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Solar PV Installation - FAQs

 
 

Doyle Electrical's renewable energy team offer a high quality installed solar PV installation at great value for money. Our installers are all NIC EIC and MCS approved, so whether you are looking for a small domestic Solar PV panel installation, or a larger commercial solar PV installation we can provide you with everything you need to get the maximum benefit and value.

 

Here we answer some of our customers' more regularly asked questions. If you would like to know more, please call the Doyle Electrical Solar team on 01473 622674. We'll be pleased to help.

 

Does My Solar PV Installation Come with a Warranty?
Yes. We use only the very best products from a range of carefully selected manufacturers, handpicked by our team of experts. This means that we are able to offer a minimum 5 year materials and labour warranty, and in some cases depending on the products supplied and installed a 10 year materials and labour warranty


Are Doyle Electrical MCS Approved Installers and Why Is This Important?
At Doyle Electrical we place great importance on ensuring that all of our installers and electricians are fully qualified. That is why our installers are all NIC EIC and MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) approved.

 

Choosing an MCS Certified Installer means that you can rest assured, knowing that your solar PV installation is being carried out competently and to a high quality standard. It also means that your installation could be eligible for financial incentives, including Feed in Tariffs (FITs) which give you payments for all of the electricity your PV panel installation produces, whether you use it all or not

 

Can I Carry Out PV Panel Installation Myself?
Theoretically, anyone could carry out a PV panel installation, but unless you are very handy and experienced in home wiring, for safety reasons we would strongly recommend using experienced professionals to design and complete your solar PV installation, ensuring no damage is done to your home or to yourself when dealing with the DC voltage produced by the panels. On top of this there are several financial benefits to using a professional service for your solar PV installation:

  • When it comes to your PV equipment, with a MCS accredited installer you have to pay only 5% VAT rather than 20%.
  • Only with a MCS approved installer are you eligible for the Feed In Tariff scheme.
  • Without a MCS approved installer you will not have the correct EL & PL installation insurance in place.

Do I Need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?
As a part of its consultation on renewable energy and the Feed in Tariffs (FITs) scheme, the Government has stated that from 1st April 2012 anyone wishing to have a solar PV installation will be required to have an energy assessment carried out on their house. This will enable them to produce an EPC - essential when applying for the Feed In Tariff. To qualify for the current highest rate for a property, the EPC will need to have a rating of 'D' or above.

 

At Doyle Electrical Solar we offer a FREE EPC service when you agree to have your PV panel installation carried out by us. We will provide you with an EPC which will consider the impact of having a solar PV installation together with our recommendations for the energy saving measures and enhancements required to ensure your property meets the minimum requirement of a 'D' rating.

 

Will I Need Scaffolding?
To comply with legal requirements, and for health and safety, a Solar PV installation will usually require scaffolding to be put in place. If scaffolding is required, we will highlight this and account for it within our quotation, along with all materials, labour and VAT, which is currently set at 5% for domestic installations carried out by MCS approved installers.

 

How Long Does it Take?
In our experience, an average domestic installation will normally take around two days to complete. This will vary depending on the location of the panels upon a property, and the size of the solar PV installation itself.

 

Do I Need Planning Permission?
From 6th April 2008 all solar installations have been and continue to be considered permitted developments. This means that they should not require planning permission, providing they meet the following criteria:

  • The solar panel should not protrude more than 200mm above the roofline of the property.
  • The building is not listed or situated within a conservation area.

Despite this relaxation in planning legislation we recommend in all cases that our customers check with their local planning authority before committing to a PV panel installation.

 

What About After Sales Support?
Doyle Electrical Services have been established for over 20 years, and we have been designing and carrying out solar PV installations since 2010. We value our customers throughout the installation process and the lifespan of the product, so place great emphasis on our after sales support service.


Why Choose Doyle Electrical?
Established for over 20 years, at Doyle Electrical Services we are well known for our professional electrical installations, repairs and maintenance. When it comes to your Solar PV Installation you can expect the same quality service. Doyle Electrical Solar was created in 2010 and we have been designing and carrying out solar PV installations ever since.

 

We pride ourselves on offering a prompt, professional and friendly service, so much so that a large proportion of our work comes from recommendations and referrals. All of our engineers are trained in house to a very high standard ensuring compliance with all of our regulatory authorities.

We are accredited (number NIC 1761) members of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) - an independent scheme that certifies microgeneration products and installers providing greater protection for consumers.

 

For your solar PV installation choose Doyle Electrical Solar - call 01473 622674 to arrange a visit from our team today.

 

 

 
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