How Much Do Solar Panels Cost In The UK?

The average family home needs a solar PV panel that provides about 3kW of electricity. This will cost between £4,000 and £6,000 and cover about 21 sq m of roof space.

Solar panel prices have reduced by over 70% in the last few years.

You can earn up to £8,080 through the Government's feed-in tariff and save 50% on your electricity bills.

Fill out the form above to compare solar panel prices from installers in your area or read our guide to solar panel costs below.

In this Guide:

How much do solar panels cost?

What about solar prices in the future?

How much could I save?

How do I make money? What is the Return On Investment?

What size solar panel system should I get?

Is my roof suitable for solar PV?

How long will my solar panel earn me money for?

What are the risks?

How Much do Solar Panels Cost?

The price of a solar panel will vary depending on the quality and size. The cost of solar panels has reduced by 70% in the past few years due to the technology maturing and mass market production.

A 3kW solar system will cost around £5,000 - £6,000.

The average prices for typical system sizes are listed in the table below:

Approximate Roof Space:

Typical System Size:
Typical Cost:

Estimated Annual Output:

CO2 saved over 25 years (tonnes):

Estimated First Year Return:
Profit Over 20 years:
8 sq m
£2,500 - £3,000
14 sq m
£3,000 - £5,000
21 sq m
£5,000 - £6,000
28 sq m
£6,000 - £8,000

The chart below shows the plummeting costs of a typical 4kW solar system over the last few years. In 2010 a 4kW system cost around £15,000 - £16,000 but now typically costs around £6,000 - £8,000.

Solar Panel Costs

Most residential solar systems are between 1kW and 4kW. Larger systems are typically only an option for commercial properties due to the roof space required.

Solar panel systems between 5kW and 9kW cost £8,000 to £14,500 on average. Learn more about commercial solar costs.

Most solar companies also offer the option of installing a solar energy storage system. These battery systems store any excess electricity generated by your solar panels. This will typically lower your electricity bills by a further 15%.

A 4kW solar panel system combined with a 4kW energy storage battery typically costs £10,000 to £12,000. Learn more about solar storage systems.

What about Solar Prices in the Future?

While solar costs are likely to fall slightly in the future, we recommend installing as soon as possible to benefit from low prices and cash in on the government’s Feed-in Tariff.

The Feed-in Tariff is reduced every quarter. As a result, the sooner you install, the higher the Feed-in Tariff rate your solar panels will qualify for and the more you will earn.

Once your solar panels are installed and registered for the Feed-in Tariff, you lock in that tariff rate for the full 20 years of the payments.

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How Much could I Save?

You earn money from solar panels in three ways. The government pays you for both the energy you use and the energy you don’t use (Feed-in tariff). You then make further savings because you are powering your house with free energy.

You can make additional energy savings by installing a solar battery storage system with your solar panels. Of course, the more energy efficient you are the more money you will save.

Savings each Year

Source of Income
Savings/Earnings for installs after 15 Jan 2016
Generation Tariff
Export Tariff
Electricity Bill Savings
Total per year

*This table is based on a 4kW solar panel installation using data taken from the Energy Saving Trust.

Savings over 20 Years

Earnings/Savings for installations after 15 Jan 2016
Profit/Loss for installations after 15 Jan 2016

*You will be paid the Feed-in tariff for 20 years. This table shows how much you can earn and save over time based on a 4kW system on average.

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How do I Make Money with Solar Panels?

Solar panels allow you to earn money in the following three ways:

Feed-in tariff rate – 4.32p/kWh

Firstly, the government pays you for the electricity you generate and use, this typically adds up to about £168 per year for an average 4kW panel. The Feed-in tariff is tax-free, index-linked and lasts 20 years.

National Grid sell back rate – 4.85p/kWh

The government also pays you for the electricity you produce but don’t use. This gets sold back to the grid and will earn you about £79 per annum.

