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  • Can I have renewable technology on a rented property?

    Like any additions to a property, you cannot make changes if you do not legally own the property. If you live in rented accommodation and feel your property would benefit from renewable technology, you must talk to your landlord, or the property owners and they can decide if they want to go ahead. Please contact us if you have any questions about installing renewable technology on a property you manage, or if your landlord is installing renewable technology at your property.

  • What if I don't have a suitable roof for solar?

    Don't worry, your roof probably is suitable for solar! Solar can be installed on pitched and flat roofs, and we also provide ground mount solar if there are serious obstacles to installing on your roof. Please contact us if you have questions about the suitability of your roof.

  • Do I need a survey for solar?

    For domestic solar, we do not need to come and visit your home in order to give you a quote. We will need your address, and your annual electricity usage in kWh. For commercial solar, we may conduct a survey before offering you a quote, however this will be decided on a case by case basis.

  • Do I need a survey for an Air Source Heat Pump?

    We will not need to conduct a survey to give you an initial quote. We will ask you a few questions which can be found on the Air Source Heat Pump information page, and use your EPC certificate to send your initial quote. If you want to go ahead after this point, we will come to your property and conduct a survey with heat loss calculations, then offer you a detailed quote.

  • What funding options are available?

    There are no direct funding options available for renewable technologies, however there are incentives for using renewable technology. The OLEV grant awards up to £500 off the install of an electric vehicle charge point, the Renewable Heat Incentive offers a financial reward for using renewable heating for years after your install, and you can be rewarded for importing energy from your solar array back into the grid.

  • Do I need planning permission?

    Typically you do not need planning permission for retrofit solar arrays, Air Source Heat Pumps or EV chargers. We can usually design solar arrays so they do not require planning permission. If you are worried about planning permission, talk to us.

  • What does my quote include?

    Your quote is inclusive of all works and materials required to complete the job, including scaffolding and plumbing or electrical works. If you have been recommended to upgrade your plumbing or electrical wiring, this will not be included in the quote.

  • Can I power my home with Solar PV?

    An average home in the UK uses 3300 kWh per year and we can achieve over 4000 kWh from a good domestic roof. Your home will still have a grid connection and import power when you are not producing enough, with the arrival of good home batteries such as the Tesla Powerwall self sufficiency is even closer

  • How is solar fitted?

    Sunlight Future supply and fit either bolt on Solar PV systems that are mounted on top of your roof tiles or integrated panels that are part of the roof structure. The mounting system typically fits up under the tiles and are fixed to the rafters of the roof. The type of mounting system may vary depending on your roof type but our quote will account for this, we have extensive experience with all roof types. Domestic systems will usually be completed in 1 or 2 days but we will take as long as needed to make sure your job is 100% right and will be covered by our 10yr workmanship warranty.

  • Does my solar system need maintenance?

    PV systems should not need any maintenance under normal circumstances, all the products we install are tried and tested and come with MCS certification for installation in the UK. The panels typically come with a 25 yr performance guarantee and will last even longer if installed correctly. All of our work comes with a 10 yr workmanship warranty which is insurance backed and we only use stainless steel and high grade aluminium for the mounting systems which will outlast most roofs. One component that can be expected to be replaced during the lifespan of the system is the inverter that changes the DC power from the panels to AC power matched to the incoming grid voltage and phases, this will result in no power being generated until resolved but represents no other issues. Thanks to the monitoring solutions built in to all our inverters this can be diagnosed remotely in most cases and quickly resolved. In rare circumstances panels can be cleaned if they show signs of dirt build up but they are designed to self clean under normal weather cycles and have a coating to ensure this, cleaning is not advised on most systems but if you do then warm soapy water and a non abrasive sponge is best.

Contact Details

Sunlight Future

Create Centre
Smeaton Road

0117 325 0324

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