Can I get independent advice for Feed in Tarriff?
Yes – visit the government website on https://www.gov.uk/feed-in-tariffs/overview
What happens during your free solar PV energy survey?
One of our engineers will visit the property to talk you assess the viability of Solar PV panels for your property. We look at a variety of factors – e.g. appropriate roof (including pitch and orientation) or ground location for the solar panels, considerations for electrics and wiring, potential shading issues, choice of inverters (central inverters are in the property or wall mounted, micro inverters are attached to the solar panel).
You will receive a report detailing suitability for Solar PV installation, how much energy you could export to generated and a MCS approved full payback calculator. We have a number of successful installations of North East facing roof areas so don’t be put off getting a (free) full assessment
What does PV in Solar PV stand for?
PV stands for Photovoltaic – this is the method of converting solar energy into electricity.
How long are solar PV panels guaranteed?
Each manufacturer has a different guarantee level with their panels. Often, they will guarantee a percentage output after 10 / 15 /20 years. Your Severn Valley Renewables representative will advise you of the options available. All installation work is backed up by a 2 year guarantee as recommended by RECC.
Which Solar Panels do you recommend?
We will advise the choices available to you. Leading manufacturers of Solar PV Panels include SolarWorld, Panasonic and LG, although many others are available.
How much does it cost to install Solar Panels on my house?
Your Solar PV Energy Survey will advise you on the cost of installation and a full MCS approved payback calculator
How much can I make from installing Solar PV Panels?
Depends on a number of contributing factors – location, roof pitch, shading etc. You solar PV panel survey is designed to give you an indication of install costs and payback time.
Do I need planning permission for Solar PV panels?
Most properties don’t require formal planning permission, even conservation areas (such as Pontesbury, Haverley, Abbey Foregate, Coton Hill) have successful Solar PV installations.
However, you should contact your local planning department for clarification though.
What is Feed in Tariff (FITs)?
The Feed In Tariff Scheme is a Government initiative that pays you for any electicity you generate that you do not use and the you export back to the grid You can find out more here (link to OFGEM)
What is an EPC?
EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate and gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years. View more information here – https://www.gov.uk/buy-sell-your-home/energy-performance-certificates
Do I need an EPC for my property?
To achieve the higher rate FIT payments – Yes. All Solar PV panel projects need an EPC certificate or valid exemption letter
Do I need to clean my Solar PV panels?
Yes, you will need to clean your solar panels to maintain output. Contact Severn Valley Renewables for a copy of our Solar panel maintenance guide
How do I know how much my energy my Solar PV panel generates?
With Sunny Explorer you have access to past and present performance of your solar PV panels – how much energy they are generating etc. You can access this information on any smartphone, tablet or computer
Which is the biggest Solar PV panel installation in the world?
The Solar Star near Rosamond in California USA was completed in June 2015 and was the largest solar farm in the world – using 1.7 million SunPower solar panels over a huge 13 square kilometres