Solar Panel Installation
If your looking to reduce your electricity consumption or improve your green credentials installing solar panels on your roof or choosing to install panels on a ground mount system are both great ways to lower your electricity bill and generate your own electricity for free.
Types Of Solar Panels
There are many types of solar panels available for your installation and we can provide the best panels to suit the job.
Solar Panel Installation
Depending on the size of installation the majority of domestic installations are completed in 1 -2 working days.
Solar panels work best on a south-facing roof, however, a roof facing south-west or southeast direction work as well, we don’t advise them to be installed on a north-facing roof as the amount of production will be very low.
Popular Solar Panel Installation Locations
The most popular place for solar panels to be installed is on the roof. Most rooftop installations require scaffolding. If you have any spare land the other option is a ground-mount system. Both types of installation will require a survey to determine if any trees or buildings are partially covering the panels
Solar panels require very little maintenance, we recommend an annual electrical inspection and yearly clean.
How Much Do Solar Panels Cost?
Solar Panel Installation Cost Saver
Over the past few years, the price of panels has significantly dropped and made the idea of solar panel installation much more appealing to homeowners. A typical 4kWp system costs around £5200 excluding scaffolding.
Depending on your roof size a typical three to four-bedroom house should accommodate a 4kW system or 16 standard panels. Systems greater than 4kW may require permission from the local distribution network operator which may also incur an additional cost. If your home has the roof space and the local grid operator can handle the additional capacity it is possible to install up to 10kWp.
Save On Solar Panel Installation At Empower
Having solar installed on your domestic property gives you the chance to save on energy bills as well as monitor your solar panel performance and adjust your monthly spending's through the monitoring app. Being aware of what your spending gives you an advantage over most households that are charged overpriced electricity rates but don’t have the option to monitor and control it.
Is My Home Right For Domestic Solar
We complete solar panel installations for different sized homes across the UK however, when installing solar panels you should bear in mind that because solar is natural energy produced by the sun if your home is located in a particularly shady area then your system is going to generate significantly less than a solar panel system that is located somewhere with better accessibility to the sun.
Another thing to consider before starting the process of your solar panel installation is which direction your roof is facing. South-facing roofs are ideal for solar panel installs because they tend to produce the most power and be therefore be the most efficient, but solar can also work well with south-east and west facing roofs. This makes solar convenient to the majority of homes.
Solar Panel System Monitoring
Choosing solar panel installation on your property is a big decision to make and a huge lifestyle change, so knowing you've got a monitoring system that constantly follows the progress of your solar systems panels as well as showing you a number of other useful things, such as how much energy your system is generating, when it's generating that energy and if there are any problems or faults with your system SolarEdge monitoring will put your mind at ease knowing your not in the dark.
How Many Solar Panels Does My Home Need?
The bigger the solar system, the more energy it will produce. Each household is different and therefore requires a different number of solar panels to accommodate their energy usage. 4kw is an average size system for a family house, however, when deciding how many panels you'll need it's important to factor in the number of people who live at the house and how much electricity your home uses every month on average.
Solar Edge Inverters
An inverter is an important part of what makes up a solar system because it converts the DC electricity that solar panels generate into AC electricity with the purpose that the electricity generated can then be applied for everyday home uses such as watching TV, hoovering. A large number of people keep their inverters indoors so if this is a consideration for you, we advise keeping it in a cool, maintained area such as your garage where the temperature will accomadate the inverter perfectly allowing it to optimize power to the best of its ability.
How long does a typical solar installation take?
Most Domestic solar systems can be installed within 1-2 days, but a lot of our domestic installations don't take more than 1 day to complete.
Do I Need Planning Permission?
As long as all of the necessary requirements are met planning permission isn’t usually required for domestic installations unless you live in a listed building or conservation. This implement was brought in 2008 making solar more accessible for homeowners without any hassle involved.
Is Solar Energy Efficient?
Generally, most solar panels will have a warranty of around 20 years. Panels tend to reduce in efficiency by around 0.5%-1% a year which still means that after 20 years of use your solar panels are still 80% efficient and could still be usable even after the warranty period is up.
Choosing The Best Panels
With a range of different solar PV options for you to choose from, how do you find the best fit for you? At Empower Energy Ltd, we present a variety of solar panel suppliers including: Canadian solar, LG, Panasonic, Peimar. Proven to be some of the top PV panels on the market, we are proud to be able to offer you the best of the best, for ultimate efficiency, and durability throughout.
What Responsibility Do We Have As Your Solar Panel Installers?
As your MCS accredited installers, we make sure we provide you with a proposed system and quote before the solar panel installation is underway. Giving you the full details
of your solar system from the cost to the design and size of your PV system. This is a guided process that requires attention to detail in order for your installers
to get your solar system exact.
Is Your Roof South-Facing?
