As the days get longer here in the UK, the enquiries for Photovoltaic (PV) Systems (also known as solar panels) increase.

Simply put, the Solar PV systems are a form of renewable energy, that converts sunlight into electricity, which you can use in your home. The price of solar PV panels has come down dramatically over the last few years, making them a more affordable option for more people. What’s more, solar PV panels will carry 0% VAT for the next  five years starting in April 2022, which will help further save the householder hundreds of pounds on a typical installation cost.

With energy costs expected to rise again in April, this is a good time to find out if they are right for you!

Installing a PV system in your home, or workplace, can bring numerous benefits, but they are not for everyone. In this blog we will talk you through the benefits, how they work best and the installation process.


The benefits of a Photovoltaic (PV) System.


Lower energy bills

When it comes down to it, this is everyone’s first concern. The average typical cost of this system is £6000 and you will naturally want to know that it’s cost effective. In short, yes, they can lower your energy bills as the PV Panels generate energy from the sun which means you can use less energy from the grid, therefore reducing your electricity bills. There is another financial benefit – if your PV system generates more energy than you can use, you can sell excess back to the grid, potentially earning money in the process, or look at battery storage options.

Environmental benefits

We are all looking for ways to help contribute to our environment and these definitely cut your carbon footprint. The PV system generates electricity without producing harmful emissions, making them a clean and renewable energy source.

Increases the value of your property

According to research, properties with a PV System already installed sell for more than those without, as potential buyers are willing to pay more for a home which has lower energy bills and is more environmentally friendly.

Energy Independence

You don’t have to go totally off-grid, but this system means you are not reliant on energy providers, who may increase prices or reduce power supply. With a PV system, you have control over your energy usage and production, giving you greater autonomy and security.

Long term savings

Whilst the initial costs of installing a PV system can be costly, over the long term you can save a significant amount of money. Estimations by The Energy Savings Trust last October, were that a 3.5 kilowatt-peak system can knock between £195 and £480/year off bills at the time. With energy costs continuing to rise, this saving will only increase.

Low Maintenance

PV systems have a lifespan of around 25 years and require minimal maintenance, which means you won’t be spending huge amounts of money on repairs or replacements in the foreseeable future.


Can every home install a PV System?


In most cases you don’t need permission to install a PV system as they are considered a ‘permitted development’. However, if you live in a listed building, conservation area or national park, you may need to get permission.

Space will be a consideration. With the average PV system being around 3.5kwp, they take up around 20m2 of your roof area.

You also need to take into consideration where your roof faces and it’s general condition – the ideal home for a PV system is an unshaded, south-facing roof. East or west facing roofs will generate around 15-20% less energy, but a north facing roof is not recommended. If you are in any doubt, get advice from a professional.

PV panels are tested vigorously to uphold gales and storms, and most are able to withstand high winds.


The installation process


The installation of a PV system has a number of steps. It typically takes a couple of days, depending on the size and complexity of the system.

  • We will send out a technical surveyor to assess your property so they can decide on the best location for the PV panels. Factors such as roof orientation, general condition, shading and the available space will be considered.
  • Next, the system will be designed to meet your energy needs, taking into account the site assessment and your energy consumption.
  • We will then install the equipment. The PV panels, inverter and other equipment will be installed on your roof or ground-mounted system. We will ensure everything is securely mounted and connect the wiring to the panels and inverter.
  • The inverter will then be connected to your home’s electrical system, by our NIC EIC approved electricians allowing the energy generated by your PV system to power your home.
  • Lastly we will inspect and test the system to ensure that it’s functioning correctly and safely.

If you are thinking about installing a PV system in your home or office, it’s important to choose a reputable company, and ensure their technicians are qualified and experienced.

Gregor are MCS-Trusted renewable energy experts and we are always happy to discuss whether this system is right for you. You can find out more here, or get in touch to talk to a member of our team today