February 10, 2023

Solar Panel Installation, Newhaven

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Are you considering a solar panel installation at your Newhaven Home? You are not alone. As energy prices soar, many households in Newhaven are considering the benefits a solar panel installation can bring. You are likely to have several questions about solar panels and the installation process. J Kirby Electrical are experienced solar panel installers based in Newhaven. Our friendly electricians have put together this simple guide to solar panel installation to help answer your queries.

Is my home suitable for solar panel installation?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions about solar panel installation in Newhaven. Firstly, we need to look at the direction your roof faces. South, east and westerly facing roofs can all have sufficient exposure to accommodate solar panels. A north facing roof won’t receive enough light and installation would not be advised. You should also consider how much, if any, shading your roof receives from other buildings and trees. If it is heavily shaded, then your solar panels won’t generate much energy.

The condition of your roof will also be a factor in deciding if your home is suitable for solar panels. Your roof needs to be in good condition and strong enough to support the weight of the solar panels. If any repair work is needed, it is best to do so before your solar panels are installed. Your solar panel installer will also advise that your roof should ideally be between 20° and 50° for optimum performance.

How do I choose a solar panel installer?

Choosing a reputable solar panel installer can feel daunting. Many companies in Newhaven will offer their services to you but few of them will have the right skills and experience. To make sure you receive the best service and the right advice there are a few things to look for:

Look for a solar panel installer who is both qualified and registered with a governing body. This gives you additional protection should things go wrong and provides peace of mind. J Kirby Electrical are fully qualified electricians and are registered with the Competent Person Scheme and NAPIT.
Which products does your prospective solar panel installer recommend? There are quality options available for any budget and a reputable installer will only use highly rated suppliers.
It is a good idea to obtain quotes from at least 3 solar panel installers. You will be able to spot any quote that is excessively high or suspiciously low. This also gives you a chance to compare the advice you receive. At J Kirby Electrical we are happy to provide you with a quote and answer any of your questions.

What happens during a solar panel installation?

Once the solar panel installation has been booked for your Newhaven home, your solar panel installer will arrange for scaffolding to be erected. This is to allow safe access to your roof and will only be in place for a day or two either side of the actual solar panel installation. On the day of the solar panel installation mounts will be fitted to your roof for the solar panels. The electrician will then wire in your solar panels and install your inverter. They will also install a solar battery at this stage if one has been selected. The solar panel array will be connected to your electrical system via your fuse box and your electrician will need easy access to this. The power will be off for an hour or two whilst this process takes place. Your electrician will then connect the system to the national grid and you will be generating your own power! Before they leave, your solar panel installer will ensure you understand how your system works and will answer any questions you may have.

If you are interested in generating your own energy with a solar panel installation, please contact J Kirby Electrical. We are your local, trusted and reliable solar panel installers in Newhaven. Our experienced and fully qualified electricians are here to share their expertise and assist you every step of the way. Call us today to experience great service the J Kirby Way.

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