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Have a question about solar panels?

Check out our frequently asked questions.

Whilst the UK is gradually moving towards a zero carbon future and producing more of our gas and electricity from renewable sources, we are still heavily reliant on fossil fuels. Until we can completely move away from these fuels, our energy bills will continue to fluctuate.  

You can help to take control of your energy bills by choosing to install solar panels onto your property. Here at Primis Renewables, we have a wealth of experience in helping you to choose greener and more energy efficient solutions for your property.

Installing Solar Panels

How do solar panels work?

Solar power works by converting energy from the sun into power. There are two forms of energy generated from the sun for our use – electricity and heat. Both are generated through the use of solar panels, which range in size from residential rooftops to ‘solar farms’ stretching over acres of rural land.

How much are solar panels?

Depending on the size of your property and the size of the system you require, it will cost you between £6,000 - £16,000 to install solar panels. This includes all of the required elements that make up the system as well as the option of installing batteries to store your electricity. Please contact the team for your personalised quotation.

How many solar panels do I need?

For an average home with three to four occupants, we would recommend installing a 4kW system. This would involve installing 10 x 400 watt panels.

Which direction does my roof need to face to install solar panels?

For optimum impact, it is recommended that you install solar panels on an unshaded south-facing roof. You can still install them if your roof faces east or west but they will not generate as much electricity. Solar panels are not generally advised if you have a north facing roof.

How much energy does a solar panel produce?

Here at Primis Renewables, we install 400 watt solar panels which will generally produce 300-350 kW per year.

Do you need planning permission for solar panels?

In the UK, you will generally not require any form of planning permission to install solar panels on your property. However, if you live in a listed building or an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) then you will need to seek permission from the relevant authorities before installing solar panels.

Do smart metres work with solar panels?

Yes, second generation smart metres (SMETS2) are compatible with solar panels.

Can you put solar panels on a flat roof?

Yes, we use special mounting frames to ensure correct fixing. Please get in touch with the team for more information.

How can Primis Renewables help you?

We hope you have found the answers to our questions useful in helping you to decide whether solar panels are right for your home. For more information on the installation process, or to receive a free, no obligation quotation, please contact the Primis Renewables team on 01952 97 11 46 or email:

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