Solar FAQs

What does a solar PV system do?

A solar PV system converts sunlight directly into electricity for use in your home.

What are the benefits?

You will reduce the amount of electricity you need to import, therefore making savings to your ever increasing electricity bill. You also get paid for any excess electricity generated, as it's exported back to the Energy Supplier.

Do solar PV panels require sunlight to work?

No, solar panels do not rely on direct sunlight and so will continue to generate electricity even on cloudy days.

Where is the best place for my solar panels to go?

Usually the best location for a solar PV system is an unshaded, east to west through south facing roof. Call us on 01481 255 666 and we can advise you.

How long does an installation take?

The time to install an installation may vary but a domestic installation generally takes a couple of days to complete.

Will I need planning permission?

You don't usually need planning permission for most home solar PV systems as it falls under permitted development; but check first with your local planning officer, especially if your building is listed, or is in an AONB, conservation area or World Heritage Site. If you're unsure, give us a call on 01481 255 666.

Do the solar panels need regular cleaning?

Usually the rain will do all the cleaning needed. If not, just get in touch and we'll be able to advise you.  Maintenance packages are available which include a yearly clean.

Does the system need servicing?

A solar PV system does not normally need servicing as it has no moving parts and the other components, such as cables and connectors, are designed to withstand environmental conditions. We suggest a yearly check, call us to talk about the maintenance packages we have available.

How does the electricity generated by a solar PV system return to the electricity provider?

We ensure your system is installed according to the latest electrical installation guidelines. We will also advise your electricity provider that we have installed your system and deal with any paperwork.

What happens to my solar PV system during a power cut?

For safety reasons, the output of the solar PV system is automatically turned off when a power cut is detected.  It will automatically restart when the mains power is back - so you won't need to do anything.

Is TLGEC MCS accredited to install Solar PV and fully insured?

TLGEC is MCS accredited (in the UK) to install PV and able to carry out all electrical work in your home in accordance with Part P.  We are also fully insured up to £5 million public and product liability.

If you have any other question please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01481 255 666.  We are happy to answer any questions you may have and provide you with information to help you decide if solar is for you.