This is a tricky one. Going solar in the UK can be as easy as 1-2-3. But it can also be a frustrating and costly process.
Why is that? And what steps can you take to ensure that your solar experience is enjoyable?
Let’s tackle the “why” first.
Is Solar Energy the New Wild West?
In an earlier post, we talked about solar’s incredible growth in recent years. This is especially true in the United Kingdom, thanks to:
- Attractive financing
- Generous incentives
- Skyrocketing utility bills
By embracing solar power, our country has basically democratised energy. The nation’s electricity supply is no longer in the hands of monopolistic utilities. Anyone can harness free sunshine to create their own power and they can even share that clean energy with their neighbours.
All of this is already happening in the UK – despite our notoriously bad weather. More than 500,000 homeowners have installed solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on their rooftops. And this number will double, triple, and quadruple in the years ahead.
This type of growth has attracted A LOT of competition. There are now more than 3,000 solar installers throughout the UK, making it a buyer’s market.
Here’s the problem. Much of this competition is unregulated.
Technically speaking, you don’t need any credentials or training to install solar panels on your rooftop. There are even DIY home solar kits for the truly ambitious. So among these thousands of solar installers, there are scores of self-proclaimed “professionals” who over-promise and under-deliver.
Shoddy workmanship is only the beginning of your troubles if you choose one of these uncertified professionals.
Only MCS-licensed solar installers can connect your PV installation to the utility grid and help you qualify for the UK’s feed-in tariff. Without this incentive, you won’t be able to make money from the solar energy that your panels produce.
But there’s nothing to legally prevent non-certified installers from marketing their services. And unfortunately, many homeowners learn the hard way just how costly unlicensed installations truly are.
You can save yourself a lot of time and trouble if you stick with certified solar professionals.
Are You Safe If You Choose an MCS-Accredited Solar Installer?
You’re definitely safer. But you’re not out of the woods just yet. That’s because there are also certified installers who use unscrupulous tactics:
- They promote PV systems larger than you really need
- They use inferior parts to keep costs low
- They do not (cannot) install your system to its full potential
- They offer short workmanship and product warranties
So how do you protect yourself from these types of installers?
It can be difficult – especially since some contractors invest more in their marketing materials than they do in their actual services. You’d be surprised how convincing a slick brochure can be.
However, don’t be fooled and be sure to read our top 10 tips on choosing a solar panel installer before making a decision.
How We Protect You and Make It Easy to Go Solar
If you have the time and energy, it’s possible to find reputable solar installers in the UK. It takes a lot of homework – but it’s definitely possible.
However, we offer a slightly different approach that is both easier and safer.
At SolarLinker, we partner with leading installers throughout the UK. Every single one of the contractors in our network meets the following criteria:
- MCS-certified with extensive solar installation training
- Qualified to enrol you in the feed-in tariff
- Overwhelmingly positive reviews from past customers
- High quality solar components that deliver optimal performance
However, we take this process one step further.
When you request a solar quote through us, we match you with up to 3 separate offers. These licensed installers know they’re competing with one another and they’ll work that much harder to earn your trust and win your business.
Each of them will:
- Visit your home to evaluate its solar potential
- Analyse your electricity consumption and spending
- Discuss your financial and environmental goals
- Draft up a no-obligation solar proposal
All of the above happens at no charge to you. You can look at the numbers and go with whichever offer makes the most sense and there is absolutely no obligation to move forward. If you don’t want to, you don’t have to go solar at all.
It’s that simple.
In the UK, solar has helped democratise energy. But with our unique approach, we’ve helped democratise the very concept of going solar. We make it easy for anyone to receive the best possible quotes at the lowest possible prices.
And this service doesn’t cost a thing.
If you do decide to move forward, you’ll benefit from a fully-licensed and high quality solar installation that delivers:
- Lower utility bills
- Income-generation potential
- A smaller carbon footprint
To get started, request a free solar quote today.