Accreditation, Insurance & Warranties
When you choose Geo Green Power for your solar panel installation, you can feel assured that we work to the highest professional standard. Our solar PV installers have accreditations and certifications with CHAS, Gas Safe Register, IET, MCS, NICEIC, and RECC.
We are fully insured for the work that we carry out, and we only work with the highest quality providers of solar PV panels including JA Solar Panels, CanadianSolar, Sharp, Panasonic, and more. In other words, you can enjoy complete peace of mind in the knowledge that you will have an excellent quality panel perfectly installed.
Our solar PV panels carry a 25-year warranty, and our installations carry a 24-month warranty, meaning you are protected for the long-term.
25 Year Warranty on Solar Panels
24 Month Warranty on Solar Installations
Gas Safe Registered
Installation Process & Costs
For domestic properties interested in reducing their energy costs, a system will typically cost anywhere between £4,000 and £8,500 – although this can vary depending on the size of your property and the type of installation you are interested in. The cost of installation is factored into the cost of the project. However, if required, installation costs can be broken down separately.
Where Can You Install Solar Panels?
You may have only ever seen solar panels installed on rooves. There are four ways that panels can be installed on your roof:
- Flat Roof – for flat roofs, panels can be laid in tubs or on frames to ensure that they achieve the correct elevations to maximise sunlight.
- Pitched Roof – pitched roofs are perfect for solar and depending on the direction in which they face standard metal fixing frames are used to hold panels in place directly on top of the existing roof tiles or surface.
- In-Roof – if you are in the process of fitting a new roof, you can save on material and labour costs by installing in-roof solar. An in-roof system replaces a section of tiles and lies flush with the overall surface of the roof. In-roof solar installations are perfect for new build and renovation projects.
- Solar Slate – if you own a listed property solar slate tiles are an option. These solar installations have the appearance of a standard slate tile roof and the ability to generate solar power.
- Façade – An alternative to a roof installation, solar panels can also be integrated onto the façade of your building.
For large scale commercial installations, we often install at ground level. This can be ideal if you have sufficient space to angle the panels and get as much sunlight as possible. This may also be possible for domestic properties, although it is always dependent on whether the panels can get enough sunlight to make them worthwhile.
- Tubs – ground mount tubs enable you to achieve a low-profile ground-mounted solution and they work well with smaller and domestic installations
- Frame – most large-scale ground-mounted systems use frames to deliver the best elevation. On agricultural land, increased ground clearance allows for additional use, giving poultry and other livestock the freedom to roam freely.
How Long Does a Solar PV Installation Take?
Summarized below are typical install timeframes for different sized systems:
- Up to 4kW (Residential) – 1 day
- Up to 50kW (Commercial/Farm) – 3 to 4 days
- Up to 100kW (Large Commercial) – 5 to 7 days
- Up to 250kW (large factory / commercial operation) – 2 to 3 weeks
Got a question?
James oversees all of our solar PV installations. Get in touch today to organise a no-obligation consultation about your next project.
How Long Does it Take for Solar Panels to Pay for Itself?
This is a difficult question to answer as it depends on a range of variables including the size and position of your solar array, as well as your location. Parts of the country that get more sun – generally those more southerly – naturally get a better yield from their solar array and will pay it off sooner.
A larger array can offer greater possibilities in terms of yield, but can also result in additional costs relating to maintenance which can complicate the payback time.
Solar PV Installation Process
Customers can send an initial enquiry using our online form, via our online Live Chat, over the phone or they can simply send an email. Either way we’re delighted that you have thought of us!
After receiving an initial enquiry, our surveyors will call to gain some more information on the project and the property and view the site via satellite. It’s essential for our team to understand current electricity costs, energy usage and the space available for solar panels to determine the size of the system required and whether it will meet the goals for the project.
If the project is progressing we’ll arrange a survey to visit the site and discuss the installation further. We’ll look at the roof or external space and assess the best location for the inverters and cable run. A site visit enables us to understand the project in more detail and assess the costs involved. This is also a perfect opportunity for a thorough discussion about products and warranties and a chance to ask lots of questions.
Once the on-site survey is completed, our surveyor will discuss the project with the rest of the team, feed back on any queries raised during the site visit and provide a personalised quote for you to consider.
Once we receive the go ahead your project is handed over to our operations team and we begin making your renewable energy plans a reality.
For normal domestic properties, there is no requirement to gain planning permission, as long as the property is not a listed building and the installation sticks to the guidelines. Standalone panels can also be installed without seeking planning permission, although the size of the array is limited to 9m2, and no part of the installation can be higher than 4m. The array must also be at least 5m from the property.
In general, the requirements for commercial installations are the same as domestic installations, however, we can provide specific advice about your individual situation as necessary.
Our team will manage all of the planning requirements on your behalf. This will include local planning applications and liaising with your DNO to enable you to connect your system to the electricity network.
Lead members of our technical team will visit your site to specify scaffolding and access equipment, agree the installation process and ensure that when we come to install we have everything we need. Any issues highlighted during the initial survey will be carefully considered and a plan or resolution agreed with you, this could be an alternative cable route or a slight modification of the design.
When booking the pre-installation survey you’ll be given an indicative installation date and following this visit we will be able to confirm this with you.
A few days before your installation our scheduling team will contact you to confirm that everything is still on track and outline a start dates, any deliveries, and if required the erection of scaffolding.
Throughout the install our scheduling team will be on hand, and a site contact will also keep you posted on how we are progressing. We aim for the process to be as smooth as possible from start to finish and use our considerable experience of installing Solar PV for over 10 years to ensure this.
On the final day of the installation one of our team will walk you through the system and explain how everything works. You will also be registered for online monitoring if this is something that you have opted for.
Following completion our electricians will provide a detailed schematic, which will outline the new system and the positioning of the solar PV components. You will also receive a copy of the electrical certificate, a solar array test report and a full Operations & Maintenance Manual. If your scheme qualifies, you will receive a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certification within two or three days of us registering your installation.
Your full installation will be under warranty for a year; should you encounter any issues or concerns you can contact the team and we will be happy to resolve them either over the phone or return to site as required.
We recommend an annual service and system check to ensure that your system remains in full working order.
Our Installation Team
The team on site will be a combination of experienced solar panel installers and qualified electricians. We are always working on a number of installations and the requirements on site for our team change as these progress. We aim for the same team members to be on your site throughout the installation process to reduce the need for you to induct people to your site or provide briefings, but some customers do meet more of our team members.
Solar Panel Maintenance Requirements
Solar panels typically require very little in the way of maintenance. They have no moving parts and typically generate electricity without a reduction in efficiency for many years. However, to ensure your panels remain in the best possible condition and run effectively, we recommend a yearly servicing.
This yearly servicing includes an inspection of the electrical hardware, cabling, mountings and panels and recommend any cleaning or maintenance requirements. We will also carry out electrical testing, and clean the heat sink and filters.
Boost Your Usage With Batteries
You may also be interested in battery back-up and storage to support your solar panel array. Having a battery in place allows you to store any surplus power generated during the day, which can then be used at a later time when the panels are not producing electricity.
We offer a full range of solar batteries from renowned brands including Tesla, Sunny Boy, Symo and more. If you would like to have batteries installed this can be carried out at the same time as your solar panel installation.
Pigeons often build their nests in awkward locations, and one of the areas that they can favour is underneath solar panels as it’s shaded and offers protection against the elements.
During your solar installation we can pigeon proof your panels, just ask us when making your enquiry and we can add it to your order. We are unable to retro fit pigeon proofing but have created a guide on recommendations to help you deal with pigeons.