Learn more about renewable, cost-effective, and self-sufficient solar panels for construction.
Solar panels for Construction.
Many construction sites require their own power source. The go-to is typically a diesel generator. But what if there’s another, greener way? Enter solar panels.
Solar Fast offers a complete solar set-up for construction, including testing commissioning and certification to promote greener energy as much as possible.
We’re committed to offering competitive and compliant commercial solar set-ups to ensure a seamless project from start to finish and plenty of profitability.
Benefits of using solar to power your construction
As solar has become the fastest-growing energy source worldwide in recent years, the developing technology offers plenty of benefits, such as:
- Wave goodbye to loud diesel generators and hello to silent energy generation.
- Do your bit for the planet with renewable energy.
- Create a fully self-sufficient power set-up designed to cope with all conditions.
- Enjoy a low-maintenance and self-monitoring set-up.
- Easy installation and set-up.
- Set up can be easily scaled to meet evolving energy requirements.
- Benefit from huge savings over the long term.
The ability to work in remote areas without relying on the power grid.
We understand that installing solar panels on a construction site is a different kettle of fish from residential solar panels. That’s why our expert installation team have the specific training and accreditations needed to uphold health & safety procedures on site.
Our friendly team have plenty of experience working with and on construction sites to offer comprehensive solar panel installation with minimal disruption.
Why choose Solar Fast?
Solar Fast pride itself on offering our valued customers an excellent experience from start to finish. Here are some reasons you should trust Solar Fast with your solar power construction.
- Premium and cost-effective equipment: we don’t cut corners at Solar Fast. Quality is at the forefront of what we do. That’s why we only install Tier One solar panels, offering the market’s most efficient, reliable, and stylish solution.
- 25 year warranty: we believe in our products, and you should too. So, all our solar panels come with a 25 year warranty.
- Specialist advice & guidance: our in-house team know everything there is to know about solar panels. So, you’ll get access to expert advice and guidance from the get-go.
- Top-notch customer service: from the moment you enquire to post-installation, it’s only the best for our customers!
If you’re ready to start your solar journey and invest in solar power for construction, don’t hesitate to contact the team today. We’re more than happy to discuss your requirements, options and investment.
Why should I install Solar Panels for my Business?
If there is one thing a business needs, it's stability. Being in control of your energy supply means that your productivity and profit isn’t affected by supply issues or erratic pricing. Using renewable energy also future proofs your business by cutting your electricity bill and therefore reducing any green levies or taxes that will inevitably be introduced in the coming years. Plus, going green is a very marketable commodity.
What type of panels is best for commercial use?
There are 2 types of photovoltaic panels generally used in the UK - monocrystalline and polycrystalline. Without going into too much detail, monocrystalline panels tend to be most popular and widely available. The technology is improving within the industry and Solar Fast supply a half-cell monocrystalline panel that is one of the most efficient products on the market.
A good installer will ensure the most cost effective panels are part of your system.
How many solar panels do I need to run my business?
This would be based on the amount of energy you use, how much space you have to install the panels and what kind of panels you opt for.
Also, it’s best to think of your system as a way to reduce, rather than eradicate, electricity bills. But, regardless of whether your system is large enough to produce most of your energy needs or not, it is certainly a worthwhile investment.
Even a relatively small, 18 panel system would save a medium sized business (50 - 250 employees) up to £4000 a year at current energy prices.
Will I pay VAT on solar panels for my business?
While the government has announced a 0% VAT rate on domestic installations, the VAT is still set at 5% for businesses.
Do I Need a Solar Battery Storage System for my business?
Including batteries in your commercial solar power installation isn’t essential but we would recommend it if the premises are used outside of sunlight hours as, if you are overproducing during the day, this can be stored for later. This means you can continue to save money on your energy even when everyone’s working nights.
If you don’t want to include a battery in your system, we would recommend speaking to your supplier about a SEG (Smart Energy Guarantee) to sell any excess electricity back into the grid.
Do I need planning permission for installing solar panels on a commercial building?
In short, no you don’t, but we will have to add a few caveats to that answer.
Roof based solar system must not stick out more than 200mm from the roof/wall surface it is mounted on. If the system is on a flat roof, the panels must be less than 1m in height above the highest part of the flat roof excluding any chimneys. They must also be over 1m away from any external edges of the roof.
If you are lucky enough to have a business in an area of outstanding natural beauty, or land with similar restrictions, then you can’t have anything on a roof slope or wall facing the road.
New planning rules mean ground-mounted solar arrays of up to nine square metres don’t need planning permission if they are less than 4m tall and you can only have one ground mounted system for each building.
If we don’t own our building can we still install solar panels?
You can indeed but you will need the permission from the landlord and you will still need to comply with any regulations and planning rules attached to the building.
Most landlords would be delighted with one of their tenants installing a system that reduces the carbon foot-print of their property.
Do I need permission to install panels on a listed building?
Yes, yes you do.
Any kind of change to a listed building has to be okayed by the local council and you will have to make a case for your ‘LBC’ (Listed Building Consent). The advantage you will have is that renewable energy provision is a very compelling argument for improving both the cost and carbon footprint of an old building.
Panels are also easy to install, remove or replace with minimal disruption to a building.
How do I get planning permission?
Leave it to us!
We handle planning applications on your behalf as part of the install.
We will also handle structural surveys. These are required whenever the panels increase the structural load on the roof by 15% or more - which is pretty much all commercial installs.
Again, we handle this in your name and payment is made outside of your contract. That way, you get to keep the report to use elsewhere if you decide not to continue with the install.
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