Margaret and Noel
We had been planning a loft conversion for some time as we knew that our roof needed replacing and decided to install solar panels at the same time. We are fortunate to be facing south so we decided to keep the slope at the front of the house so that we could fit solar panels.
“Combining the installation of the solar panels and the new roof meant we saved on additional scaffolding expenses.”
We were extremely lucky that by the time we could afford a solar energy system the government had introduced the feed-in tariff (FITS). [The tariff was reduced earlier than expected by the government, and is now subject to a legal challenge by Friends of the Earth.]
We encountered some problems along the way; the solar energy company pulled out at a late stage. This posed a serious problem because the building works were at an advanced stage. In order to avoid the complications of having two companies liaising with the builder we decided to go for one company which could install both systems, which was accredited under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and was available to do the work.
The result is that at the end of last year we had Solar Photovoltaic (PV) and Solar Thermal installed. The Solar PV is made up of nine panels with an expected saving of 786Kg CO2 per year. The Solar Thermal system provides around 50% of our hot water by solar energy, saving 316 kg CO2 year.
The company we chose were able to advise us on a number of things we hadn’t thought of before such as the fact that we had enough space on the roof to provide a solar hot water system too.