Before you can install a solar PV system, your home needs an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). An EPC rates a building’s energy efficiency from A (the most efficient) to G (the least). To install a solar PV system, you will need a rating of D or above. Read more about EPCs on the uSwitch website.
An accredited energy assessor will grade your home’s energy performance. To find one near you, go to Gov.uk.
You will need a certified solar panel installer to advise you on all the regulations surrounding solar PV. We’ve teamed up with Which? Trusted Trader The Phoenix Works who can (if you choose) handle the entire process from initial enquiry to final installation.
Whoever you choose as you installer, they will need need to visit your home to perform a solar energy survey. This will ensure you get the right system for your property as well as an accurate projection of the amount of power you’ll be able to generate.
Once your solar PV system is installed, it’s largely maintenance-free. Your installer will give you a troubleshooting checklist and details of regular maintenance checks. Provided your panels are kept clean and clear of overgrown foliage, they should last 25 years or more. Your inverter might not last quite as long as this, but provided it’s properly maintained it shouldn’t need to be replaced for years.
Read more in our content hub article: Top reasons to use solar energy.
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