Can I Get Solar Panels?

Solar panels on roof

Strictly speaking, any home can get solar panels so long as it has a roof that is suitable for the installation process. However, it doesn’t mean that every home is a suitable candidate for solar energy. For instance, it wouldn’t make sense to take on this costly investment if it is not going to benefit your family and your home.

Before you consider going green and purchasing solar panels, it is a good idea to find out how you will benefit from these energy efficient electricity generators.

Strictly speaking, any home can get solar panels so long as it has a roof that is suitable for the installation process. However, it doesn’t mean that every home is a suitable candidate for solar energy. For instance, it wouldn’t make sense to take on this costly investment if it is not going to benefit your family and your home.

Before you consider going green and purchasing solar panels, it is a good idea to find out how you will benefit from these energy efficient electricity generators.

What are the Benefits of Solar Panels?

In case you are not aware, there are many benefits to having solar panels installed in your home. These include:

  • Increasing the value of your property
  • Saving up to 70% on your electricity bills
  • Reducing your carbon footprint
  • Little to no maintenance once installed  
  • Effective in even remote regions

Can I Benefit From Solar Panels?

House with solar panels

There are a number of elements that will contribute to how effective solar panels will be on your home, plus how much return you will see on your investment.

Where You Live in the UK

There is a mistaken belief that solar panels will not be very effective in the UK due to the cloudy and rainy weather. Solar panel systems are in fact designed to function even when the sun is not shining.

That being said, they will work more efficiently when they are exposed to more sunlight. Therefore, the regions in the UK where solar power is most popular and effective are:

  • South West
  • South East
  • Yorkshire
  • Humberside
  • East England

However, bear in mind it does not mean that other areas of the UK cannot still benefit from solar panel energy.

The Position of Your Home

If you have a south-facing roof, you will generate more energy than a home that doesn’t. This is because solar panels work best when the sun is shining directly on them.

Position of property solar panels

However, if you do not have a south-facing roof, the sun will simply shine on your panels at an angle and you will still be able to generate energy.

Therefore, the position of your home should not be the determining factor in your decision to invest in solar panels, as you can still make significant energy savings with a non-south-facing roof.

The Compatibility of Your Roof

Firstly, in order to be a suitable candidate for solar panels, your roof needs to be in good condition, otherwise it may not be able to withstand the installation or may even become more damaged.

In terms of compatibility, most roofs in the UK (around 92%) are able to accommodate solar panels.

There are varying factors that can make your roof more suitable:

  • Asphalt shingle roofing or composite roofing
  • A roof that is angled at around 30 degrees
  • A roof that has over 300ft surface area
  • A square roof
  • The amount of shade around your roof

If you would like more information on how solar panels can help improve your home and lower your electricity bill, please get in touch with one of our experienced local team members today.