, as discussed in our storage questions, how recently was your property wired. If more than 25 years, you may want to consider a rewire before any solar storage installation.

So, will it have to stay on my roof?

Yes, because your system is designed to match your needs, so we can’t take it down. However, you’ll be compensated for it being their through profit sharing from feed in and generation payments.

What is the difference between total and partial solar storage?

Total solar means that you get all of your energy requirements from solar produced electricity, whilst partial means that you will use solar as your main source of electricity but when it gets finished you will get it from the grid. We do not expect any property in the UK to rely totally on solar produced electricity. All will require a combination of solar and utility generated electricity, however the percentage of solar or utility will depend on the amount of available roof space and energy needs.

What type of saving can I achieve by having solar pv installed on my property.

This will depend on a significant number of factors such as your current electricity spend, the size of the system and the financial arrangements made for the system. Please use our homepage calculator to get a rough idea of the cost difference between solar pv generated and utility electricity.

How long will it take for you to install the system?

This will depend on the size of the system. However, whilst installation takes place there will be no loss of service.

Do you use specific brands for your solar pv systems?

For domestic systems we use Tesla Powerwall (with inbuilt inverter) and Canadian Solar panels. For commercial installations, we use Tesvolt batteries with SMA inverter and Canadian Solar batteries.

Will having a system increase the value of my property and resulting business rates?

Under current legislation, you will have to pay an increase in business rate taxes when you own a self consumption solar panel system.

Can you assist us to set up a SPV to reduce business rates for our business.

Yes, if you require accountancy services for a SPV we can assist with that. Alternatively, we will advise you how to set up a SPV to reduce business rates for solar self consumption.

Storage questions:

Is it safe to store electricity in batteries?

With all forms of electricity generation, supply and maintenance, there is an inherent degree of risk. However, having storage batteries carries no more of a risk than any other technology used day to day.

What type of batteries do you use to store electricity?

This will depend on the type of premises and the amount of electricity that needs to be stored. For domestic installlations we will tend to use Tesla Powerwall 2 and for commercial installations we will use Tesvolt lithium batteries.

Can batteries be installed in any property?

Yes, however, before any batteries are installed we need to ensure that your property was rewired in the last 10 years. This will better enable us to seperate loads for the battery installation.

Why do you have to separate loads?

Some items used in domestic and commercial premises are known as low load or high load items. This simply applies to the voltage of the items. We do not recommend that items with high voltages take electricity from a storage system. Items like electric cookers, heaters and boilers are not connected to storage systems as they have an adverse effect on the life cycle of the batteries. When we install batteries we connect it to low load wiring and therefore need to ensure that no high load items are connected to low load wiring. 

What happens if I have high load items on low load wiring?

We will recommend that you go for a partial or total rewiring (from us or a third party). Although we appreciate that this will be a costly spend, adequate wiring is an extremely important aspect of property management.

How long do storage batteries last?

The product warranty for batteries varies depending on the manufacturer. Tesla provide a 10 year warranty period, whilst Tesvolt offer a 30 year period. In both cases the manufacturers claim that the products provide an unlimited amount of storage and discharge cycles. In order to get the best out of storage batteries, only low load items should be connected to the system and battery power should be monitored sporadically.

Do you provide any form of after service maintenance?

Yes, we can provide you with such a service if required. We do however, believe that customer knowledge is the most important factor to maintaining a good functioning storage system. There can be no better maintenance contract than an informed customer!

EV Charging Questions:

What is EV charging?

EV charging is the process of using electricity to charge and recharge batteries used by electric cars.

Can I charge an EV vehicle from a regular electricity socket?

Yes, using a specific lead extension you can use your plug to charge your vehicle. However, the speed of a charge will vary considerably. Depending on the speed needed to charge your vehicle there are slow, rapid and fast chargers.

What are the differences in charge time between slow, fast and rapid charges?

Slow chargers can be used with solar panels and battery storage devices to provide cost free electricity for vehicle charging. They tend to charge at 3 kilowatts per hour and take between 6 and 12 hours to charge and are therefore best used for night time charging. 

Rapid chargers are considerably faster and tend to charge at between 7 and 22 kilowatts per hour. Consequently they charge vehicles in 3-4 hours. We do not recommend such charges with solar systems. It is best to use the mains supply for this type of charging.

Fast chargers typically charge at between 43 and 50 kilowatts per hour. Consequently, you can expect to charge your vehicle in 30 minutes.

 

 

Is there any financial support or subsidy given to installing a solar charger?

Yes, the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) provices a grant equal to 75% of the cost of installation (up to £500) for owners of electric vehicles who want to install an EV charging point at their premises. 

There is also a voucher scheme for non domestic premises that would like to install EV charge points for employees or paying members of the public. For more information on both, please visit the OLEV government website.

What EV charger should I opt for?

This will depend on a number of difference factors such as your vehicle type, the charge time and your form of electricity generation. Give us a call for more information.

Are all charging cables the same?

No, there are a wide variety of chargers. The type that you will have will depend on the vehicle that you have. 

Do you charge the same price for all installations?

Our prices start at £100 and will increase depending on the type of installation that you require. For any further answers to your questions please feel free to contact us.