Solar Panel Installation
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Installing solar panels is quick and simple - residential solar panel installations typically take 1 to 2 days.
Once your panels are up and running, you'll benefit immediately from the free electricity.
To get a free quote from an installer operating in your area, just pop your details in the form above.
How long does it take to install solar panels?
Solar panel installation is a process, from finding the right installer, to getting quotes to the actual day of installation. Always search for an MCS approved company to install your solar panels, they will be able to guide you through the process from start to finish.
For residential properties the actual installation of the solar panels should only take one day for an average size panel or smaller. Installation may take up to two days for panels which are slightly bigger but still suitable for residential purposes.
You should always request at least three quotes from registered MCS companies, these quotes should include how long the installation will take. If a company is predicting that the work will take more than one or two days it is an indication that they may be overcharging for labour and you should consider choosing another company.
Solar panel installation process
Find an installer
The first step in the solar panel installation process is finding a MCS approved company to install your solar panels. MCS is a certification scheme supported by the department of Energy and Climate change (DECC) in order to ensure manufacturers and installers of green technology, such as solar panels, are held to the highest possible standards.
It is very important to find an installer who is MCS accredited, otherwise you will have no quality guarantee and you will not qualify for the generous payments the government offers through the Feed-in Tariff.
You can find MCS approved installation companies through the MCS website. Alternatively, you can use the form at the top of the page to find MCS approved installers in your local area.
Get a quote
Once you have found MCS approved solar panel installers in your area you will need to get a quote for their services. It is recommended that you get three quotes to compare the price and quality of service offered. Legitimate companies will never offer you a quote over the phone as your house must be assessed in person to determine whether your roof is suitable for solar panel installation.
The company will often send a team including a qualified surveyor, to carry out the assessment and a salesperson, to advise on the service they offer. The companies should never try to pressure you into signing with them or offer you discounts for same day installation. Instead each company should leave you with a house assessment detailing the suitability of your roof and a quote for their work. You should then take some time to look over the quotes and decide which company is best for you.
On the installation day you will not have to prepare your home or your roof in any way. The installers will set up a scaffold to access the roof and they will take it down again at the end of the day, or on the next day if it is a particularly big installation. The installation involves three main parts:
1. Fitting the frame for the solar panels
2. Installing the panels
3. Connecting the panels to the inverter.
The inverter is the machine that converts the light from the sun into usable electricity for your household appliances, it is usually kept in the attic space. Installers should also check your system to ensure that everything is working to its optimum ability before they leave.
Solar panel companies should not charge separately for installation. The installation costs are absorbed into the overall quote for your solar panels. This quote should cover everything; including the solar panels, the labour, the scaffolding and any supporting documents needed. The quote you are given should include a breakdown of costs to show where your money is being spent. If your are given a quote with a single figure and no details you should ask for a breakdown of the costs. You can find a guide to the typical costs for each size of solar panel here.
Finding an installer
It is very important that you find an MCS approved company to install your solar panels. Using an MCS approved company can give you peace of mind and also allows you to qualify for the Feed-in Tariff scheme, which pays homeowners for producing clean energy. You can find MCS accredited installers through the official MCS website. You can also use the form at the top of the page to find MCS approved companies in your area. The Eco Experts only use MCS approved companies with a proven track record for providing excellent service and products.