Posted on the 17th June 

Solar panel installation can unlock a number of savings for residential, commercial and public sector properties. With years of experience in the Solar PV industry, the team at WeRSolarUK can assist you in generating your own electricity and slashing those rising energy costs. When it comes to choosing a site for your solar panels, we can also advise on the best course of action to make your solar panel installation into a reality.

Is my roof suitable for solar panel installation?

When choosing a suitable site for your solar panels, you must first determine whether your roof has the correct orientation and tilt to accommodate this energy saving installation. Ideally your roof should be south facing as east and west facing roofs are not exposed to enough sunlight to harness the very best performance. Your roof should also be pitched at a 30° to 40° angle.

North facing roofs are not suitable for solar panel installation, however, there are various options available if your roof is not appropriate. Mounting stands can be installed in your garden for instance.

Other considerations when selecting a site

The surrounding area can also influence whether your property’s roof is a suitable site for solar panel installation. Trees and large chimneys can cast shadows on roofs and prevent your solar panels from getting the sunlight they need to convert into energy. The buildings surrounding your home or business premises can also impact significantly on performance.

A property that is free from overcasting trees, chimneys and surrounding buildings is ideal for solar panel installation and produces more power to be used inside your home and fed back into the National Grid to boost your bank balance.

Do I need to apply for planning permission?

In the UK, you don’t have to have planning permission to install a solar PV system on the roof of your home or in your premises. However, there are restrictions if the panels are above the recommended size or your property is listed, in a conservation area or situated in a World Heritage Site.

There are also permitted development rights for solar panels, and installation is permitted unless the panels protrude from your roof more than 200mm. There are further restrictions in Scotland. Play it safe by contacting your local planning officer for confirmation.

The solar PV experts at WeRSolarUK can assist with all aspects of site selection, contact us today on 0800 211 8090 or email for further details.

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