Build A Solar Home in the UK with Solar Panels
Solar Panels are a great investment for all the new buildings in the UK. The sole reason why these solar panels are getting popular is because they are renewable source of energy and save homeowners from the hefty electricity bills.
If you are constructing your own house and looking for efficient yet cost effective ways to save money, Solar Panels are a perfect choice.
Though Solar Panels in the UK are usually a retrofit, owners of new buildings are also interested in installing this renewable source of energy. But, since there are many legal requirements applicable, new building owners will have to take care of the building regulations that come with installing a solar PV.
Building Regulations in the UK :
- The adjustments and tilt of the expected installation site are important as the solar PV is most effective when fitted to a roof that faces south with 30 degrees tilt. The Solar PV also demands a total roof space of about 10 to 25 square meters. However, there are no specifications on the shape of the roof.
- If there is any shade over the solar PV, it can hugely impact the performance of your solar panel. So, it is important to make sure that the area where the installation has to occur has no overhanging branches of trees. Also, you need to make sure that the panels are nowhere fitted in the shadow of a chimney or television aerial.
Permitted Developments in the UK :
Mostly, you won’t require any specific permission to plan a solar PV in new buildings as these panels cover the “Permitted Developments” (PD) under the relevant legislation. However, to completely avoid the permissions, you must fulfill certain requirements:
- The panels should not be installed above the highest point of the property (not including chimneys)
- They should be fitted in a way that least affects the external appearance of the property and the surrounding area
- Lastly, they should not protrude more than 200mm from the surface of your roof
There can be random inspections and people from the local building control office can visit your building to check the specifications.
Until 2011, Solar power industry in the UK was limited and only a small sector invested in using this renewable source of energy. However, the installation base rapidly increased thereafter, thus reducing the cost of photovoltaic panels. According to the statistics, by January 2017, the total capacity of solar panels was 11,642 megawatt (MW). In today’s date, the UK stands in the 6th position when we talk about solar installation.
Many resources call the solar power energy as the fit and forget technology.
This simply means that once you install a solar power in your new building, you can literally forget about it being there. Moreover, it doesn’t affect the aesthetics of your house. Companies that deal with solar energy panels make sure that its solar panel is not only fitted properly but is also looks pleasing to the eye.
The low maintenance property of the solar PVs is another advantage that cannot be missed. If you are purchasing a new home for your family and installing a PV panel, a solar PV lasts up to 25 years.
How much space does the Solar heater needs?
A solar panel system does not take your internal home space. You only have to make some area for an inverter unit that comes with the system. The inverter unit is compact enough to be easily installed and bolted to a wall in your garage. Since you have paid a good amount of money for every square meter of your house, a solar heating system is a preferred choice over bulky biomass boilers or other renewable alternatives.
What are the advantages of installing a solar panel in new builds?
If you buying a new house in the UK, you’ll have to include energy saving measures and offsets such as cheap, newly built solar panels. You can also include the solar panels or solar thermal systems in your property. Properties can be designed and built to incorporate the technology more ergonomically so they do not look too unsightly. Solar panels can often be seen as unsightly when added onto much older buildings.
New builds give builders and contractors the chance to install significantly cheaper solar panels. They can also skip on replacing the existing systems that historically would have been an extra obstacle to installation.
There is no doubt the long-term financial and environmental factors that far outweigh the relatively inexpensive cost of initial outlay.
Whom should you contact?
If you are installing solar panels for your house the first time, make sure you only connect with the experts in the field!
Get in touch with us at Renewable Energy Hub by simply filling up a form. Our sales team will contact you to set a suitable time for meet-up and inspection. We will arrange a site survey to make sure the installation process is easy and a value for your money. We will also tailor the design to your power needs and roof capability.
Only after you have a clear understanding of the complete process we ask you to enter the Installation Agreement and pay a deposit for your panel. This Agreement will have a copy of your Land Registry details to confirm your ownership to the house.
You are given a time limit of 14 days to decide whether or not you want to move forward with the installation of the panels. If you say yes, our experts help you with a suitable date for the installation. But, if you’ve changed your mind, we will happily refund the deposit amount back into your account and will not take the process further.
The Installation of these heaters take around 1 to 2 days. Only after you are completely satisfied with our installation and services, we ask you for the final payment in lieu of the Gold Care Package to enjoy free power supply.
Areas where we install solar panels:
- Housing association properties
- New housing developments
- Public sector buildings including council offices, schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, fire stations and prisons
- Agricultural buildings
- Commercial and retail buildings
Call us at 01392 693900 to get more details!
Originally published at niume.com.