If you are considering which solar panel installer to choose, it is more than likely that you have already done your research on how solar panels work and on whether your home is suitable for solar PV.
Choosing the right installer, who will make your green investment a reality, is an important step in the process and one which you should carefully consider.
We’ve put some tips together to help you choose the right Solar PV installer for you.
Are they MCS Accredited?
MCS Stands for Microgeneration Certification Scheme. MCS is a standards organisation, that creates and maintains standards that allow for the certification of products, installers, and their installations. They specialise in low-carbon renewable technologies, including Solar PV.
Using an MCS Certified installer ensures that equipment meets good standards of performance and that installers are technically safe and competent.
Choosing an MCS-accredited installer to install your Solar panels, offers you peace of mind and confidence that you will receive the highest standards, delivered by accredited installers who are committed to quality and compliance.
Warranties and workmanship guarantee
Apart from choosing an MCS-certified Solar PV installer, it is important to understand any associated guarantees you obtain with the Solar PV system.
A credible Solar PV installer is likely to recommend the best Solar panel system for your roof – taking into account your energy usage, energy usage behaviour, size of the roof, and type of property. You should be given a design for your new Solar panel system.
For peace of mind, in case anything was to go wrong, be sure to ask the installer about the warranties for each part of your Solar PV system.
The average performance warranty for solar panels is around 20 to 25 years. Solar inverters tend to have a warranty of around 5 to 10 years.
It is good practice for installers to offer a 2-year warranty on all work completed.
Installation costs and aftercare support
Installation costs are an obvious factor when considering investing in Solar PV. Your budget has a huge part to play in your decision-making process.
Anyone that is making a considerable purchase, like investing in Solar PV, needs to understand the value they are getting in return for their investment. Don’t be afraid to ask the installer plenty of questions about the panels they recommend, the benefits, and importantly the cost of the panels. That way, you have all the information you require to make your decision.
Solar panel system costs will vary, depending on the size of your system, scaffolding costs, and any applications that will be needed for the DNO (District Network Operator).
On completion of the Solar panel installation, the installer should give you a handover pack. This pack should give you all the information you require on your system, should you need to refer to it in the future. Examples of what should be included are – a copy of your MCS certificate, a copy of your solar PV design, warranties, weight calculations, and contact details.
Choose a brand you can trust
It is important that you choose an installer that is credible and that you can trust. Check out their website to find out more about the company. Consider factors such as the number of years they have been trading, the ethos of the organisation, and their experience.
Have a look at the installer’s accreditations, which are good indicators that they are a proven track record of installing to a high-quality standard.
Insulating your home will keep you warm this winter
Did you know? According to the Energy Saving Trust, around one-third of heat loss from most homes is through the walls, and a quarter of heat is lost through the roof in an uninsulated home. Insulating your home, will keep you warm and cosy this winter, reduce your energy bills even further, and can help improve the EPC rating of your home.
You can also benefit from 0% VAT when having insulation and renewable measures installed – so extra savings!
Did you know? There is home insulation funding available through various energy efficiency grants. Read more to see if you qualify for grant funding for insulation measures.
Why should you choose Dyson Energy Services to install your Solar PV?
- With over 40 years of experience in the energy efficiency industry, we are a brand you can trust
- We’ve installed approaching 3 million energy-saving measures across renewables, insulation, and heating
- We are TrustMark registered – delivering confidence, comfort, and choice through government-endorsed quality
- We are an MCS-accredited installer – giving you peace of mind that your Solar PV will be installed to the highest quality standards
- Our extensive range of accreditations demonstrates our commitment to quality
- Experienced multi-skilled directly employed local labour