Solar FAQs

What does a solar PV system do?

A solar PV system converts sunlight directly into electricity for use in your home.

What are the benefits?

Not only will you reduce the amount of electricity you need to import, but you will get paid for every kilowatt hour (kWh) you generate through the Government's Feed-in Tariff, even if you use it. You also get paid for any excess electricity generated, as it's exported back to the National Grid.

Do solar PV panels require sunlight to work?

Because a solar PV system doesn't rely on direct sunlight it will continue to generate electricity even on cloudy days.

Where is the best place for my solar panels to go?

Usually the best location for a solar PV system to generate electricity is an unshaded, east to west through south facing roof. Call us on 01622 832 834 and we can give you advise.

How long does an installation take?

The length of an installation may vary but a domestic installation generally takes a couple of days to complete.

Will I need planning permission?

You don't usually need planning permission for most home solar PV systems as it falls under permitted development; but check first with your local planning officer, especially if your building is listed, or is in an AONB, conservation area or World Heritage Site. If you're unsure, give us a call on 01622 832 834.

Do the solar panels need regular cleaning?

Usually the rain will do all the cleaning needed. If not, just get in touch and we'll be able to advise you.  We have maintenance packages available which include a yearly clean.

Does the system need servicing?

A solar PV system does not normally need servicing as it has no moving parts and the other components, such as cables and connectors, are designed to withstand environmental conditions. We suggest a yearly check, call us to talk about the maintenance packages we have available.

How does the electricity generated by a solar PV system return to the grid?

We'll ensure your system is installed according to the latest electrical installation guidelines. We'll also advise your District Network Operator (DNO) that we've installed your system and deal with any paperwork.

What happens to my solar PV system during a power cut?

For safety reasons, the output of the solar PV system is automatically turned off when it detects a power cut. It automatically restarts when the mains power is back - so you won't need to do anything.

Is TLGEC MCS accredited to install Solar PV and fully insured?

TLGEC is MCS accredited to install PV and able to carry out all electrical work in your home in accordance with Part P.  We are also fully insured up to £5 million public and product liability.

If you have any other question please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01622 832 834.  We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide you with information to help you decide if solar is for you.