Renewable Energy in Leicester
Leicester has been constantly focusing more and more on renewable energy solutions in the last years. The city offers a lot of chances to its people to learn more about renewable energy by the means of different events.
Solar energy, in particular, has been receiving a lot of attention lately as the 2014 plans for installing a solar farm on the roofs of Leicestershire County Council's headquarters excited everyone. The installation is expected to cut the city’s enormous £1.5 million annual energy bill, by utilising around 600 solar panels. On top of that, it is expected that taxpayers would benefit with around £400,000 annually.
The solar farm will also reduce the city’s carbon footprint greatly, which is probably the most important outcome of this whole plan. If you live in or around Leicester and want to contribute and go solar yourself, just keep reading and take advantage of GreenMatch’s free services!
What’s the Cost of Solar Panels in Leicester?
It’s rather difficult to say what the exact price of solar panels is because you first need to determine what size of solar panel system is suitable for your home. The technology is also likely to cost you the same in Leicester as it would in any other part of the UK.
In average numbers, a medium sized system suitable for most UK homes is likely to set you back with around £5,000 (without insurance and installation costs), whereas solar thermal systems are likely to cost you £4,000.Remember, those are average numbers and in order to get a more precise sum, you will need to get in touch with suppliers and receive quotes and you can do so by filling in the form on the right.
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There’s also an option that gives you the chance to get solar panels for 'free'. Basically, what free means is that you get the solar panels system installed on your rooftop for free, but the installer still owns it and obtains all the FiT payments, while you get to save money on your energy bill. This can sometimes lead to complications as it might be harder for you to sell your home if you want to as this scheme comes for 20 years and the system will stay on your roof for this period. Thus many people prefer to just buy the panels directly for themselves, however, if you just want to cut your carbon footprint and save money from bills, the free solar panels option is one you might consider.
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To make solar panels an even more attractive investment, the government has introduced several grants to serve as an incentive for people to invest in the technology. The Feed-in Tariff is the one you will be looking at when you plan your solar “journey”. The scheme allows you to get paid for generating your own clean energy. It comes for a period of 20 years and you get payments all the time during this period. You also get paid for all the surplus energy that you generate as it’s sold back to the national grid. Remember that in order to be eligible to apply for the feed-in tariff (FiT), your supplier must be MCS accredited, so make sure they are. However, if you want it easy, you can just fill in the form on the right and we will get you in touch with up to four MCS accredited suppliers within your area!
Applications for Solar PV Feed in Tariff Close in March
Read our guide on how you can still benefit from the solar PV Feed in Tariff before it ends in March 2019.
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How to Find Suppliers in Leicester?
Finding the right suppliers on your own can be tough and time-consuming and you also have to remember that they need to be MCS accredited in order for you to be eligible for FiT. It’s good to get in touch with different suppliers as you get to receive a few different offers and you can pick the one that suits your needs best. To get quotes from MCS accredited suppliers in and around Leicester, just fill the contact form on the right and we will get you in touch with the right suppliers in your area. The service is absolutely free and with no obligations!