Everlasting energy
for your future

Over half of all self-build projects now install renewable technology not only to tick the ‘green’ box, but to futureproof the property in the long-term from unstoppable rises in energy bills. Installing solar will also off-set the cost of your investment with lifetime energy savings and a 20 year, guaranteed, tax free income.

Planning the integration of renewable energy technology at the start of a self build or renovation project will ensure that the solar is incorporated seamlessly as part of the overall build, and that it fits aesthetically within the design plans.

Our energy advisers understand that researching the best renewable technologies to use can be a bit of a minefield! We will bring to you our extensive knowledge of the technology, and get an understanding of your project plans and future energy requirements. We can then advise you on the best technology suited to your energy needs and budget.

You will then be assigned a dedicated project manager and an in-house team of qualified roofers and electricians, to ensure a first class finish and hassle free installation.

More than just energy

Benefits
Save up to 75% off your energy bill

A solar PV system will generate plenty of free energy for you to use. The more solar energy you can use in the day to power your home, the less you will need to draw from the national grid saving you hundreds of pounds a year.

Free energy for life

By using your free generated electricity you are protecting yourself against energy price hikes and the current energy crisis.

Generate a tax free income

Currently the Government will pay you for generating your own electricity, whether you use it or not! At current rates a 4kWp solar PV array achieves a return of approx. 6%*, better than what the banks are offering for sure!

Increase the value of your home

Buying a property with free daytime electricity and a regular income is a highly attractive proposition for any buyer.

Become more self-sufficient

Let’s face it, we all begrudge energy suppliers dictating how much we pay! Installing a solar PV system is the first step to being self-sufficient, and with other bolt on energy saving products like solar batteries and immersion switches, along with other renewable technologies there are a number of ways to ensure that your home is protected for the long-term.

It’s great for the environment

Once installed, your solar PV system will not produce any carbon emissions, unlike burning fossil fuels for your energy! It’s great to do your bit for the environment.

Turning your dream home
into a real home

Roofing options

With sleek black panels and solar tiles, the option to integrate solar PV into your dream home, without having to compromise on your plans is now an option that many self-builders are choosing. Including solar PV at the design stage will ensure that securing the future of your energy supply happens seamlessly as part of your overall project, with the potential of cost savings along the way.

Click below to learn more about each product

Integrated PV Modules

Integrating solar panels is a cost-effective solution to ensure your modules do not detract from the look and feel of your home. Essentially panels fit flush with your roof and are suitable for most types of roofing material. We primarily install GSE and Viridian integrated systems and our recommendation for each will depend on your available roof space and proposed roofing material. For example, GSE permits the installation of any panel brands, whilst Viridian can only be installed using its own brand of panel. Both are completely watertight and are warranty protected for your peace of mind and negate the need for tiles where panels are situated, saving you money.

Our Self-Build and Renovation team can work with your architect at the design stage to ensure a cost-effective, sleek solar PV installation.

On roof

Of course, solar panels can be fitted ‘on roof’ which uses specialised brackets and rails attached to roofing beams, so the panels effectively sit over the top of the roofing material. This is the traditional method of installing solar and is still very popular due to the aesthetically pleasing nature of new panels which are now black, with black frames and are very unobtrusive in comparison to when they were first popular in the UK. Of course, whilst this method of installation can be performed after tiles have been installed, it makes sense to install the brackets and wiring pre-tiles to:
1 – make use of the access equipment already on site (scaffolding) thus saving money, and;
2 – ensure all wiring is hidden in the fabric of the build.
For standing seam roofs, specialist clamps that do not penetrate the surface are used to attach the rails to
the seams. Again, a conversation at planning stages will ensure the installation fits your design and planning
requirements and will maximise cost savings.

Ground Mounted

Of course, you do not have to have PV modules on your roof at all! We regularly install domestic solar systems on land using both frames and tubs.

