Increase your returns and future-proof your investment in solar PV

Upgrade your current Solar PV System

Investing in solar was a great idea, you would have benefited from reduced energy bills and of course the Government’s Feed-In Tariff.  But as with most technology, advancements mean that there is now a way to get even more power and in turn more saving and income from your system.

How?  Well did you know that older string inverter systems lower the output of all panels to the level of the lowest performing panel?  Just a simple bit of shading, soiling or damage to one panel can affect the whole system. Power Optimisers added to each panel mitigates these losses through extracting the maximum energy from every panel, regardless of the others in the string.

Even greater returns

As Certified Installers, we upgrade around 200 systems a month with SolarEdge Inverter and Power Optimiser technology, giving PV owners the following comprehensive benefits:

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Increased Generation

SolarEdge Power Optimiser technology has been tested by industry magazine Photon and has been proven to increase generation by up to 25%.

20 Year Warranty

Older string inverters typically only came with a 5-year warranty and many are now out of date. We offer a 20-year warranty on the latest high-performance SolarEdge HD Wave inverter, plus the SolarEdge Power Optimisers come with a 25-year warranty meaning that you never have to worry again.

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Expert Monitoring

A SolarEdge system gives you access to individual panel monitoring via your computer, tablet or phone allowing full visibility of the performance of your system.  We also offer a monitoring service that then alerts you to any issues for your peace of mind.

Enhanced Safety

Fire-fighting a house with a standard inverter will cause a high risk to occupants and firefighters, this is due to the high level of DC current that will still be live even when power to the house is shut down.   SolarEdge has SafeDC TM which reduces the voltage in the DC cables to a safe extra-low voltage when required.

“I live in the south-east of England. I had their new inverter fitted on my existing solar panels and the main inverter at the end of June this year (2016). I have just had electricity bill for this quarter which was £150 compared to last year my bill was £383. So it has cut my bill down £150 and I’m still with the same energy supplier.  I recommend this product to anyone who is seeking to buy the system and wanting to cut down on their bills. I’m more than impressed with the product being I’m an OAP. Every bit of money I save the better.  Many Thanks to Solar Plants LTD.”

— Colin Baker

“I live in the south-east of England. I had their new inverter fitted on my existing solar panels and the main inverter at the end of June this year (2016). I have just had electricity bill for this quarter which was £150 compared to last year my bill was £383. So it has cut my bill down £150 and I’m still with the same energy supplier.  I recommend this product to anyone who is seeking to buy the system and wanting to cut down on their bills. I’m more than impressed with the product being I’m an OAP. Every bit of money I save the better.  Many Thanks to Solar Plants LTD.”

— Colin Baker

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Not all Inverters are made equal, Traditional vs SolarEdge

Older string inverters will lower the output of your system to the lowest performing panel. A SolarEdge system mitigates these losses through extracting the maximum energy from every panel, regardless of the others in the string. Therefore if one panel is not functioning at full capacity, it will not affect the performance of your system.

  • Upgrading to a SolarEdge system has seen some customers increase the performance of their solar by up to 25%!

Indeed, most standard systems do not come with panel level monitoring so many owners do not even know if they have issues. SolarEdge gives detailed online or app-based monitoring for you to easily view at any time.   Here at Solar Plants, we have a dedicated team who will monitor your system and alert you to any issues if they arise.

  • Nearly a third of all customers we upgrade have had panel or wiring issues they were not aware of!

 

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Underperformance could be damaging your returns

There are many reasons why your panels may not be performing at their optimum ability.

SOILING

Panels often get soiled because of simple things such as leaves, bird poo, mould etc.  Just a small amount of soiling can bring down the performance of a system by a staggering 50%!

MALFUNCTION

A panel may not be working or could malfunction at any time, but unfortunately, there is no way of telling with a traditional inverter system.  If one panel is not working then the rest of the panels in that string will also be restricted from working.

