HOW LONG DO SOLAR PANELS LAST?
Manufacturers give a 25 year performance warranty but If solar panels are installed and maintained properly, you can expect them to last up to 35-40 years.
DO SOLAR PANELS NEED MAINTENANCE?
Typically solar panels require very little maintenance. You should get an annual service to check all components and clean your panels. Gechnology offer a yearly maintenance service which you can book online.
WHAT SIZE SOLAR SYSTEM DO I NEED?
The size of the system you need depends on several factors: how much electricity you use, how much money are you willing to invest and what is the size of your roof. We can do all the hard work for you all we need is for you to book for us to visit you and your property.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SOLAR PANELS?
Not only will you reduce your electricity bill but you will also make money through the Feed-in tariff. By installing solar panels, you will increase the overall value of your home and be less energy dependent since solar energy will be generating a big part of your energy needs. Besides the financial benefits, you will reduce your carbon footprint and have less impact on the environment.
WHAT IS THE FEED IN TARIFF?
The Feed-in Tariff is a governmental program encouraging the installation of Solar Panels. You will receive payments from your energy supplier for the electricity you generate, even if you do not use it in your household. Payments are usually made quarterly, they are tax free and indexed to the inflation rate. Gechnology are fully MCS certified to complete all your installation and paperwork.
HOW MUCH COULD I SAVE WITH SOLAR ENERGY?
If you install a 4kW solar system, installed on a south facing roof, it can generate up to 3900 kWh. This means that you will receive around £260 from the generation and export tariff. On top of that, you can save close to £450 from your electricity bill. Of course, the savings will vary in different households due to specific factors, but if we follow the example of a 4kW system, you could be saving around £710 per year.
HOW DO SOLAR PANELS WORK?
Solar panels are made from small solar cells. The cells absorb the sunlight and turn it into DC (direct current) electricity. The DC electricity is then converted into AC (alternative current) electricity, by a device called inverter, and is fed to your internal power grid. Solar Panels create your own independent small power station.
WHAT IS AN EPC?
An EPC is an energy performance certificate that assesses how energy efficient your home is. In order to qualify for a FIT you have to have an EPC rating of D or above.
Gechnology are fully qualified to undertake EPC assessments as part of our one stop solution.
DO I NEED PLANNING PERMISSION?
Most EPC domestic and commercial properties will not need planning permission.
Some exceptions however are listed EPC buildings and properties in a National Park, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or a conservation area. In all cases you should contact your local authority to seek clarification.
IS SOLAR STILL A GOOD INVESTMENT?
Solar is still a great investment and is better than investing your money in some saving accounts or ISA's. The price of solar panels have reduced and the FIT can provide an attractive source of income. If you are looking for an ethical place to put your money then Solar PV will benefit you and the planet.
IS MY ROOF STRONG ENOUGH?
Prior to any installation, we carry out a full technical survey is completed, which includes a structural assessment to ensure wind and snow loadings are within the requirement.
If it is found that your roof is not strong enough, generally your roof can be strengthened by Gechnology.
DO SOLAR PANELS NEED LOTS OF SUN?
No, Solar Panels work in all daylight conditions and actually work at their optimum at 10ºc. In fact, if it gets too hot they start to become increasingly inefficient.
The myth that you need to be in a hot sunny country for solar panels is a myth not a fact. The UK actually provides an ideal climate for great solar energy production.
AM I OFF GRID WITH SOLAR PANELS?
Solar PV panels alone will not give you electricity 24 hours a day as they only produce electricity in daylight hours. You would need alternative energy sources or a battery system as well as Solar PV panels to be able to come off grid. We design systems to maximise your self consumption needs. On average most customer are between 70 - 90% off grid.
DO I NEED A SOUTH FACING ROOF?
No, Solar Panels work well on any roof facing. South, South West and South East generally are known as the best roofs. With Gechnology this is not true. Although your Solar Panels will perform better and produce more electricity if they are South facing, they will still perform correctly if designed correctly facing East, West, North East and North West.
DO YOU GUARANTEE HOW MUCH ENERGY MY PANELS WILL GENERATE?
Gechnology will guarantee the performance ratio of our installations which means that we will guarantee the amount of energy that will be generated in a year relative to the amount of energy that falls on the panels. To get this guarantee the system must be on a SolarEdge installation.