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Posted on: May 20th 2022   •    Posted in: General News

Advice about solar panels

Some of our homes have solar photovoltaic (PV) panels fitted. We did this because of a planning or building regulation requirement. The vast majority that we have, around 1500, are as a result of a historical “fit for free” scheme.

At this moment in time we do not have plans to fit new solar panels, but keep your eyes peeled for updates on our plans to meet the zero carbon agenda.

If you have solar photovoltaic panels on your home, they will generate free electricity that you should benefit from.

The amount they generate will depend greatly upon the weather conditions and the time of year. They do not store the energy generated and anything unused is fed back into the electricity network.

It is important to remember that the energy generated will only offset what is being used at that point in time.

How will I know what the panels are generating?

The best way to find out is to contact your energy supplier and ask for a smart meter to be installed. This will show what is being generated or exported to the network.

These should be fitted free of charge as part of the government roll out, but please always check this before arranging.

I don’t think my solar panels are working.

The panels are monitored on behalf of the owners, so any faults or lack of generation will be actioned by Passiv systems or Solar Maintenance Services who will contact you directly.

If you don’t already have a smart meter, you can contact your energy supplier and ask them if the meter you have is set up to ‘export’ the energy that is generated.

This is required to ensure that any energy that is generated is offset against your own usage.

For more, call Solar Maintenance Services on 01228 267026.

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