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Professional Solar PV System Installation by MCS Installers
As Solar Company Scotland has stated many times throughout the website, professional installation done with proper planning, care and purpose is paramount to getting the most from your solar panels. The most obvious things such as south or south west facing roof with no obvious obstructions such as trees or taller buildings are a complete no brainer as far as smooth installation goes. However, there is a bit more to professional solar panel installation than most people are aware of. Effective domestic solar panel installation involves several other vital aspects to ensure the efficiency, safety, and longevity of your solar PV system. Here are the key aspects that should be considered for all installations:

Benefits Of Installing Solar Panels

Installing solar panels offers a range of benefits, including:

One of the primary benefits of installing solar panels is the potential for significant cost savings on electricity bills. By generating your own electricity from daylight, you can reduce or even eliminate your reliance on grid electricity, leading to lower monthly energy expenses over time.

While there is an upfront cost associated with purchasing and installing solar panels, they can provide a strong return on investment over their full lifespan. With decreasing installation costs and various financial incentives, homeowners can often recoup their initial investment relatively quickly.

Solar panels allow homeowners to generate their own electricity, reducing dependence on traditional energy sources such as fossil fuels. This increased energy independence provides greater control over energy costs and reduces vulnerability to fluctuations in utility prices.

Solar energy is a clean, renewable energy source that produces no greenhouse gas emissions or air pollutants during operation. By harnessing sunlight to generate electricity, solar panels help mitigate climate change and reduce environmental impact compared to fossil fuel-based energy generation.

Solar panels can increase the resale value of a property. Studies have shown that homes equipped with solar panels tend to sell faster and at higher prices than comparable homes without solar installations. Solar panels are viewed as a desirable feature by homebuyers seeking energy-efficient and sustainable properties.

Solar energy is a reliable and abundant resource, particularly in sunny regions. By diversifying energy sources and incorporating solar power into the energy mix, communities can enhance energy security and resilience, reducing vulnerability to disruptions in supply chains or geopolitical tensions.

Investing in solar energy contributes to sustainable development by promoting clean energy production, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving natural resources, and fostering innovation in renewable energy technologies.

Solar installations can benefit entire communities by reducing strain on the grid, enhancing grid stability and reliability, and supporting local energy production. Community solar projects, in particular, enable multiple households to share the benefits of solar energy without installing panels on individual properties.

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Professional Solar Panel Installation

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 home or small business energy needs.

Key Steps for Solar Panel Installation in Scotland:

An MCS solar installer should conduct a thorough site assessment, in particular your roof (or land area if it an installation of ground mounted solar panels) to determine the best location for your 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.

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Types Of Solar Panel Installation

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: 

Residential Solar Panel Installation

Apologies if this one is painfully obvious, domestic solar installs are clearly the most common and as you’d expect this service what most of the jobs we connect you with installers are for.

Solar Panel Installation For New Builds

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.

Flat Roof Solar Panel Installation

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.

Ground Mounted Solar Panel Installation

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.

In Roof Solar Panel Installation

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.

Commercial 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 these types of smaller commercial installs.

Click here for more information about commercial solar panel installation.

Solar Panel Installation F.A.Q?

Here’s a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ)  from customers in Scotland over the years about solar panel installation:

Most homes are suitable for solar panel installation, provided they have adequate sunlight exposure and roof space. Factors such as roof orientation, shading from nearby trees or buildings, and local regulations may affect suitability.

The cost of solar panel installation varies depending on factors such as system size, equipment quality, installation complexity, and geographic location. You can have a smaller PV system supplied and fitted from as little as £4,000.

Our partner installers can begin installation in as little as two weeks from taking your initial deposit. The installation timeline depends on factors such as system size, roof complexity, and local permit requirements. A typical residential installation can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, including site assessment, permitting, installation, and final inspection.

While it’s technically possible to install solar panels yourself, it’s not recommended unless you have experience with electrical systems and roofing. Improper installation can be dangerous and may void warranties. Hiring a licensed and experienced solar installer ensures proper installation and adherence to safety standards.

Solar panels generally require minimal maintenance, typically limited to occasional cleaning to remove dust, debris, or bird droppings that may reduce efficiency. Additionally, it’s advisable to have a professional inspection every few years to ensure optimal performance.

In most grid-tied solar panel systems, solar panels will not provide power during a grid outage for safety reasons. However, systems equipped with battery storage or backup power capabilities can continue to provide electricity during outages, depending on their configuration.

No, Solar Company Scotland’s partner installers will not fit solar panels you have bought yourself.

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