Solar thermal collectors positioned facing up at the sky

Solar Thermal and Solar Photovoltaic Collectors

Solar panels are a great way to harness energy from the sun to provide your property with electricity or hot water.  They are environmentally friendly and you can even sell some of electricity that you produce back to the National Grid.

Solar thermal collectors work by using the sunlight to heat the water to provide your property with hot water.

Solar Photovaltaic collectors work by using technology to convert the sunlight into electricity for you to use in your property.

Environmentally Friendly Energy Supplies

Will they work on my property?

Solar panels on house

Solar panels can be mounted on the roof of most properties or on the ground if there is enough space. 

They do need to be in an unshaded area which is mostly south facing.

The panels will work best on a sunny day but they are able to work even on a cloudy day.

Do I need planning permission?

Solar panels on house

Since 2008 solar panels have been deemed a 'permitted development' on domestic properties so there is no need to apply for planning permission. 

If however your property is a listed building or in a conservation area you will need to check with the relevant authorities.  It may still be possible to have solar panels in a conservation area.

How efficient are they?

Solar panels on house

The panels will degrade over time but currently this is about a 20% over 25 years.

They need very little upkeep as long as they are set at a tilt of 15% to keep them clean using rainwater.

By producing your own clean energy you can reduce your carbon footprint by 1 tonne per year.

We can help you to choose the most efficient solar panels for the location of your property.

What is available?

Solar panels on house

There are three different types of solar panel materials these are monocrystaline, polycrystaline and thin film.

All three materials have different pros and cons regarding cost, style, efficiency, design and space required.  We will work with you to design a solar panel solution that best suits your needs based on your property and the available space.

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