Savings on energy bills - save up to 50%

You will also save on your energy bills because the electricity you use when your panels are in use is free. This should save you about £150 a year. On top of this, you are helping the environment by not using as much carbon.

a diagram showing how solar PV panels work
Feed-in Tariff Rates 2016 - 2019


Generation Tariff for <10kW (p/kWh):
Q1 2016
Q2 2016
Q3 2016
Q4 2016
Q1 2017
Q2 2017
Q3 2017
Q4 2017
Q1 2018
Q2 2018
Q3 2018
Q4 2018
Q1 2019

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What Size Solar Panel System should I Get?

It is important you get the right sized panel to meet your household’s needs.

A single resident and a couple will use about the same amount of energy (3,300kW per year). A family with two children will use between 3,300kW and 4,500kW per year so will need a bigger panel.

Because of the way the Feed-in tariff works the more energy you produce, the more you get paid. If this is a priority for you, you may wish to invest in a bigger panel.

This table shows what factors you should consider in a solar panel comparison.

Solar Panel Comparison Table


Brand X:
Brand Y:
Brand Z:
Number Of Panels
Annual Output
1,400 kW
1,500 kW
1,600 kW
Area Needed
Cost of System
FiT Income Per Year
Energy Savings Per Year
Export Tariff Per Year
Total Benefits Per Year
Annual Return on Investment

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Green Deal Finance

The UK Government ended their Green Deal scheme in 2015 with no replacement scheme. The Green Deal scheme offered a financing mechanism to help people pay for energy-efficiency improvements to their home.

Free Solar Panels

Free solar panel schemes are now very rare due to the reduction in solar panel costs. Solar panels are now much cheaper meaning most homeowners buy their own system to benefit from the Feed-in Tariff.

How To Get The Best Price

It is important to not simply choose your solar panels on price alone. Only opt for a solar brand on our list of leading solar panels. This will ensure you have a reliable and efficient solar system which will save and make you more money in the long run.

You should compare at least three quotes from MCS accredited installers. We also recommend asking your installer what size system they think best suits your circumstances.

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Is my Roof Suitable for Solar PV?

Most roofs in the UK are suitable for solar panels.

Unless your roof is particularly shadowy or completely north-facing, you should be fine. You may also need to check if you live in a listed building or conservation area.

While south-facing roofs are ideal, east and west-facing rooftops only produce 15% less electricity.

You will also need a small amount of space (normally in the attic) for your inverter. This converts the sun’s light into the energy you will use.

Solar panels can also be installed so they fit around skylights and other features.

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How Long do Solar Panels take to Install?

It should only take a couple of days, and you will be able to generate electricity the day after your installation is completed.

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How Long will my Solar Panel Earn me Money For?

Solar panels work for about fifty years, meaning half a century of free electricity.

Having a panel should ensure huge energy bill savings as prices look set to soar for the foreseeable future.

It also means that you and your family will be protected if there is an energy shortage, because you won’t be relying on gas or electricity companies, just the sun.

The Feed-in tariff lasts for the first twenty years of your installation, earning you about £8,000 over that period.

Not only that, the Feed-in tariff is tax-free and index-linked.

Energy efficiency is often on the top of most property hunters' lists so it is more than likely that, if you want to sell your house, buyers will appreciate the energy savings of your solar PV panels.

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What are the Risks?

Solar panels are low-risk because they don’t have any moving parts apart from the small inverter. This tends to be the only part that may need replacing.

However, most PV installations come guaranteed for the first 25 years, and it’s widely acknowledged they last another 25 after that.

However, it is important you make sure you only use MCS accredited installers.

They will install your solar panel properly and to industry standard, as well as providing a guarantee. You will not be eligible for the FiT if you do not use an MCS accredited installer.

We advise getting at least three quotes before you make a decision.

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Anything Else?

Don’t forget to include your PV system on the household insurance policy.

You can complete the form at the top of the page to compare the prices of up to 4 local MCS accredited installers in your area. This is a completely free comparison tool which helps you find the best price.

If you want to read previous customers' experiences, click here to read our case studies and testimonials.

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