Is my location suitable for a Solar PV installation
In order for you to be able to benefit from solar PV, there are a few requirements that are necessary:
- Ideally you will have a south-facing roof, however it is possible to install a PV system on a south-west or south-east facing roof, or even splitting the panels on an East / West roof, and still receive a good return on your investment.
- The optimum pitch of a roof in the south of the UK is roughly at a 30-35° angle, however this can vary greatly without too much effect on the efficiency of a system.
- A flat roof area, or ground mounted system is also very applicable. However it is necessary to ensure there is nothing over-shadowing this area.
- An un-shaded open area could loan itself to a ground-mounted system.
- You need a minimum of 12m² for the proposed area of the PV array – anything smaller than this would make the installation less cost effective.
- Preferably there will be no shading on the proposed location, from either buildings or trees that may grow and cause future obstructions.
Your Williams Renewables surveyor will assess all these requirements during the initial survey to ensure you receive the best possible installation for your location.
For a more in-depth explanation of the requirements needed, see our Solar PV page for more information.