Solar Installation in Sussex: Frequently Asked Questions
We understand you might have a lot of questions regarding installing a solar power system on your property in East or West Sussex. Fortunately, we have years of experience installing solar panels on a range of properties and have thousands of satisfied customers. We’ve answered some of our most commonly asked questions below, but if you can’t see what you need, don’t hesitate to contact us.Get Your Quote Now!
Where is best to install solar panels?
Solar panels can be installed anywhere but it’s usually most convenient to place the panels on a south or south-west-facing roof to ensure maximum efficiency. East or west-facing roofs are also viable for solar panels, but you can expect to generate 10-20% less electricity than if they were facing directly south.
If you have the land, it’s also possible to install solar panels directly on the ground. Ground-based solar installations are often best suited to large-scale projects that require lots of solar PV panels.
For more information, refer to our Solar Panel Guide.
How are solar panels installed?
Solar panels are usually installed directly on the roof via a special mounting system that’s tilted between 18 and 36 degrees to ensure maximum electricity generation. There are many different mounting systems depending on your roof type, but typically they will be installed on rails. There are some instances where a rail-less system will be used. In either case, the mounting points will be fully sealed to prevent water ingress.
How much do solar panels cost to install?
Installing a solar panel system in your home or business can vary in price depending on the scope of the project. For example, how many solar panels are required, where they will be installed, and whether you are installing additional renewable energy tech like an air source heat pump or a solar battery.
All of our solar system installations are completely bespoke, so contact us for a free quote. However, you can expect a full solar panel installation to cost anywhere between £5000 and £15,000
When will solar panels pay for themselves?
This is will depend entirely on the size and capacity of your solar power system, how much electricity you use, and the price of electricity from the grid. In the current situation of high energy prices, you can expect to see a return on your investment in a shorter timescale. IT will also make a difference if you install a solar battery or are home a lot during the daytime. Our solar experts will be able to answer any questions you have so don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Is there government help for solar panels or other renewable energy systems?
According to the Federation of Master Builders, there are several UK Government grants and schemes available for solar panel installation to homes and businesses across the South East. Visit the link above to see what help may be available to you.
In addition to this, the UK Government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme entitles you to a one-off grant to install a heat pump. Homes are entitled to a £5000 grant to use towards an air source heat pump and/or £6000 for a ground source heat pump.
Can you install solar panels yourself?
We don’t recommend installing solar panels yourself. They are complex and heavy, and require skilled technicians to ensure they are correctly and safely installed.
Can I install solar panels in the South Downs National Park?
Yes, solar panel installation is usually considered to be a Permitted Development and won’t require planning permission. However, if you live in a listed building then things may be more complex. You will likely need to apply for Listed Building Consent (LBC) from your local authority. In some instances, you might also need planning permission on top of the LBC.
If you live in a conservation area, we also recommend contacting your local council for more information.
Can I install solar panels near Gatwick Airport?
Yes, provided you don’t live in a conservation area or listed building then there are no restrictions on installing solar panels on your home near an airport. Many people are concerned about the potential glare from solar PV. However, the amount of glare from solar panels is about the same as asphalt or a small body of water like a pond or lake.
Do I really need solar panel bird protection?
Yes! Unfortunately, the area underneath solar panels is a very warm, inviting and safe space for birds to nest. This allows debris to build up underneath the panels and causes heat to build up. In turn, this reduces the efficiency of your solar panel system and the amount of electricity it can generate.
Solar panel bird protection consists of installing some specialist clips to the side of the panels, to which protective steel mesh is attached. Unfortunately, bird spikes alone won’t be enough as they will still allow debris through, and they won’t prevent other animals like squirrels from being able to get underneath.
Visit our Solar Bird Protection page to find out more.