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Thanks to a Government backed scheme, clean energy doesn’t just SAVE you money, it will EARN you money too. With the Government backed scheme you will earn a regular tax free income for 20 years and reduce your energy bills by up to 50% by installing solar panels at your home.

Solar panels take advantage of a powerful yet free energy source – the sun. In a single hour the sun transmits more energy to the earth’s surface than the world uses in a year. Our guide outlines how you can use solar panels to make use of this free source of energy to generate electricity and hot water for your home.

  • Earn up to £13,000 on solar panels
  • Save up to 50% on your energy bills
  • We are MCS accredited installer
  • Flexi Pay
  • Get free electricity from the sun
  • Earn regular tax-free income guaranteed for 20 years

Generate your own electricity with solar energy panels to save energy and earn money back!

Solar panel electricity systems -- also known as solar pv panels or photovoltaic panels -- capture the sun's energy using photovoltaic cells and convert it into electricity for you home. Photovoltaic panels have been in use for decades and represent an environmentally-friendly means of converting solar energy into electricty. These cells don't always need direct sunlight to work, and can still generate electricity on cloudy days.

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Step 1: Request a free assessment

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Choose a time that best suits you, and a member of our team will come and give you a free assessment.

Step 2: Get a free survey & quote

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We'll carry out a detailed assessment of your home and talk you through your boiler and heating options and provide a fixed price quote.

Step 3: Installation begins

Installation begins

Your Engineer will fully explain how to use your new boiler and controls. Leave your home clean and tidy, and will arrange the disposal of all waste including the old boiler.


Discover how exciting solar can be as you navigate your way through our solar basics. Solar PV (photovoltaic) panels generate electricity from the sun's energy that can then be used to power household appliances and lighting. You can install solar PV systems for a building with a roof or wall that faces within 90 degrees of south, as long as no other buildings or large trees overshadow it. Less energy will be generated if the photovoltaic surface is in shadow for parts of the day, but it will still generate some electricity.

  • Can be installed in a day
  • Eligible for the Feed in tariff
  • Sell excess energy back to the grid
  • Save up to 50% on your energy bills
  • Only daylight is needed to create energy – not sunshine

A 4kWp system can generate around 3,800 kilowatt hours of electricity a year – roughly equivalent to a typical household's electricity needs. It will save nearly two tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. If your system is eligible for the Feed-in Tariff scheme it could generate savings and income of around £770 a year if you register before December 2014 (based on a 4kWp solar PV system eligible for a generation tariff of 13.52p/kWh). You will get paid for both the electricity you generate and use, and what you don't use and export to the grid.

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  System size Benefit p/a Carbon dioxide p/a
Registered up until 31st March 2014 4kWp 785 1.8 tonnes
Registered on and from 1st April 2014 4kWp 770 1.8 tonnes

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Solar power almost doubled in the last year, with 650,000 installations ranging from solar farms to panels on homes, figures showed. By the end of 2014 there was almost five gigawatts (5GW) of solar photovoltaic panels installed, up from 2.8GW at the end of 2013, the Department of Energy and Climate Change figures showed. The solar industry said there were now enough panels installed in the UK to supply the equivalent of 1.5m homes. Paul Barwell, chief executive of the Solar Trade Association said: "This milestone achievement is testament to the hard work of Britain's several thousand solar businesses, almost of all of them small and medium sized companies, who are all at the forefront of a real solar transformation as the technology steadily becomes one of the cheapest sources of clean, home-grown power."

Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Feed In Tariff?

The Feed in Tariff is basically a scheme set up to reward and incentivise people into creating their own renewable form of electricity in order to help reduce carbon emissions and potentially save the planet.

The Feed in Tariff means that you could get paid by your energy supplier based on the amount of electricity that you have produced through your Solar Panels.

The rate of payment for a regular 4kw system is currently at 13.39p/kwh. Prices do vary depending on the size of the system and your energy rating (must be a D rated property or above to claim the larger rate).

For any surplus energy in which you don’t use, The Export Tariff works alongside The Feed In Tariff and allows you to earn extra money by selling it back to the grid at a slightly lower rate of 4.77p/kwh

How Much Electricity Can Solar PV Panels Generate?

A standard 4KWP system can generate up to around 4000 Killowatt hours of electricity in the South of England and around 3300 in the North of the UK. This is just over three quarters to a full households electricity needs, dependent on the area in which you live.

