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2011/04/04 10:37:17 (permalink)
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Solar panel installers?

Anyone in this line of work, or know anyone that is?
 
I noticed a few houses around mine which have had their roof fully fitted with solar panels. My brother said he has also been on a course and started fitting them on new flat builds.
 
I expect this sort of thing to be the future, although I guess the aesthetics of the panels will improve when fitted to the roofs.
 
How difficult are they to fit and wire up? Can't find many companies around here which do them.
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    Nigeepoo
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    Re:Solar panel installers? 2011/04/04 16:04:12 (permalink)
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    I just had a Solatricity PV installation. See http://nigeepoo.blogspot.com/2011/03/its-not-friday-13th-but.html
     
    Since 3.3.11, I've generated just over £39 of electricity and the Feed In Tariff increased from 41.3p/kWhr to 43.3p/kWhr on 1.4.11. The Export Tariff increased from 3.0p/kWhr to 3.1p/kWhr on the same date.
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    Re:Solar panel installers? 2011/04/04 16:43:46 (permalink)
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    Something I'm considering and been reading all about the FI tariffs etc
     
    What is the rated KW of your system, and if you don't mind me asking, how much was it (tell me to fook off if you don't want to tell me lol)

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    Re:Solar panel installers? 2011/04/04 16:44:57 (permalink)

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    Re:Solar panel installers? 2011/04/04 19:54:36 (permalink)
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    PartyBoySomething I'm considering and been reading all about the FI tariffs etc
    What is the rated KW of your system 1.35kW, and if you don't mind me asking, how much was it (tell me to fook off if you don't want to tell me lol)just over £11k
    You'd find out the cost anyway if you contacted Solatricity.
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    Re:Solar panel installers? 2011/04/04 20:00:42 (permalink)
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    If you care about the environment then I suppose it's worth the money. But if you think it'll be more economical than getting your electricity the standard way then I suspect you'll be disappointed.
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    Re:Solar panel installers? 2011/04/04 20:17:59 (permalink)
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    Im doing plumbing and have been considering doing a course on them. One of my tutors has installed them in his house and all the tutors say it will be worth doing the course and getting into it.
     
    They normally use a flow and return pipe to a cylinder and heat your hot water up. I know its pretty expensive for it all to be installed.
     
    If you're into all that it might be worth looking at ground and air source heat pumps. Still expensive for the parts and installation though.
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    Re:Solar panel installers? 2011/04/04 20:26:39 (permalink)
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    The panels you got are very subtle Nigeepoo, hardly notice them!
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    Re:Solar panel installers? 2011/04/04 20:26:56 (permalink)
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    We've done a ground source pump at a job, there were quite a few trenches dug with a stupid amount of piping layed in each one.
     
    Like Burney said installation can be expensive, instead of trenches you can have boreholes but I know that it's a few grand for each hole.
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    Re:Solar panel installers? 2011/04/04 20:56:47 (permalink)
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    Burney_1988

    Im doing plumbing and have been considering doing a course on them. One of my tutors has installed them in his house and all the tutors say it will be worth doing the course and getting into it.

    They normally use a flow and return pipe to a cylinder and heat your hot water up. I know its pretty expensive for it all to be installed.

    If you're into all that it might be worth looking at ground and air source heat pumps. Still expensive for the parts and installation though.

    this is a different type to the electrical ones they are on about,
    are you doing nvq level2? folowing up with unvented/gas?
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    Re:Solar panel installers? 2011/04/04 20:57:10 (permalink)
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    have fitted quite a few water solar panels, as on site generation is a requirement for most new builds now.  have fitted PV panels once.
     
    HW panels are pretty common now, and a full system can be done for about 6k, but it depends alot on the house.
     
    ground source heat pumps are good, but dont work out quite as efficient as they first appear, and install costs are quite high.  air source pumps while less efficient actually look alot better on an initial outlay basis and returns
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    Re:Solar panel installers? 2011/04/04 20:58:44 (permalink)
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    all are pretty easy to fit.
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    Re:Solar panel installers? 2011/04/04 21:45:27 (permalink)
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    We've done a ground source pump at a job, there were quite a few trenches dug with a stupid amount of piping layed in each one. 
      
    Like Burney said installation can be expensive, instead of trenches you can have boreholes but I know that it's a few grand for each hole. 

     
    We've commissioned a few of these and the customers are over the moon with the savings they've made.
    I've been thinking it would be worthwhile fitting solar panels if for no other reason the government look ready to continue throwing good money after bad with these things. Are they giving discounts on council tax yet for having them?

    "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -   George Orwell
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    Re:Solar panel installers? 2011/04/04 22:06:35 (permalink)
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    Burney_1988

    Im doing plumbing and have been considering doing a course on them. One of my tutors has installed them in his house and all the tutors say it will be worth doing the course and getting into it.

    They normally use a flow and return pipe to a cylinder and heat your hot water up. I know its pretty expensive for it all to be installed.

    If you're into all that it might be worth looking at ground and air source heat pumps. Still expensive for the parts and installation though.

    this is a different type to the electrical ones they are on about,
    are you doing nvq level2? folowing up with unvented/gas?

     
    Ahh right. Im doing C&G level 3 with unvented and gas. I've passed the test for unvented, just doing an installation now (well messing around with a practice one before the real one). The pipework is a pain in the arse
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    Re:Solar panel installers? 2011/04/05 09:38:02 (permalink)
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    jangoIf you care about the environment then I suppose it's worth the money. But if you think it'll be more economical than getting your electricity the standard way then I suspect you'll be disappointed.
    If solar PV merely reduced my leccy bills (by ~12p/kWhr), the return on my investment would be ~1.5%PA, which I can beat with a Halifax WebSaver Extra account.
     
    The 43.3p/kWhr FIT + 3.1p/kWhr ET makes the investment worthwhile. I'm hoping to get ~5.5%PA. If I get that, I shall extend my system from 10 to 24 panels (the maximum that my roof can accomodate).
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    Re:Solar panel installers? 2011/04/05 09:40:42 (permalink)
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    The money u spend on solar panels vs the amount u will save = not bloody worth it and its an eyesore!
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    Re:Solar panel installers? 2011/04/05 09:48:40 (permalink)
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    GavTheOne

    The money u spend on solar panels vs the amount u will save = not bloody worth it

     
    This is true, but the saving by producing your own leccy is not the draw. The main attraction is the Govt incentive payments to have them (Feed In Tariff) .
     
    What concerns me is the long term security of the FIT payments?
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    Re:Solar panel installers? 2011/04/05 10:25:09 (permalink)
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    PartyBoy...The main attraction is the Govt incentive payments to have them (Feed In Tariff) .
    What concerns me is the long term security of the FIT payments?
    That thought crossed my mind, too!
    I wonder what penalty the UK faces if it doesn't meet its target for % energy generated by renewables?
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    Re:Solar panel installers? 2011/06/05 12:51:52 (permalink)
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    Just an update for those interested.
     
    Got a 4kW system installed which is maxing around 3.88kW when the clouds decide to move along. Looking to break even at around year 7.

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    Re:Solar panel installers? 2011/06/05 19:16:59 (permalink)
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    How much did that set you back PB ?
     
    A mate of my dads is getting into the PV game and wants me to think about working with/for him commissioning the systems, so trying to decide what to do RE: mcs accreditation courses et al
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