Solar Panel Installation in Scotland: What You Need to Know

Solar Panel Installation in Scotland: What You Need to Know

Are you thinking of solar panel installation in Scotland? Here's What You Need to Know

Have you ever thought about solar panel installation in Scotland? Our weather isn't exactly known for its endless sunshine. However, solar power in Scotland isn't as useless as it sounds. It could be a great way to lower your energy bills and participate in a greener future. Let's talk about how we can take advantage of our sun (we do get enough for solar energy believe it or not), even in our famously overcast country.

"Solar Panels are useless in Scotland" – Debunking the Myth

When we think of Scottish weather, we're more likely to think of rain and overcast than sunny days. But the technology in modern solar panels today is smart enough to generate power even when the sun is hidden in the Scottish skies. According to Solar Alliance, "On a cloudy day, a solar panel can typically produce 10 to 25% of its typical power capacity"

Why You Should Consider Going Solar?

  1. Save Money: By going solar you can save money on your electricity bills. According to Energy Saving Trust you can save as much as £495 a year.

  2. Eco-friendly: You would be producing clean energy and in turn cleaning up the environment should you choose to go solar. The Scottish Government is committed to fighting climate change, and you can be part of the solution by having solar panels fitted and cutting over 1 tonne of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

  3. Earn Money: By generating extra energy with the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) you can earn extra cash.

Getting Started on Your Solar Journey

Here's how you can get the ball rolling:

  1. Find a solar panel installer you can trust: It's important that you find the right installer, someone who is trusted and knows their stuff. The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) can help you find certified installers in your area. MCS certified installers meet rigorous standards and competence. Although an MCS installer is not a requirement it is a recommendation by the government and by choosing an MCS installer you may be eligible for government incentive schemes.

  2. Check planning permission: Before jumping straight into hiring a solar installer ensure that you are allowed solar panels to be installed. The good news is that most domestic solar panel installations in Scotland are now considered "permitted development" and don't require planning permission. But it's always best just to double check, especially if you are living in a listed building or conservation area. You can check the details at The Planning Portal Scotland.

  3. Let's talk money: In recent years the price of solar panels has come down. You can get a rough idea of what you might be looking at based on the information from GreenMatch:

    Home SizeEnergy UseSolar System SizeEstimated Cost
    Wee flat1,800 kWh2-3 kW£2,500 - £5,500
    Average house2,700 kWh4-5 kW£5,000 - £8,500
    Big family home4,100 kWh6 kW£9,500 - £10,500

Your actual costs might vary. These are just rough estimates.

Ready for your Solar Journey?

If you're ready to look into a possible future with solar here are some steps to get you started:

  1. Do your homework: Websites like Solar Energy UK and Scottish Renewables are good sources for getting the latest information on solar news.

  2. Get a quote: Contact MCS-certified installers for quotes. The Energy Saving Trust has a good tool to help you in finding installers in your area. Just remember, the cheapest option isn't always the best option. You want long-lasting efficient systems that aren't going to cause you problems somewhere down the road.

  3. Talk to people you know: Getting advice from people you know, and trust is always a good idea, ask your neighbours, friends and colleagues about their experience and for any advice they could give.

  4. Check for grants: Although grants for solar panels are harder to come by now a days it may still be worth checking the Scottish Energy Grants website to see if there is any available support that you could qualify for.

Get in Touch!

If you have any questions feel free to get in touch with us Here. We're the people installing your solar panels and not some fancy sales team.

We're MCS certified which you now know is the gold standard for renewables and we've been around the block a few times when it comes to installing solar panels. We won't bore you with any technical jargon. We'll try to keep things as simple and straightforward as possible. So, if you're curious or ready to commit to your solar journey we'd be happy to help you along the way. No pressure, no nonsense, just honest advice.

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