Will I need planning permission?

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From April 6 2008, homeowners have been able to install solar panels, without needing to obtain planning permission. Size limitations have been set to reduce any impact on neighbours. Solar panels attached to the building must not protrude more than … Read More

Where can the solar collectors be placed?

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On a roof or on the ground, ideally facings south, or anywhere between south-east and south-west for best performance. If your roof ridge is oriented north-south, you can install panels on each side of the roof (a dual-aspect installation). This … Read More

What is the largest system I can have?

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There is no limit, but the highest rate paid per kWh for the feed in tariff is given for systems which are up to 4kW (peak power). This is measured by the inverter AC output, not the panel generation capacity. … Read More

What is the feed-in tariff (FiT)?

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The feed-in tariff is a system of government grants that pay people to generate energy from renewable sources. Once registered on the scheme the payments are tax free, index linked and guaranteed for 20 years. The payments are independently funded … Read More

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