Listed below are the essential aspects all partners of Solar Company Scotland follow to ensure a professional solar panel installation that will provide the best performance for your homes or small business energy needs.
An MCS solar installer should conduct a thorough site assessment, in particular your roof (or land area if installation ground mounted solar panels) to determine the best location for your solar panel installation. Factors such as how to get maximum sunlight exposure, eliminating or reducing shade, and the available space should be carefully evaluated at this stage. Some websites are delivering prices and design of arrays online like a pizza these days, make sure a professional takes a proper look!
Installers should then ensure that your roof structure is suitable for supporting a solar panel array. They will consider the roof’s orientation, pitch, and material to maximise sunlight exposure to your panels.
Most of the time, you do not need planning permission to install solar panels in Scotland. However, in certain rural areas you might, professional installers will help you obtain the necessary permits before proceeding with your installation. It is best to be safe than sorry, you will already know if you live in a conservation area or an old protected building.
Contrary to what you may think, solar panels are not solar panels, you need to get the best panel make, model and PV system for your energy needs, roof type and available space. Panels these days are far more powerful, often producing at least double the output of panels of a similar size made in previous decades.
A professional installer will evaluate an appropriate inverter for your system that converts the DC power generated by your solar panels into usable AC power in the most efficient way for your home. The type of inverter (string inverter, micro inverter, or power optimiser) has a significant impact on your system performance.
Your solar battery should be the same brand as your inverter to ensure they sync together and provide the best results. Common issues with inverters or batteries that have faults or are not working correctly, is related to them not being manufactured by the same company.
You should only ever use a robust and secure mounting system to fix the solar panels to your roof or on the ground. The mounting system should be designed to withstand Scottish weather conditions, such as strong winds and snow loads.
The best installers should have strong electrical and wiring skills, ensuring proper electrical wiring and connections to properly integrate your solar panels with your home’s electrical system. Compliance with electrical codes is essential to guarantee safety, reliability and optimal performance.
One of the most common issues that arise during servicing of solar panels, is connections not being properly installed, they can sometimes become dislodged by birds or bad weather, however, unfortunately there are many cases where they simply where not setup properly during the initial installation.
These days every system should have a monitoring system to track the performance of your solar panels. This allows for early detection of issues and ensures efficient operation over the system’s lifespan. All of the installers we work with provide this service, with a user friendly mobile APP you can easily track it from.
There a various different types of solar panel installation required in Scotland, given our partner installers are specialists in solar, they can provide any of the following:
Apologies if this one is painfully obvious, domestic solar installs are clearly the most common and as you’d expect this service is on offer nationwide.
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Wether you are managing your own new build project, are a property developer who is managing various constructions or a local council building a reasonable number of new homes our installers are happy to discuss your specific requirements in more detail.
Any large scale projects requiring tender applications are most likely not suitable, however, if it is a smaller job with less application demands, please get in touch.
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Solar panel installation for flat roof surfaces requires a different system design and materials. This includes things such as the mounting systems that come with ballast features and paying close attention to the angle and pitch of the panels.
Flat roof solar panels are popular on commercial properties too, places such as schools, council buildings and even Edinburgh Castle make use of them.
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Ground mounted solar panel installation is very popular in Scotland due to the large percentage of rural areas we have in the country. Ground mounted solar installation requires specific considerations and it’s always wise to ensure the installers you hire have completed many of these before.
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In roof solar panel installation also known as roof integrated solar or simply integrated solar, is a type of panel you install into the body of the roof. In roof solar installation is commonly found on new builds and if you look at any new house estates or construction sites will notice them built into the roofs.
See our page about in roof solar panel installation.
Our partner installers specialise in domestic solar panel installation, however, if you are a small local business, landlord or property developer then they can assist with smaller scale commercial solar projects.