To tell if solar electricity
is right for you, there are a few key questions to consider:
- Do you have a sunny place to put it? Youll need a roof or wall that faces within 90 degrees of south, and isnt overshadowed by trees or buildings. If the surface is in shadow for parts of the day, your system will generate less energy.
- Is your roof strong enough? Solar panels are not light and the roof must be strong enough to take their weight, especially if the panel is placed on top of existing tiles. If in doubt, ask a construction expert or an installer.
- Do you need planning permission? In England, Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland, you dont need planning permission for most home solar electricity systems, as long as theyre below a certain size but you should check with your local planning officer, especially if your home is a listed building, or is in a conservation area or World Heritage Site.