Selling or buying a property with solar? Contact Solar Days!

Over the past few months, Solar Days has been contacted by several people who are selling or buying a property which has solar panels installed.  Sellers are trying to answer questions from potential buyers.  Buyers want to be confident and well informed about the solar array they are potentially purchasing.  Solicitors for both buyers and sellers want to ensure that any legal aspects, benefits and potential liabilities are thoroughly understood.  It is a potential minefield of uncertainty with knowledgeable assistance sometimes hard to find!  Solar Days are here to help!

As part of our service, Solar Days is able to assist with the following services:

  • Review of all installed solar photovoltaic (PV) equipment including instructions and paperwork.
  • Maintenance checks on safety and performance of solar panels
  • Discussions with Solicitors and Conveyancers to ensure that benefits and potential liabilities are clear.
  • Helping with transfer and management of Feed in Tariff contracts
  • Explaining the solar equipment and the Feed in Tariff scheme in straight-forward language!
  • We are happy to help all solar owners and prospective owners, not just our past customers.

Contact Solar Days on 01743 366555 or on sales@solar-days.co.uk and let us help you.

Solar Days – here to help you

There has been a lot of adverse publicity recently following the substantial cuts to the Feed in Tariff (FIT) in mid-January 2016.  As a result, many solar installers have left the industry.  Those that have kept going have often lost key staff and expertise in this rapidly-developing technology.

The important news is that solar power has not gone away!  We at Solar Days are here with all the skills, staff and experience required to provide you with new solar arrays or upgrades and repairs to existing systems.  Newly installed arrays are still giving a payback period (return on investment of 6 – 8%; which was the governments original intention all along!

The key message for those with a solar array is that the best-value installations are those where as much of the power generated is used on-site rather then being exported to the Grid.  A popular upgrade is to fit a diverter module which heats water when surplus power is available.  Batteries are also gradually becoming better and cheaper; an option which may suit your needs.

Contact us to find out how we can help.

Feed in Tariff announcement 17th December 2015

The Department of the Environment and Climate Change (DECC) has announced its decision today over the future of the Feed in Tariff (FIT) scheme which provides incentive for installation of solar panels.  This will substantially reduce the tariff from mid-January 2016.

FIT rates are to be as follows for domestic (up to 10kW) systems:
16th January – 31st March 2016: 4.39p/kWh for 0 – 10kW
1st April – 30th June 2016: 4.32p/kWh for 0 – 10kW

Don’t forget, we are also here to maintain, repair and upgrade existing solar arrays.

Feed in Tariffs from 1st July announced

Ofgem has confirmed the Feed in Tariffs for solar photovoltaic technology for the period starting 1 July 2013 until 1 October 2013.

The new FiT rates for installations with an eligibility date on or after 1 July 2013 are:

Description FiT rate p/kWh
0-4kW 14.90
>4-10kW 13.50
>10-50kW 12.57
>50-100kW 11.10
>100-150kW 11.10
>150-250kW 10.62
>250kW-5MW 6.85
Stand-alone 6.85
Export tariff 4.64

 

Despite installations in the 0-50kW range falling short of the stated trigger levels, the 0-4kW, >4-10kW, >10-50kW will all degress by 3.5% as a result of the tariff reduction method that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) included as part of the revised feed-in tariff.

Save Money this Winter

The nights are drawing in and the weather’s getting cold: there’s no denying autumn’s here and we could be set for a pricey winter. Energy companies are planning another rise in prices, and the government seem confused as to what to do to help.

Luckily, you can save money by reducing the amount of electricity and gas you use.

Draw the curtains (or leave them open)

Solar panels aren’t the only way to make use of the natural energy of the sun. If it’s a sunny day, draw back the curtains on the southern side of the house so the sunlight can heat up the room. If you close them again as soon as it gets dark, you’ll make the most of that residual heat.

A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors anyway, so drawing curtains and installing draught excluders is a good plan.

Gas boiler


Look into insulation grants

There are grants and schemes from the government and energy companies that can help you insulate your house without having to pay out. The government’s Warm Front scheme means you could get up to £3500 for insulation, improvements and bills, and British Gas are currently running a scheme to install free cavity wall and loft insulation – even if you aren’t their customer. If you don’t have loft insulation already, installing it can save up to £175 a year, although adding more on top of what you’ve already got makes a difference too.

Turn down the thermostat and wear more clothes

It’s easy to forget, but turning your thermostat down saves you around 10% in energy costs for every degree you lower the temperature. If you start feeling cold, you can always throw on some more clothes before resorting to turning it back up again.

Turn down your central heating

It’s also important not to heat rooms you aren’t using. If you have a guest room, turn down the radiator and close the door.

Generate your own electricity

Even if you don’t use electricity for heating, costs can rise in the winter as lights, tumble dryers and washing machines see more use. You might even find yourself watching TV or using a computer more as you’re less inclined to go outside.

Generating your own electricity with photovoltaic solar panels can be a great move as you reduce your bills and get money from your energy supplier thanks to the feed in tariff (FIT). This means you get paid a set amount for every unit of energy you produce. If you end up with more energy than you need, you can sell it back to the grid to make even more money.

Repairs, repairs, repairs

Many of us these days put off odd jobs around the house, but simple maintenance can save you money on your bills. Fixing dripping taps, repairing and blocking holes around the house and getting your boiler serviced all make a difference, and needn’t take much time or money.

For advice on photovoltaic solar panels in Shropshire and the surrounding area, give us a call on 01743 366555. Our solar power experts can tell you about government tariffs and handle everything from design to installation.

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