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Solar panels for public sector.
In the past decade, solar has become the fastest-growing solution for renewable energy worldwide. More businesses are investing in solar panels and the public sector is no different. Solar offers reduced energy costs for many public sector clients, from city councils and leisure centres to hospitals and surgeries.
Whether you want to meet environmental targets, reduce energy costs, or do your part for the planet, our expert team can plan and install a solar solution tailored to your needs.
Save money with solar panels for the public sector.
Public sector organisations are likely under more financial pressure than ever in the current climate. Enter solar panels, an environmentally friendly solution to reducing operating costs.
With a lifespan of over 25 years when properly maintained, solar panels offer free energy years after you’ve covered the cost. Based on the average installation cost for the public sector, you can expect to pay back your investment as little at 9 years.
So, while the initial investment seems substantial, you’ll soon see the reduced energy costs benefiting your bottom line.
Low maintenance solution
Another benefit of solar panels is they require little maintenance. So, it’s one less thing for you to worry about. Plus, with a lifetime warranty, you can enjoy the peace of mind that you’ll generate energy from your solar panels for their entire lifespan of 25 years.
Tried & tested technology
As technology advances, solar power is becoming increasingly efficient and reliable. As you gain independence from the grid, your solar set-up will offer reliable and consistent output for years to come.
Solar for public sectors with Solar Fast
We pride ourselves on quality products, installation, and service here at Solar Fast, putting you at the forefront. So, if you’re ready to unlock the power of solar, contact our team, and we’ll be more than happy to help.
Why invest in solar panels for the public sector?
Protect the planet
As the Government work towards reaching the Net Zero target, the public sector holds the power to shift the needle. Solar power is one of the world’s cleanest and most sustainable energy sources and is renewable. So, if we have the sun, we’ll have access to solar power, unlike other energy sources that aren’t infinite and damage the environment.
Investing in solar panels offers the chance to participate in the renewable energy movement and demonstrate your green credentials.
You’ll become less reliant on the grid
While solar panels require daylight to work, it doesn’t mean you’ll be without electricity outside of daylight hours. Instead, you can install solar battery storage, storing and accessing energy around the clock. As a result, you’ll become less reliant on the grid and potentially produce 100% of the energy you use.
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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