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Solar PV FAQs

Solar PV – FAQs

 

Why should I choose Solar PV?
Where do Future Supply Install?
Why should I choose Future Supply?
Do I need planning permission?
Is my home suitable?
What maintenance will I have to do?
How do I get the Feed In Tariff (FIT)?
Will the panels still produce electricity on a cloudy day?
What is the life expectancy of the system?
What happens during the installation and how long will it take?
Do I pay tax on my returns?
What happens if I sell my house?
What about my home insurance?
What about free Solar PV installations?

 


Why should I choose solar PV?

Solar PV is the most proven renewable energy source and currently also the most lucrative – it is easy to install and guarantees you a tax free income for 20 years!

Solar PV also helps to protect you against the ever rising cost of energy – producing your own means you will need to buy less from your supplier – and what you don’t use, you sell back to the national grid.


Where do Future Supply Install?

We cover a wide area including Wiltshire, Bath,and Swindon. If you’re not sure if you are in our catchment area, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll let you know.


Why should I choose Future Supply?

Future Supply is fully accredited/registered and consists of a team of very experienced engineers. We offer a hassle free service and will design and install the best system for your needs without compromising on the quality of our service or the products used; we even include a free 10 year insurance backed guarantee.

There are many renewable energy companies out there but not all of them can offer the experience, professionalism and expert knowledge of our team. We are an established, reputable local company and are happy to have a friendly chat about your needs without any pressure or obligation.

See what are customers have to say about us.


Do I need planning permission?

Generally planning permission is not required unless the installation is to be on a listed building or within a national park. Future Supply will advise on whether planning permission is needed on an individual basis and can guide you through the process if necessary.


Is my home suitable?

Most homes are suitable for a PV installation. South facing roofs are ideal but systems can be still be very productive on an east or west facing roof. Future Supply will advise you if your roof is suitable or offer an alternative site for your system if possible. We will only recommend an installation if you are going to benefit from it.


What maintenance will I have to do?

None! PV systems have no moving parts and should require no maintenance.


How do I get the FIT?

Once your PV system is installed and commissioned, the FIT registration process can begin. We will register your system with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme and notify the regional Distribution Network Operator (DNO – who controls the electricity grid in your area) and then your energy company will need to be informed. Once the supplier paperwork is completed, you should start receiving your payback.

Future Supply has all the knowledge and information to help you through this process and will try to make it at simple as possible – we can even do a lot of it for you if you want!


Will the panels still produce electricity on a cloudy day?

One of the key things to remember is that solar PV systems create energy from daylight not just direct sunlight. This means that even on a cloudy day they will produce electricity, making Solar PV a very practical, green energy solution, for our climate in the UK.


What is the life expectancy of the system?

The manufacturers guarantee the performance of the solar panels for 20 years but you can realistically expect at least 60 years from the system.


What happens during the installation and how long will it take?

Installation takes on average 1 day from start to finish. For a detailed description of a typical installation see our Installation page.


Do I pay tax on my returns?

No. Profit from microgeneration tax free.


What happens if I sell my house?

Ownership of the technology is linked to the site. If you sell your house, the ownership of the technology would also transfer to the new owner.

If you received finance for the installation under the Government’s Green Deal, this loan is attached to the property, rather than to you as an individual. This means that, should you decide to move, any remaining payments will be passed on to the next owner.


What about my home insurance?

Every home insurance policy is different, so we recommend you contact your provider to see if any alterations to your policy are required.


What about free solar PV installations?

There are companies out there who will install a PV system on your house for free and let you keep the electricity meaning you benefit from a reduction in your energy bill (around £200 per year based on a 4kWp system).

However those companies will retain ownership of the system itself and so claim the FIT payments for themselves – meaning you lose out on that tax free income every year for 20 years!

In addition to this, you will be signed into a 20 year contract with them which could be off putting to potential buyers should you wish to sell your house and that’s coupled with the fact that the new owners have to live with the fact that their house is generating a significant annual income – for someone else!

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