Solar panels

Does anyone have these on their roof?

Had someone round this weekend whose proposing 14 panels that should supposedly cover 3/4 of our energy needs for the year (not including a battery but would also great or water via solar). System would cost 8.5k.

Does anyone have any personal experience of these?

How much were your savings?
Would you recommend the company you used?

Thanks in advance.
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  • JimLadJimLad Forumite
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    Sounds expensive too me. Is that a 4kwh system?

    Our 4kwh system cost £5000 2 years ago.

    3/4 of your energy will be a push as the average household uses most of their energy in the evenings when its not sunny!
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  • Tonks52Tonks52 Forumite
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    Yes, believe it was A 4k system, which salesmen said was the limit of what you can get on a residential premesis​. No idea how true that is but he said that above residential is commercial which gives back less on the feed in tariff and would need planning permission.

    What company did you use please? Would you recommend them? What sort of savings are you making on you install?
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    Tonks52 wrote: »
    Yes, believe it was A 4k system, which salesmen said was the limit of what you can get on a residential premesis​. No idea how true that is but he said that above residential is commercial which gives back less on the feed in tariff and would need planning permission.

    What company did you use please? Would you recommend them? What sort of savings are you making on you install?
    Salesman is talking out of his backside
    You can have any size system on your property it's just anything above 4kWp would need prior approval by your local DNO(district network operator). I have 6.5kWp for instance
    What the salesman probably means is they can't be !!!!!d to apply for approval on your behalf like mine did
    Anything upto 10kWp attracts the same FiT(feed in tariff) so don't listen to the very expensive salesman, try posting your location and you may get some help with local companies that charge a fair price not one that's looking to charge you NEARLY DOUBLE the going rate for a system.
    2 kWp SEbE , 2kWp SSW & 2.5kWp NWbW.....in sunny North Derbyshire
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    Martyn1981Martyn1981 Forumite
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    edited 19 June 2017 at 5:19PM
    Tonks52 wrote: »
    Yes, believe it was A 4k system, which salesmen said was the limit of what you can get on a residential premesis​. No idea how true that is but he said that above residential is commercial which gives back less on the feed in tariff and would need planning permission.

    Hiya Tonks, not an honest salesman, in fact, the 10-50kWp FiT is higher (4.25p v's 4.04p).

    Do you have anymore info, approx roof space, roof orientation, household leccy consumption per year, approx location (nothing too personal)?

    BTW, have you seen the PV FAQ's, link in my autosig.
    Mart. Cardiff. 5.58 kWp PV systems (3.58 ESE & 2.0 WNW)

    For general PV advice please see the PV FAQ thread on the Green & Ethical Board.
  • JimLadJimLad Forumite
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    Between FIT payments, electric savings and Gas savings (immersion heater diverter) i have worked out we make / save about £750 a year from our panels.

    Obviously this is on an older FIT tariff so you will get a lot less now.

    I would hope you could get a complete install for <5k nowadays?
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  • I've just moved from a house where we put in solar panels a couple of years ago and the FiT was 15p or so per kWh.

    But I have an EV and this made a fair amount of difference as I was driving ~30 miles a day doing the school run and as I often work from home I'd trickle charge the car during sunnier days which used up much of the generated energy. I received ~£350 per year in FiT but can't be sure how much electricity I saved as I got the car soon after the panels.

    Now we're a walk away from school and I'm umming and ahhing about getting panels again. I've been quoted £5k for 4kWp but with the much reduced FiT and drastically reduced use of the EV it will be much worse from a purely economical perspective.

    Really it makes so much more practical sense to have storage too and I feel batteries will be a no-brainer but are just too pricey currently. If I had a 10kWh battery that could be filled up 3/4 of the year I'd also consider moving to electricity for heating and cooking etc. If you do go for PV panels do consider getting an inverter that will work with battery storage if you want to have that option in the future.

    I realise I haven't answered your question but I think the answer depends so much on how you use electricity and what other plans you might have. I had no plans to get the EV before I had solar.... You probably won't regret it though if you do...it feels wrong to be sitting here in this bright weather under a roof that is not using some of that energy.
  • Tonks52Tonks52 Forumite
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    Got that impression from him today tbh. He called back to see if I had decided to go ahead. I told him not yet as I wanted to compare to other companies. He then had a good at me as he had paid 180 for the lead, to which I told him want my problem. He wasn't happy and told me it was.

    Also when he was in my house he asked me to fill in my card details so that he didn't have to come back when I wanted to go ahead, just call me and get my authorisation.. luckily I have him false details.
  • JimLadJimLad Forumite
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    Tonks52 wrote: »
    Got that impression from him today tbh. He called back to see if I had decided to go ahead. I told him not yet as I wanted to compare to other companies. He then had a good at me as he had paid 180 for the lead, to which I told him want my problem. He wasn't happy and told me it was.

    Also when he was in my house he asked me to fill in my card details so that he didn't have to come back when I wanted to go ahead, just call me and get my authorisation.. luckily I have him false details.
    :rotfl:

    Definitely not your problem. If he quoted you a competitive price maybe you would have gone with him. Time to block his number methinks.
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  • theboylardtheboylard Forumite
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    Tonks52 wrote: »
    Got that impression from him today tbh. He called back to see if I had decided to go ahead. I told him not yet as I wanted to compare to other companies. He then had a good at me as he had paid 180 for the lead, to which I told him want my problem. He wasn't happy and told me it was.

    Wut?! He paid £180 for the lead from one of the gazillion cold-call shysters? 'E's been 'ad me ol' fruit!!
    I'd also tell him to do one for wasting my time and getting mouthy on the phone: tell him you'll invoice him for £300 - £250 if he pays on the day!! :rotfl:

    Also when he was in my house he asked me to fill in my card details so that he didn't have to come back when I wanted to go ahead, just call me and get my authorisation.. luckily I have him false details.

    That is shocking :eek: That sounds decidedly dodgy on the dodgy salesman's part!!. Why even give false details?!

    You've invited someone into your home, you've let them ramble on for 2-3 hours? They've promised the moon on a stick, they've not been honest with you, and when the nice man asked for payment details, just to speed up the whole thing - you willingly give them?
    Admittedly they were false, but what would have happened if he stood over you and could see the real details?
    You could lose any protection by doing that.

    Being blunt, no disrespect intended, but if you ever do that again, take yourself outside and smack your head against the wall - outside because it's rougher and will leave visible scars to remind you of what a twonk you've been.
    4kWp, SSE, 16 x 250w EcoFuture BoB with retro-fitted SolarEdge P300 optimisers & SE3500 Inverter, in occasionally sunny Corby, Northants.
  • Tonks52Tonks52 Forumite
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    lol certainly some truth in that. but to be honest coudlnt be bothered with his hard sale so just gave him what he wanted (so he thought) just to quickly get rid of him. Unaware at the time how far out his quote was.
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