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Solar panels for universities.
So many organisations across the UK can benefit from solar panels. Particularly universities, which are arguably the perfect candidate for solar panels.
Thanks to expansive flat roofs, high energy usage and a limited budget spent every year, there are plenty of reasons universities should invest in solar panels.
Our expert team are on hand to develop and install a solar set-up to meet your energy demands, reduce energy bills and allow you to do your part for the planet.
Reduce energy bills
One of the primary reasons we’re seeing more universities invest in solar panels is the potential savings. As energy prices continue to rise, utility costs are a growing concern for universities. Thankfully, solar panels offer an excellent return on investment and years of free energy.
Because universities have high energy consumption, they also benefit from increased potential savings. Generally, the more energy you use, the more you stand to save every year. As a result, you can expect a return on your investment in as little as 9 years based on average set-up costs.
So, if you’re one of the forward-thinking universities investing in solar, you’ll be able to safe proof your organisation from the market volatility we’ve witnessed in recent years.
Further benefits of solar panels for universities
Cut your carbon footprint
As universities are often on large campuses with significant energy usage, universities also produce a lot of carbon. As the UK works towards a Net Zero target, there is increasing pressure on large organisations to do their part.
As one of the world’s cleanest and most sustainable solutions, switching to solar panels is a cost-effective way to become a greener campus. Saving money whilst doing good? Surely, it’s a no-brainer!
Although solar panels only work during daylight hours, you can store energy to use around the clock with a battery storage system. As a result, with the right set-up, your university could become self-sufficient, no longer requiring power from the national grid.
With a lot of students and staff comes a lot of maintenance. So, you’ll be glad to know that solar panels are low maintenance. Providing they’re adequately maintained, solar panels have a lifespan of 25 years. So, you’ll benefit from free energy for years after you’ve covered your cost.
Universities are shaping the next generation. You can encourage students to embrace a greener mindset and do their part for the planet by leading the way. Furthermore, as the climate crisis becomes increasingly concerning, investing in solar panels can earn you kudos from staff, stakeholders, potential students, and the local community.
Solar panels for universities with Solar Fast
Solar Fast is committed to supporting more universities to invest in solar power, and we’d love to chat with you. Putting quality at the forefront, we offer Tier One solar panels, expert installation, and second-to-none customer service. So, get in touch today and get started on your solar journey.
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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