Solar Tiles

Solar tiles, shingles and slates are a hot topic in the self-build market, promoted by brands like Tesla who have already launched their solar tile in the US. Essentially most of these tiles have either have a PV thin-film coating or discrete PV cells, with each tile connected to each other to generate the flow of photovoltaic DC energy. Other varieties include smaller, thinner solar panels (shingles) that replace ordinary tiles/slates having the aesthetic appearance of real
tiles, with no indication that they are actually solar!

Due to it being fairly new technology, the cost to buy and install solar tiles is reasonably high, plus the current efficiency levels are low when compared to traditional PV panels. However, as they replace actual roof tiles, some of the expense of installing solar tiles can be offset a little, bringing the cost down.

Thin Film Solar

Of course, if you are thinking of installing solar onto a standing seam roof there are currently two ways to achieve this: The first (which is covered in more detail below) is to go ‘on roof’ using bolts and rails. The second is to use thin-film PV technology which can either be made bespoke to your designs, with the solar already integrated or, retrofitted using adhesive thin-film solar laminates. Again, thin film technology is relatively expensive and the efficiency low, however, if you want PV integrated into a standing seam roof, this is currently the only option.

An affordable future
for everyone

Finance Options

Due to our outstanding reputation, we are privileged to have partnered with Shawbrook Bank to offer a number of flexible alternatives to help spread the cost of your system through manageably monthly payments. With a number of finance options available – it’s reassuring to know that you can focus your finances on your project.

A quality solar PV system from Solar Plants starts from as little as £5,800 excluding battery storage, and up to £13,000 with storage depending on technology chosen, plus VAT of just 5%.

Due to our outstanding reputation, we are privileged to have partnered with Shawbrook Bank to offer a number of flexible alternatives to help spread the cost of your system through manageably monthly payments.

You could benefit from competitive interest rates and the freedom to clear the balance outstanding without penalty.

Want to know more information about our finance options or which finance plan is best for you? Get in touch with us to speak to one of our financial experts.

An affordable future
for everyone

Finance Options

Due to our outstanding reputation, we are privileged to have partnered with Shawbrook Bank to offer a number of flexible alternatives to help spread the cost of your system through manageably monthly payments. With a number of finance options available – it’s reassuring to know that you can focus your finances on your project.

A quality solar PV system from Solar Plants starts from as little as £5,800 excluding battery storage, and up to £13,000 with storage depending on technology chosen, plus VAT of just 5%.

Due to our outstanding reputation, we are privileged to have partnered with Shawbrook Bank to offer a number of flexible alternatives to help spread the cost of your system through manageably monthly payments.

You could benefit from competitive interest rates and the freedom to clear the balance outstanding without penalty.

Want to know more information about our finance options or which finance plan is best for you? Get in touch with us to speak to one of our financial experts.

Harnessing the sun,
made simple.

How PV Works

It starts with the sun

During the day, solar panels on your roof turns sunlight into DC electricity

DC to AC

An inverter changes the DC electricity to AC for use in your home

Grid be gone

You use this energy to power your appliances immediately instead of drawing energy from the national grid

Save it or sell it

Any excess energy you generate will either be sent back to the grid or can be stored for when the sun isn’t shining!

Harnessing the sun,
made simple.

How PV Works

It starts with the sun

During the day, solar panels on your roof turns sunlight into DC electricity

DC to AC

An inverter changes the DC electricity to AC for use in your home

Grid be gone

You use this energy to power your appliances immediately instead of drawing energy from the national grid

Save it or sell it

Any excess energy you generate will either be sent back to the grid or can be stored for when the sun isn’t shining!

Delivered what was promised

“Please feed back to the team that the installation went well – in fact out of the whole house build, you were one of the very few suppliers who delivered what they promised, and when!”

— Mr and Mrs Slater

Delivered what was promised

“Please feed back to the team that the installation went well – in fact out of the whole house build, you were one of the very few suppliers who delivered what they promised, and when!”