Asking the question of what orientation your roof is facing is vital to understand how much productivity you'll get out of your solar panels. South-facing roofs provide maximum electricity generation due to the fact that the sun will rise in the east and then set in the west so, south-facing panels tend to get a large proportion of direct sunlight and aren't covered by a shadow that lowers the overall productivity.
However, if this isn't a viable option for you, there are other options to consider. East and west-facing roofs also generate electricity that you could use for your household. While your electricity generation won't be as high as if your solar panel orientation was south-facing you can still benefit significantly from your solar system.
Is There Enough Roof Space on My Property For Solar Panel Installation?
This is an essential question when inquiring about solar panel installation on your property. Solar systems take up a lot of room on your roof so it’s important you know how much space you have, whether there is enough room for a solar system at all and if so how many panels your roof space can fit. An average household has between 16 and 20 panels.
Are There Any Blockages That Could Obstruct Your Sunlight?
To be able to get maximum efficiency out of your solar system, you'll need to check your surroundings for any blockages that could reduce the amount of sunlight your solar panels are going to receive. Things such as high hedges, tall buildings, trees could be possible barriers to your roof and therefore affect your light. Household owners who are considering solar panel installation on their roof need to way up the possible problems this could cause.
Designed for a Smarter Future
Putting Control Back In Your Hands
- Reducing you energy bills
- Reducing your carbon footprint
- Putting you in control of your electricity
Solar panel installation is a well worth it investment for everybody involved. Whether you're looking for a quick and easy solution immediately or your planning ahead for the future Empower makes it an easy and seamless process for every customer. As a company that prides ourselves on selling our customers, high quality, respectable products we couldn't be happier to explain how solar edge inverters can make a difference to your everyday routine. Solar edge provides you with the freedom to check your solar system wherever you are, whenever with an app that delivers a variety of useful elements. An intelligent operation, leagues above the rest.
Their smart optimisers maximize energy efficiency and work hard to keep your system performing. Unlike most others, solar edge inverters are designed to ensure that even if one panel on your system is under performing or not working properly this won't affect the rest of the panels ability to function.
Solar Maintenance Packages
Keeping your solar panels at the top of their game means keeping them monitored and maintained throughout the years to ensure maximum productivity. Here at Empower, we offer excellent maintenance packages to all of our customers. This includes annual solar panel cleaning, free engineer callouts, yearly electrical testing and inspection, remote monitoring & data logging with the most advanced SolarEdge technology.
You get all of this for a fee of £185 for the entire year. This means you'll be alerted immediately if anything unusual were to happen on your solar system. we can then react quickly to resolve the problem and provide you with continued energy savings. Our expert team can install replacement parts under warranty and even provide upgraded products with greater benefits to you. So you can relax knowing we've got your panels covered.
Our new solar cleaning machine is used to get the best possible results whilst carrying out your domestic solar panel maintenance leaving you with aesthetically pleasing panels.
Quality As Standard
We only use approved, high quality components from commercial scale panels and inverters right down to the nuts and bolts. Therefore this means that your system will work to the maximum of it's potential and is less likely to need repairs and replacements parts over it's lifespan due to corrosion and general wear.
The SolarEdge system architecture depends upon the inverter constantly telling the power optimiser behind each module to let the power through and send it down to the inverter. In the event that the SolarEdge inverter is turned off, the optimisers stop receiving these signals and cut off the bulk of the power on the roof, bringing each module down to a safe 1 volt.
We supply our Clients with advanced monitoring software to keep track of your system's performance wherever you are in the world, the platform can be accessed through the internet or smart phone, ensuring you keep up to date with your systems performance.
Domestic Solar Panel Installations
Empower Energy Ltd can take care of every part of the solar panel installation for you, right from the initial survey to helping with the forms to your electricity supplier.
The whole solar installation process is very straightforward, causes minimal disruption, and is often completed right through from scaffold erection to being signed off in less than a week.
We can organise the scaffolding, our specialised roofers fit the supports and our team of highly experienced fitters and electricians fit the solar panels and do the internal electrical work.
You can rest assured of a courteous, prompt and professional service. We are also fully insured so you can feel safe in the knowledge that in the unlikely event of an accident we are completely liable for and damage.
The Devil Is Really In The Detail
We use PV sol EXPERT advanced planning software to get the very best from your solar panel installation before we even touch a single cable. This helps us take into account every variable that could impact on the performance of your solar system both now, and in the future. It helps us with problems such as:
- Define the extent to which roof objects could cause shading.
- Calculate shade frequency distribution for each individual module with millimetre precision to optimise panel placement.
- Precisely customise surrounding objects with great accuracy to give you a complete and accurate picture of your solar setup.
- Produce a 3D animation of shading over a day or a year.
Roof Hook Mounting
Key FactsInstalled October 2013
Size 4 KWp
Panels Used Rec
Estimated Annual Output 4,280 KWH
The Old Rectory
Key FactsInstalled July 2020
Size 4.55 KWp
Optimisers Solaredge P370-MC4
Key FactsInstalled July 2020
Size 3.38 KWp
Panels Used Canadian Solar