DEGRADATION

All panels age at different rates, and as they age their power and efficiency reduces, just one panel degrading at a faster rate than others will bring the total power of your system down.

MANUFACTURING TOLERANCE

All panels have a quoted ‘power tolerance’. For example a 200 watt panel with +5%/-5% tolerance is guaranteed to produce between 190 – 210 watts, however a traditional inverter will bring the power of all panels down to the lowest in the string.

THERMAL MISMATCH

Each individual cell in a solar panel is unique, and as a result all perform differently. Excess heat brings down the performance of solar cells, and mismatch occurs where the current between cells is regulated to the poorest performing cell, thus effecting the overall performance of that panel and in turn the string.

TRANSPORTATION DAMAGE

Many panels have travelled from far and wide to get to the UK, by land and sea. Just a simple bit of undetected damage to one cell or electrical component can bring down the performance of your total system.

Let the experts look after your investment

We have been installing SolarEdge technology since 2011 and were the first Certified Installer in the UK.  We monitor 4,000 individual systems on behalf of our customers and are currently upgrading 200 stringed systems a month to SolarEdge inverter and power optimiser technology.

We are also a SolarEdge Service Partner, which means that our in-house electricians have received advanced training to be able to repair or replace SolarEdge systems installed by other companies.

A customer’s perspective

We love recieving emails from our customers letting us know how much money they’ve saved! Below is just one of the many happy examples we’ve had.

“I understand that you are meeting my next door but one neighbour here in Woodleigh tomorrow. We discussed the upgrade you organised for me last August and I passed on to him the leaflets that you left with me.
 
On the 9th Jan the first full quarter on the modified system was completed and I was quite impressed with the result. I passed these figures to Keith last weekend. Obviously he too must have been impressed as he lost no time in contacting you.
 
You may be interested in the figures:-
 
Average return for the Oct. to Dec. quarter for the five years 2011/2015: £178
 
Return for the same quarter to Dec 2016: £228  Increase 28pc.
 
Maximum return for this quarter ( in 2013 )  £195 Increase    17pc
 
Kind regards
 
Tony”

“Firstly, the Adviser arrived exactly on time, gave an in-depth assessment of my current system which I then decided to upgrade to the SolarEdge upgrade pack, this allows me to manage my systems from my armchair and I can see what my systems are doing at any given time.

— William Stephens

“Firstly, the Adviser arrived exactly on time, gave an in-depth assessment of my current system which I then decided to upgrade to the SolarEdge upgrade pack, this allows me to manage my systems from my armchair and I can see what my systems are doing at any given time.

— William Stephens

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About Us

Solar Plants are award winning, national installers of solar and storage technology.  A family business, we have been in operation since 2011 and have installed over 6,000 domestic and commercial systems.  We are the only installer in the UK that have panel and inverter test rigs, and we only recommend the best performing, future proofed technology with robust warranties to protect for the long term.

The Solar Plants Process

We provide a comprehensive system health check to assess how your PV is functioning against MCS projections:

Advisers

We have many highly trained Energy Advisers situated throughout the UK available to visit at your convenience.  They will use their understanding of how solar technology works to determine whether SolarEdge could provide you with a more profitable and long-term solution.

Health Check

In addition, our Energy Advisers will conduct a thorough review of your current system, including looking at your initial paperwork/predictions, warranties, energy bills, generation meter readings and FIT statements.  This enables them to compare current system output against the projected SolarEdge output and make their recommendations accordingly.

Quotation

If we believe that an upgrade to a SolarEdge system would benefit you, then we will leave you will a free, no obligation quotation, with detailed analysis and projections and literature about SolarEdge to help you reach your own conclusions.

When you’re ready

There will be no hard pressure sale on the day.  You will be left with the information and quotation for you to ponder over in your own time.  The Energy Adviser and Solar Plants Customer Service Team are always on hand to answer any questions you may have.

So why wait any longer?

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