Can I swap electricity suppliers if I have Solar PV Panels?
Yes, you can still switch electricity supplier if you have Solar PV panels. You will continue to receive your Feed-in Tariff from the original supplier, but your electricity will come from your new supplier.
Do I need planning permission to install a PV system?
Generally you don't need planning consent for domestic Solar PV panels as long as the system is installed according to certain criteria, such as not to be installed above the highest part of the roof or projecting more than 200mm from the roof slope or wall surface. However, if you live in a conservation area or a listed building you should check first with your local planning authority. Also, if your solar pv panels would be visible from the roadside of the property you may need to apply for planning permission.
What happens if we sell the property?
The ownership and benefits of the Solar PV system are directly linked to the property, not the occupants. So if you decide to sell or move from the property all of the benefits of the Solar PV system such as FITs payments will be passed on to the new owners.
What is the expected life span of Solar PV panels?
Solar PV panels should be expected to last a minimum of 25 years, since there are no moving parts. Although, some experts suggest that 90% of modern photovoltaic panels last for over 30 years.