Free Solar Panels
This a service that companies offer to customers and usually it sounds too good to be true. Imagine, a solar panel supplier comes to you and installs solar panels worth thousands of pounds on your roof absolutely for free. Then you get on to enjoy £150-300 of savings on energy bills.
Recently, more and more companies have started offering this kind of service. One might wonder why are they doing it as it sounds too good to be true. There’s a simple explanation in fact. The companies are doing it because they in a way rent your roof and provide it with a solar panel installation and then they collect all the FIT payments. So far, the idea has received mostly good publicity and it is expected that such “free” solar panels will be installed on around 120,000 roofs by mid-2015.
What Is the 'Free' Deal?
If you have a suitable roof, but can’t come up with the cash needed to buy the solar panel system, then this option is quite good for you. You get solar panels that generate a decent portion of the electricity that you need and you save money on bills every year. You don’t have to think about maintenance, etc. as the installers will be taking care of everything.
Once the 25 year period agreed in the contract expires, you as the owner will keep the panels, but will not receive any FIT payments. However, you will stay save on bills as the panels will still generate some electricity. Savings will also be generated by selling surplus energy back to the national grid.
Anyways, mothers with small children, retired people and people working from home will be able to make the most out of the “free” deal as they are at home during the day the most and that is the time in which one can make the most out of the generated electricity.
What Type of Roof Should You Have?
Companies are looking for the “right” roofs and if yours happens to fail at fitting the desired profile, you will be turned down. So, your roof needs to have at least 30 square meters of free usable space. It must be almost entirely south-facing and without anything shading over it, which means that any nearby trees or different telegraph poles might be a problem. Some companies are ready to compromise if your roof is good, but not quite perfect. For instance, you might get the deal with a £500 charge or with a £5 monthly charge. Keep in mind that in some cases you might need to strengthen your roof a little and that expenses are not covered by installers. However, this is rarely needed.
What Are the Downsides?
There are no significant downsides really. However, if you are usually not at home during the day, your savings will suffer a bit as most of the energy is generated during the day and thus this is the best time to use it.
You might have trouble with selling your home if you wish to at some point. Some people can be thrown off by the big solar panels on the roof, even though they will be the ones using them and the electricity they provide.
All in all, there are no significant downsides, except the fact that you don’t own the system.
What If I Install The Panels Myself?
Well if you are able to cover the initial costs of up to £15,000 then this is what you should do. Buying the solar panels system directly is considered the much better option as you receive Feed-In Tariff payments, which allows the system to pay for itself in 7-9 years. Since the FIT payments come for 20 years, at the end you actually end up with profits.
What to Do?
There are plenty of pros and cons for both “free” solar panels and buying your own solar panel system. Many experts are saying that buying your own solar panel system is the better option, but still, a lot of people can’t afford to do it and still want to reduce their carbon footprint. Therefore, the “free” solar panels option is perfect for them as they get to generate their own clean energy and they also get to save a lot from energy bills.
Thus, if you want to install solar panels on your house and you are ready to either buy your own system or take advantage of the “free” solar panel systems, just fill in the form on the right and request free quotes from suppliers nearby you. The service is absolutely free and without obligation.