Solar PV Panels – Your Questions Answered

Is there enough sun in the UK for solar panels to work?

Believe it or not there is. The UK actually receives the same amount of sunlight as parts of France and Spain. Solar panels are powered by light – not heat or direct sunlight. So even when it is raining solar PV panels are still absorbing more than enough energy.

“Domestic solar panel installation in the UK does not require planning permission”

Are there different types of solar panels?

To generate electricity you require photovoltaic panels (PV) panels. These fall into three types; monocrystalline, polycrystalline and amorphous.

Monocrystalline are the most efficient as they are cut from a single piece of silicon. These are the type supplied by Energy Gain UK.

Polycrystalline are made up of a number of pieces of silicon, whilst a cheaper alternative they are less efficient.

Amorphous are the newest type. They are made from thinner silicon, making them less rigid so more suitable for curved rooftops.

Do you need planning permission for solar panels?

Planning permission regulations were altered in 2008 to make the installation of renewable technologies a more straightforward process. This has meant that most domestic solar panel installations in the UK do not require planning permission. We will of course advise on your particular circumstances as part of our initial site survey.

How long does installation take?

The average solar panel installation only takes 1 – 2 days.

How do I claim the Feed-In Tariff?

Once you have installed your Solar PV system Energy Gain UK will provide you with a certificate to confirm your installation meets with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) standards. You can then either contact your existing electricity supplier or to change and apply through another one. They will then arrange the payment process with you.

Can I get a Solar Loan?

Our Solar Loans gives 95% of homeowners the opportunity to own their own renewable system.   The Energy Savings and Feed In Tariff payments cover 90% of the annual solar loan payments, meaning there is a very small outlay by the homeowner. Flexible solar loan terms allow you to determine the period and cost, while the income stream continues for 20 years.

To get a competitive quote for a solar panel system  simply complete the contact form or give us a call on 0161 330 7739.

We are based in Ashton-Under-Lyne and have carried out over 500 installations including many solar panel system repairs  in the last 5 years alone.


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