You can get paid for each KWH of electricity you generate via the Feed In Tariff, and the electricity you don’t use can be sent back to the grid via The Export Tariff.

How often do I need to clean my solar panels?

Most dirt on rooftop solar panels comes from wind-blown dust and pollen causing a light dusty film. Bird droppings are not usually a problem. Steeply tilted panels tend to stay much cleaner than the panels that are close to the horizontal so would require less frequent cleaning.

A light covering of dirt would would only cause a minimal output decline (around 5%). However the output decline can be more significant (more than 20%) when panels get very dirty. This might occur when the location does not get regular rainfall or is in an agricultural area. If there are high levels of wind blown dust at your location, regular cleaning can reduce any output decline.

A good heavy rainstorm usually washes away most of the accumulated dirt, but if your location doesn’t receive rain regularly, or very little in certain months it is more worthwhile to clean your solar panels.

Other factors that you might consider is the cost to clean your panels (no specialist cleaning is required but employing somebody to access the roof may cost more than window cleaning for example) and your electric rate (if you benefit from a high rate for the power you generate then it is more worthwhile to keep your panels clean and running most efficiently).

Do I need planning permission for solar panels?

Solar panel roof systems are classed as permitted development so you don’t need planning permission, although if you live in an area of outstanding natural beauty, National Park or Conservation Area, you should contact your local council for guidance.

Planning permission for roof mounted solar panels on a pitched roof

Planning permission is not required provided that:
1. No part of the panel exceeds the highest part of the roof.
2. No part of the panel protrudes more than 20 centimetres beyond the plane of a roof slope facing onto and visible from a road.
3. Panels do not exceed the boundary of the existing roof.
4. If you live in a house within a conservation area or World Heritage Site the roof slope on which the panels are fitted must not face onto and be visible from a road.

Planning permission for Roof mounted solar panels on a flat roof

Planning permission is not required provided that:
1. Panels do not extend more than 1.5 metres above the plane of the roof.
2. Panels do not exceed the boundary of the existing roof.
3. If you live in a house within a conservation area or World Heritage Site the panels must not be visible from a road.


Planning Permission for Commercial Solar Panels

Up until recently, planning permission was not required for domestic properties but was required for commercial properties such as offices, warehouses. As of 6th April 2012, this has been lifted. Commercial and agricultural properties no longer have to apply for planning permission to have a solar panel installation fitted. This applies to systems up to 50KWP for electricity and up to 45 kilowatts for thermal. If you have been put off by the long application process before or have previously been turned down for an installation, now is the time to act.

The only exception to this rule is if your commercial property is a listed building in which case planning permission will still be an issue. Also a ground mounted system that is less that 9m squared in area will no longer need planning permission. All you will need now is a District Network Operator permission / approval for the system to the national grid which usually is not difficult or time consuming to obtain. If you have any doubts at all, Tempo can assist along with your local planning authority will advise you as to whether you are allowed to have the system fitted or not. But thanks to these new changes, most properties will get the go ahead needed for your solar panel system.

Call  Tempo on 0800 152 2011 who will be happy to help.

Do solar panels work in the UK?

The UK receives 60% of the amount of solar energy that the equator receives. Each square metre of the UK receives between 900– 1200kWh of solar radiation each year, making the UK a good climate for solar panels to work on homes. To compare, Sweden and Denmark have healthy solar industries, and they are in more northerly latitudes than the United Kingdom.

Generating electricity from solar panels is very efficient. Over 95% of the electricity collected from your PV system is converted into AC for use in the home, and this is much more efficient than electricity bought from the National Grid. Over 70% of the energy is converted into heat with solar heating systems. In comparison, grid-supplied electricity is typically less than 40% efficient.

Can solar save me money?

You gain financially in 3 simple ways:  you save on your energy bills and the government feed-in tariff scheme gives you a guaranteed income from the energy you create. Finally you earn an income from the export tariff. Consider these gains over 20 years, and you’ll see that it can be extremely lucrative.

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Our team of solar panel installers typically carry out installations throughout the North West, Wales, Yorkshire and the South West. Don't worry if you do not live in one of these areas as we are able to travel plus, we have a network of approved installers who we have partnered with.

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    To Andy and staff, Many thanks for all your help today, in my emergency.” Andy and the team were able to quickly respond to a boiler repair emergency in Prestatyn.

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    Mr & Mrs Hughes- Wrexham, North Wales

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