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6 Things you need to consider before installing solar panels on your roof

Updated: Apr 22

Are you planning to install solar panels in your home, whether it's owned or rented? There are six important factors to consider before making a decision.

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  1. Roof Suitability: Whether you own or rent your home, it's important to assess whether your roof is suitable for solar panel installation. Consider factors such as its orientation, tilt angle, and shading to maximise its solar exposure. In case you're renting your home, it's recommended to consult with your landlord or property manager to seek permission for installation and ensure that the roof's structural integrity can support solar panels. Bright Electrical Engineering Ltd offers customised designs that cater to the unique requirements of each house. Get the best solar option that is perfect for your home.

  2. Energy Needs and Consumption: Evaluate your household's energy needs and consumption patterns to determine the appropriate size of solar PV system required. For renters, it is essential to take into account lease terms and potential future moves when assessing the feasibility of solar installation. At Bright Electrical Engineering Ltd, we conduct a thorough energy assessment to ensure that your daily energy needs are met, allowing you to maximise the benefits of your solar panels.

  3. Cost and Financial Incentives: Both homeowners and renters can review their options to estimate the initial cost of setting up solar panels and check out potential financial incentives and rebates. Homeowners can take advantage of tax credits and incentives, while renters may need to negotiate with landlords to see if they can save money on electricity bills. Both parties should look into financing options, such as government funding for energy efficiency, such as the ECO4 (The Energy Company Obligation) scheme.

  4. Maintenance and Warranty: It is important to understand the maintenance needs and warranty coverage for the solar PV system. Although solar panels typically require minimal maintenance, homeowners and renters should inquire about warranty coverage to safeguard against potential defects or malfunctions over time. Bright Electrical Engineering LTD provides comprehensive care after installation, so you can rest assured that your solar system is working efficiently.

  5. Regulatory and Permitting Requirements: Before installing solar panels, familiarise yourself with the local regulations, zoning laws, and permitting requirements. Homeowners should obtain the necessary permits, while renters should work with their landlords to ensure compliance with the regulations and obtain permission for installation. You can also explore local grants such as ECO Flex to see if you are eligible for council funding.

  6. Battery Storage: Decide whether to incorporate battery storage into the solar PV system. Battery storage can increase energy independence and resilience, but it adds to the upfront cost and complexity of the system. Both homeowners and renters should evaluate the benefits of battery storage based on their energy needs, available space, and financial considerations. Also, you need an expert like Bright Electrical Engineering LTD who would maximise your investment in the battery.

Both homeowners and renters can make informed decisions about whether to install solar PV systems by considering a range of factors that are specific to their circumstances and goals. Consulting with solar installers or energy specialists can provide further guidance tailored to their needs. If you're considering going solar, why not embark on the journey with us? We'll guide you through each factor so you can relax and enjoy your solar-powered cup of tea.

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