— Mr and Mrs Slater

Get paid to generate your
own electricity

Feed-In Tariff

Get paid to generate your
own electricity

Feed-In Tariff
The Generation Tariff

The electricity produced by your system will be sent through a ‘generation meter’ which records in kWh what has been generated. You will be paid an amount for every kWh you generate whether you use it or not. This is known as GENERATION Tariff.

The Generation Tariff

The electricity produced by your system will be sent through a ‘generation meter’ which records in kWh what has been generated. You will be paid an amount for every kWh you generate whether you use it or not. This is known as GENERATION Tariff.

The Export Tariff

To maximise your savings, use as much of the energy you produce as you can so that you do not have to draw from the grid. Any energy you do not use will be sent back to the national grid. You will be paid an EXPORT tariff based on 50% of what you generate, even if you don’t export any!

The Export Tariff

To maximise your savings, use as much of the energy you produce as you can so that you do not have to draw from the grid. Any energy you do not use will be sent back to the national grid. You will be paid an EXPORT tariff based on 50% of what you generate, even if you don’t export any!

Quarterly Meter Reading

Send your quarterly generation meter reading to your energy supplier so that they can process your payment. Choose to be paid by cheque or payment directly into your bank account. Every year, for 20 years, your Feed-In Tariff will increase in line with RPI and is paid TAX FREE.

Quarterly Meter Reading

Send your quarterly generation meter reading to your energy supplier so that they can process your payment. Choose to be paid by cheque or payment directly into your bank account. Every year, for 20 years, your Feed-In Tariff will increase in line with RPI and is paid TAX FREE.

Example Solar Payback Analysis

Both the Feed-In Tariff and energy savings provide a healthy return on investment:

Cost of system: £5600

Yr 1 savings and Feed-In Tariff: £285
Yr 10 cumulative savings and Feed-In Tariff: £5565
Yr 20 cumulative savings and Feed-In Tariff: £16,356

Break even year 10
Net profit: £10,856
ROI: 9.5%

*based on a 4kWp system in South Wales, South facing, pitch 35degrees, shading factor 1, electricity tariff 15p kWh.

Example Solar Payback Analysis

Both the Feed-In Tariff and energy savings provide a healthy return on investment:

Cost of system: £5600

Yr 1 savings and Feed-In Tariff: £285
Yr 10 cumulative savings and Feed-In Tariff: £5565
Yr 20 cumulative savings and Feed-In Tariff: £16,356

Break even year 10
Net profit: £10,856
ROI: 9.5%

*based on a 4kWp system in South Wales, South facing, pitch 35degrees, shading factor 1, electricity tariff 15p kWh.

Multi-award winning installers

About us

In addition to our industry accreditations, you can relax knowing that by choosing Solar Plants you will be working with a multi-award-winning quality company renown for installing market leading, future ready technology.

We continually test all recommended products on our panel and inverter (and soon battery storage) test rigs, to ensure optimum performance in our local environment.

We have a department that continually monitors over 6,000 of our customers systems to ensure they are operating at maximum capacity and that there are no system faults. We do free of charge, as part of our commitment to helping our customers to protect their investment for the long term. As a result of this technology, we are currently replacing 200 inferior systems a month fitted by other installers.

We only use our expertly trained installation crew, comprised of qualified roofers and electricians to ensure a first class finish. As a result we are currently rated 9.3/ 10 for service on leading independent review website TrustPilot.

Solar Plants were first class

“From start to finish the service from Solar Plants was first class. The individuals with whom I had contact at head office and those who carried out the work were exceptional in the service they gave and in the work they carried out. Solar Plants kept me well informed throughout and delivered on time what they had promised. Better than many other companies with whom I have done business. Well done and keep it up.”

— Mr Poole

Solar Plants were first class

“From start to finish the service from Solar Plants was first class. The individuals with whom I had contact at head office and those who carried out the work were exceptional in the service they gave and in the work they carried out. Solar Plants kept me well informed throughout and delivered on time what they had promised. Better than many other companies with whom I have done business. Well done and keep it up.”

— Mr Poole

Get in touch with our dedicated self build department

0800 856 2200