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Solar PV, why is it so popular?

Domestic Solar Power is the renewable technology whose time has come. A combination of soaring energy costs, efficiency gains made by solar panel manufacturers and the Government’s Feed-in-Tariff incentive scheme, mean that installing a domestic Solar PV system has never been better value for money, nor easier to acquire.

With flexible design solutions available for pitched and flat roofs along with wall and ground mounted systems, 900,000+ Solar PV installations in the UK to date alone suggests that Solar Panels cannot be ignored.

How you benefit by installing a Solar PV system:
  1. Reduce your electricity bill.
  2. Protect yourself from future electricity price increases.
  3. Generate a tax free, index-linked income guaranteed for 20 years.
  4. A fast and easy installation.
  5. Minimal on-going maintenance.
  6. Special low 5% VAT rate.
  7. Planning permission friendly.
  8. Adds value to your home

It has never been more affordable

Driven by increased competition and consumer demand, solar panel production volumes have increased worldwide and so unit costs have come down considerably. Simply put, this means that installing a solar energy system has never offered better value for money.

Domestic Solar has come of age

As a registered micro-generator of electricity, you will be paid for all the electricity you generate whether you use some, all, or none of it. You should aim to use as much of the electricity you generate as possible as you will therefore be importing less from the grid. As such you will see a good reduction in your annual electricity bill.

A small amount of the electricity you generate will actually flow back to the grid and you will be paid a small amount for this as well. Adding these three together gives you your annual benefit. So, if you use a lot of electricity in the daytime you will be maximising your return on investment.

For people who work from home and/or retirees for example, domestic solar is a great idea. It’s so flexible. If you use your high demand appliances like dishwashers, washing machines and driers in the daytime, you’ll save even more off your bill; if you have a fish pond with an electric pump or you are lucky enough to have a swimming pool, so much the better.

Low VAT on renewable technology

When you purchase a renewable technology installation such as solar panels, you pay VAT at the much reduced rate of 5%. No wonder the returns on investment are so good and make Solar panels the home improvement investment that pays for itself over and over again.

Earn a tax free income

Under the FIT scheme, your income from micro-generation is index linked and tax free, and it’s guaranteed for 20 years.

A flexible solution

Domestic solar arrays can be installed on pitched or flat roofs, they can even be ground or wall mounted if you have the space available. Panels facing due south are ideal however very profitable systems are possible for all roof types that face from east to west. Flat roofs are often particularly good sites as it is easier to optimise the panels so they capture the most solar irradiation.

Hassle free installation

It is an ideal retro-fit property improvement. Apart from the initial survey and the final hook-up to your mains supply, virtually all the work takes place outside. Most installations are carried out within 1-2 working days so disruption is minimal and your life carries on as normal.

The aesthetic choice

Panel design has evolved. We can now specify surface mounted “all black”, or go for in-roof panels which barely show at all. There are even solar tiles available with different options to suit virtually all types of roof tile. We will advise you on all the options available that suit your particular property.

The green option

Domestic solar will reduce your reliance on non-renewable energy sources like gas, coal and oil and will secure your future against rising energy prices. At the same time, you will have the satisfaction that you are doing your bit for the environment by cutting you emissions of harmful CO2 and thereby reducing your carbon footprint.

Planning permission

Even in conservation areas most installations do not require planning permission, indeed most local authorities are only too keen to see the community get involved in energy efficiency. However, there are cases where property owners will need to seek planning approval for their project. In these cases, Treadlighter will be able to help you through the process by assisting with all documentation. If you think that your property might be subject to planning permission you might like to look at our case studies to see how we have helped numerous customers to a successful outcome.

Adding value to your property

There is an installed base of 900,000+ Solar PV systems in the UK and experts now agree that energy efficiency ranks very highly in determining property decisions. Who wouldn’t prefer to live in a property with low energy bills and one which generates a guaranteed tax-free income? Solar PV really is the home-improvement investment that adds value to your home and pays for itself over and over again.

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