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Are you looking to improve the energy efficiency of your home? Producing your own electricity through solar panels is great for the environment. It can also save you money in the long term too, as you’ll require far less electricity from the national grid.

While most energy-saving steps occur on the inside of your home, solar panels are placed externally on your roof. They are suitable for most roof types and will generate energy whenever it is light outside. If you are interested in solar panels, we’ll connect you with the best solar panel installation experts.

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How do Solar Panels work?

Every hour the sun provides more energy to the earth than the entire world consumes in a year. Solar panels allow homeowners to harness this energy, reducing the need for fossil fuel consumption to power your electricity.

Solar panels are placed onto the roof of your home and will generate electricity whenever it’s light outside. Conducting wires carry the electricity from the solar panels to an inverter inside your home.

When it’s light and your electrical appliances are turned on, they will be powered by your solar panels. If you use your electrical appliances when it’s dark outside, then your energy will come from the national grid.

Any excess energy your solar panels produce will be exported to the national grid. There are various schemes in place such as the feed-in-tariff (FIT), that allow homeowners to financially benefit from this process.

What to look for in a Solar Panel Installer

The expert you choose should be a solar panel installation specialist. Not only should they be fully knowledgeable and experienced, but be qualified and insured to undertake the work.

Different types of Solar Energy

Solar energy is one of the cleanest forms of energy you can generate as it comes straight from the sun. There are various ways you can harness solar energy and here is just a snapshot.

  • General Solar Energy - Many devices and appliances can be powered through the use of solar energy. For example, lighting which otherwise would need batteries or a mains connection. The more solar energy you can use around your home and garden, the less your energy bills will be.
  • Passive Solar Energy - Passive solar energy looks at how the sun hits your home at different times of the year so that you can maximise the natural heat being generated. For example, installing larger windows or adapting your living spaces to the warmer areas.
  • Photovoltaic - This is a method of absorbing sunlight to produce electricity. Solar panels are powered by photovoltaic energy, as are calculators and clocks. It is one of the most popular forms of solar energy and can easily be installed and connected to your mains supply.
  • Solar Water Heating Systems - Solar water heating systems also sit on the roof space in the form of a panel but work slightly differently, in that they provide hot water to your home rather than electricity. They can be used exclusively in a warm climate or in combination with your boiler.

How to check your Solar Panel Installer’s credentials

Reputable solar panel installers will be registered with a relevant trade body such as the Solar Trade Association (SAT). It’s always a good idea to undertake plenty of research before agreeing to any work on your home. Check their online reviews and if they have any trusted trader accreditations.

Can I get Solar Panels online?

It’s possible to order solar panels online. However, given they require expert installation that involves working at height and with electrical systems, it’s always best to entrust a qualified installer.

How many Solar Panels do I need?

The number of solar panels you need depends on the size of your roof and how much electricity you wish to generate. Your budget plays a part too, as the more panels you have put on the more expensive it will be initially. However, over time the idea is that solar panels pay for themselves in the reduction of energy bills you will receive. If your aim is to be greener, the more panels the better.

What is involved in a Solar Panel Installation?

The process of installing solar panels is quite straightforward, and the installation itself can take as little as one day to complete.

Before your installation, the solar panel company you choose will arrange for a survey to take place. They will be assessing the size and direction of your roof, and from there will create a detailed plan of action. It’s good to note that south-facing roofs are preferred due to the light needed to generate electricity.

On the day of the installation, your solar panel provider will create scaffolding around your home so that they can reach your roof space. From there, roof hooks will be installed underneath selected roof tiles, which will keep the rails that hold up the panels in place. Your solar panels are then connected to these rails and will begin to generate electricity immediately once installed.

The solar panels will be internally connected to your electricity supply in your home. You’ll be given a generation meter which indicates how much power your solar panels have produced.

How much do Solar Panels cost?

The cost of solar panels depends on the solar system size (running on a scale of 1kW-4kW) and how many individual panels you wish to install.
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We are new to Bark but recognised as one of the top solar companies in the area. With over 30 years experience in the solar industry, installing and upgrading systems that are as efficient, as they are cost effective. We offer an exclusive warranty for UK homeowners with solar, in order to protect their investment of their solar panel system. EcoClimatech offer a triple indemnity warranty on new and existing systems. We issue an IWA, manufacturers and EcoClimatech warranty. The best part, if we inspect your system and it meets the criteria we can do it at no cost! We offer maintenance for thermal systems, we bring systems that are old to new on a daily basis. We install new systems for those who want to generate their hot water from the sun. We can offer advice for any solar PV system, with years of experience from the directors down to the engineers. Whether you’re interested in a new install, battery storage, new inverters, optimisation or just peace of mind contact us today!

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What do you love most about your job?

What we love is building a long-lasting relationship with you. We value your needs and always strive to deliver the best customer service possible. We are forward-thinking, energy-conscious people who make decisions daily that will one day influence the world we all live in.

What inspired you to start your own business?

After years of working in the construction industry we noticed a gap in the market. There are lots of people with a recognised company to fall back on and help maximise the capabilities of their renewable energy investments.

Why should our clients choose you?

We don't want to please everyone. We just want to please you.

Eco-Climatech works directly with Europe's largest manufacturer of solar products. The majority of these products are rebranded when distributed inside of the UK.

We offer an exclusive warranty for UK homeowners with solar, in order to protect their investment of their solar panel system.

As a result we're recognised as one of the top solar companies in the area.

We take our work very seriously, but we don't take ourselves too seriously. We love doing what we do, and you'll enjoy working with us. Our teams are small and agile, when you work with us you'll feel like part of the family !

Can you provide your services online or remotely? If so, please add details.

Yes! Many of our services can be provided online or remotely. We have always been conscious of our carbon footprint on our planet and have wondered hard to reduce using unnecessary resources. We can often monitor equipment from our office. Obviously, sometimes equipment is not easily accessed so we would offer a home visit but we keep this to the minimum possible.

What changes have you made to keep your customers safe from Covid-19?

Solar heating and hot water continue to be considered an essential service but we take extra precautions such as better cleaning and sanitising ourselves, our vehicles, tools and equipment. Contractors will wear masks and gloves and observe social distancing as per the current government guidelines. We do as much remotely as we can and sometimes even work from home. Please be assured we will never answer the phone to you in our pyjamas.

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Solar panel installation typically falls under permitted development rights, so planning permission isn’t usually required. However, you’ll need to check that the area you live hasn’t had permitted development rights removed. If this is the case, you’ll need to apply for planning permission. If you’re unsure, it’s best to contact your Local Planning Authority for advice.

The best way for solar panels to face is south. This is because south-facing solar panels will get the most possible sunlight through the day and generate the most energy. East and west-facing roofs may also be considered acceptable for solar panel installation, although they will generate around 15% less energy than south-facing solar panels.

The average life of a solar panel is between 25 and 30 years. This depends on the quality and make of the solar panels so it’s a good idea to check with the manufacturer about the estimated life of your chosen panels. Most solar panels will also come with a warranty, during which they will be repaired or replaced without charge if a problem occurs.

The average price of a Solar Panel Installer is £6,000

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