Commercial Solar Panels Installation
We have helped factories, housing developers and public sector organisations such as hospitals, churches and schools benefit from reduced energy bills and guidance to tackle climate change. If you are a larger business then the chances are you will have a bigger roof space to allow you to install more modules which in return, will decrease your utility bills.
All our commercial solar installations are eligible for Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) payments. The Feed-In-Tariff has been available since 2010 and provides an additional incentive for businesses looking to invest in solar panels. The nature of the FIT scheme also means that most businesses can achieve very short payback periods for solar installations. For more information on how the FIT works please contact us.
Install solar panels for your business and enjoy the following benefits
- Help improve the environment
- Energy Security
- Reduce overheads and safeguard your business from rising energy costs
- Law and Legislation (offset the cost of energy audits under the ESOS scheme)
- A stable income from FIT
Our Responsibility to You
We understand that choosing a renewable energy installer can be a difficult process so here are just some of the reasons why you should choose Solar Living for your commercial solar installation:
- Free no obligation quotation process
- Bespoke quotations that will analyse your energy usage and give a realistic payback projections
- The system installed will be designed to save you money whilst increasing your sustainability credentials
- After-Sales Support
- Monitoring Packages that allow you to view what your system is doing currently or previously.
- Insurance backed workmanship guarantee
- Solar System Maintenance
- System Analysis
- Electrical Maintenance
- Inverter Maintenance
Commercial Solar PV financial returns
A Solar PV installation will help you to reduce energy costs, improve your energy efficiency and carbon footprint whilst providing you with a steady and reliable financial investment.
The financial returns of commercial Solar PV are perfect for high energy usage businesses as it will not only protect you from increasing energy bills but also provide an guaranteed income via the Feed-in-Tariff which is a 20 year scheme and inflation-linked with RPI.
Solar PV is achieving ROI as high as 30% depending on your business operating hours and energy consumption.
The Feed-in-Tariff can be broken up into three items; Generation Tariff, Export Tariff and Electricity Savings.
Under the scheme, you will be paid for every unit (kWh) of electricity your Solar PV system generates whether you use it or not, this is known as the Generation Tariff.
In most cases you will also be paid for unused electricity you export back to the grid or 50% of the Generation Tariff, depending on your particular installation size.
For systems below 30kW, your electricity supplier will speculate that you only use half of the electricity that you generate and then export the remaining units. For installations that are above 30kW in size, it is a requirement that you have an export meter connected to qualify for the export tariff section of the Feed-in-Tariff. As part of our analysis on your energy usage, we will be able to advise you on if an export meter is a financial benefit for you as you may be expected to pay an annual fee to your electricity supplier.
Finally, because you are generating your own electricity units, you will not be required to purchase as many units from your electricity supplier which will decrease your electricity bill. With commercial installations, you could gain the most from a solar installation as you will tend to use more multiple electrical appliances during daylight hours.
How much space do I require?
This question is like asking how long a piece of string is! A standard solar module is approximately 1640mm x 990mm and has a depth of 40mm, depending on a couple of initial factors will determine how much space you require. For example, it depends on if you are looking to make a significant social impact, offsetting a slight amount of your energy costs or if you want to generate enough power to be self-sufficient from your electricity provider. As part of our service at Solar Living we can discuss the options with you and how each choice can benefit you.
A good rule of thumb is you will need about 7sqm of roof space for every 1kW of solar panels.
Is there any disruption for us during the installation?
We schedule the installation date for a time that will suit you. We have completed installations for schools where they would like us to work during the half-terms so there are no disruptions.
During the installation there would be no disruption to your supply whatsoever. There is no switch or button that you have to press and the changeover is done automatically and the transition is so easy you wouldn’t even notice it!
How do I register the installation?
As part of our service, we make registering for the Feed-in-Tariff simple. One of the first items that should be ticked off of your selected installer checklist is ensuring that your designated installer is Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) registered and that they are using MCS accredited solar panels.
Once the installation has been completed and has been commissioned, we certify the system by registering it on the MCS database.
We also assist in completing the application form that is required for your electricity supplier to register the installation; we will be with you on each step of the form to ensure that it is completed and submitted correctly.
Once your electricity supplier has received the application form and necessary documents (e.g. MCS & EPC Certificates) they will then register you to the Ofgem Central FIT Register, this is usually followed by a letter sent directly to you which explains when you need to submit a meter reading from your Generation Meter and when you can await payment (generally, this is every 3 months).