FAQ

Is my roof suitable?

A sloping roof will be suitable as long as: It faces south, south east, south west, east or west (or anything in between these). A south facing roof is best and gives the highest output. If your roof is north east, north west or north facing it will still generate power, but not enough to justify the installation from a financial point of view.

There is little or no shading.

A flat roof will be suitable as long as: There is little or no shading. We can find a suitable means of attaching the panels to the roof (either by fixing to the underlying joists or by using free standing ballasted mounting frames).

Do I need planning permission?

Recent changes to planning law mean that a PV system on a domestic dwelling usually counts as 'permitted development' and can be installed on a sloping roof without the need for planning permission, as long as the panels project no more than 200mm from the roof surface-If you are in any doubt we have a standard letter which you can send to planning.

If your installation is on a non-residential property, a flat roof or if your property is a flat, listed building or located in a conservation area or World Heritage site you will require listed building consent or planning consent.

How long does the installation take?

Our installations typically take two or three days. We can usually fit your installation in within two to four weeks of receiving your signed quotation acceptance.

Will there be any disruption?

There will obviously be some but we work hard to ensure that we make as little impact as possible on your routine. The internal electrical work takes about a day. The roof work takes one to two days, depending on how many panels you have. We always tidy up after ourselves!

Will scaffolding be required?

For most installations scaffolding will be required. This is to protect our workmen whilst working on the roof and to comply with health and safety legislation. In the case of 'new build' installations scaffolding is usually already in place.

How much maintenance is required?

Very little maintenance is required for solar photovoltaic systems. On a sloping roof panels will automatically be cleaned by the rain; in addition the glass on the panels is self-cleaning glass. As a precaution we recommend the panels should be cleaned every five years. This can usually be carried out from the ground using a low pressure washer and a long lance (no detergent or abrasives).

Is my roof suitable?

 

A sloping roof will be suitable as long as: It faces south, south east, south west, east or west (or anything in between these). A south facing roof is best and gives the highest output. If your roof is north east, north west or north facing it will still generate power, but not enough to justify the installation from a financial point of view.

There is little or no shading.

 

A flat roof will be suitable as long as: There is little or no shading. We can find a suitable means of attaching the panels to the roof (either by fixing to the underlying joists or by using free standing ballasted mounting frames).

 

Do I need planning permission?

 

Recent changes to planning law mean that a PV system on a domestic dwelling usually counts as 'permitted development' and can be installed on a sloping roofwithout the need for planning permission, as long as the panels project no more than 200mm from the roof surface-If you are in any doubt we have a standard letter which you can send to planning.

 

If your installation is on a non-residential property, a flat roof or if your property is a flat, listed building or located in a conservation area or World Heritage site you will require listed building consent or planning consent.

 

How long does the installation take?

 

Our installations typically take two or three days. We can usually fit your installation in within two to four weeks of receiving your signed quotation acceptance.

Will there be a lot of disruption?

 

Will there be any disruption?

 

There will obviously be some but we work hard to ensure that we make as little impact as possible on your routine. The internal electrical work takes about a day. The roof work takes one to two days, depending on how many panels you have. We always tidy up after ourselves!

 

Will scaffolding be required?

 

For most installations scaffolding will be required. This is to protect our workmen whilst working on the roof and to comply with health and safety legislation. In the case of 'new build' installations scaffolding is usually already in place.

 

How much maintenance is required?

 

Very little maintenance is required for solar photovoltaic systems. On a sloping roof panels will automatically be cleaned by the rain; in addition the glass on the panels is self-cleaning glass. As a precaution we recommend the panels should be cleaned every five years. This can usually be carried out from the ground using a low pressure washer and a long lance (no detergent or abrasives).