York and Renewable Energy
York is located in the Yorkshire and Humber region in the UK and is home to more than 190,000 people. The government plays a very active role in trying to reduce the city’s impact on the environment and turning it into a leading sustainable city by showing a strong performance in mitigating climate change. The city has set some goals to be achieved in the next years:
- Tackle climate change and unsustainable use of resources.
- Reduce the amount of waste, traffic congestion and pollution and increase recycling.
- Ensure that the new measures respect the qualities and distinctiveness of York.
- Avoid the loss of biodiversity.
The board in charge of achieving these objectives is York Environment Partnership, which is formed by local partners that want to create a sustainable city by encouraging different stakeholders to take action and help reduce climate change. The council and the Without Walls Environment Partnership have committed to tackling climate change and the city of York has set a target of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 40 per cent by 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050.
Solar Energy in York
The Yorkshire region is very suitable for solar energy installations due to the local weather conditions, which are heavily influenced by the Pennine hills. The Pennines generate a 'rain shadow' effect on the region, causing Yorkshire to benefit from 25% more sunshine hours on average than neighbouring regions. Surprisingly, the clear skies tendency means that during the winter months Yorkshire outperforms Cornwall regarding sunny days.
Solar panels and solar water heating systems are becoming increasingly popular in York due to the drop in the prices of such technologies, the government’s feed-in tariff (FiT) Scheme, and the increasing awareness of environmental issues. Moreover, there is no need of a planning permission to install solar photovoltaics on the roof or wall of your household, unless your property is within a conservation area and providing that the highest part of the panel is no higher than the highest part of the roof.
How Much Do Solar Panels Cost in York?
Although free solar panels sound like a very good offer, buying them yourself is actually a better choice since, thanks to the feed-in tariff, you can earn money with solar panels once you overcome the (on average) 8-year payback period. Solar panel manufacturers will benefit from installing free solar panels on your roof (or “renting your roof”) because they will keep for themselves the feed-in tariff. However, since the Government reduced the FiT for free solar schemes, many solar suppliers have closed their 'renting-roof' schemes.
Remember that an ideal roof for solar panels:
- Faces south.
- Is as south-west located as possible.
- Has more than 20 m2 of unshaded area with clearance space around the panels (for a 12-panel system).
Still wondering how much a solar panel system costs? The answer to this question is different in each case, depending on the type, size and quality of the system chosen. Therefore, if you want to get an exact number, we suggest you request a quote by filling the contact information at the top of this page. Up to four of our specialist solar energy suppliers will come back to you with their respective and customised offers.
Anyways, just to help you tackle your anxiety, we can give you some estimate average price for your investment. A domestic solar panel system will cost you on average £5,500, plus costs of insurance and installation. A solar thermal system will cost you approximately £4,000. Again, these numbers are estimates and of course can be a lot higher depending on your energy demand and your special requirements.
How Can I Find a Solar Supplier in York?
Finding the right solar supplier can consume a lot of time. Moreover, since the required investment is quite significant, you want to make a good purchase which will make you happy during the entire lifespan of the solar system. Therefore, you should compare different suppliers and their respective options and make sure that you pick a reliable and certified supplier. GreenMatch.co.uk is here to help. You can fill the contact form at the top of this page and you will be contacted by up to four professional solar installers with their best offers to suit your particular needs. Our no obligation service is 100% free of charge!