Commercial Solar-PV

Despite the fall in the tariff payments for domestic systems the impact on larger commercial solar systems has been far less. When viewed alongside rising energy costs, the falling price of solar panels and newly available grants; then solar should be a serious consideration for any organisation wishing to better manage its long-term energy costs.

Why Solar PV?

Solar PV is the perfect way to reduce your energy bills, cut CO2 emissions, and ensure that at least part of your electricity requirements will be met whatever is happening to the grid.

 

Installing a Solar PV system allows you to take control of your energy requirements with the following benefits:

  • Receive a substantial income from the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) just for generating electricity
  • The generous government FiT provides a 20-year, guaranteed, index-linked income stream
  • Consume 100% of the electricity you generate free of charge
  • Fix the price of a significant proportion of your electricity costs and thereby hedge against rising energy prices
  • Cut your carbon emissions, lowering green taxes and demonstrating your green credentials
  • Sell any excess power you don’t use to earn additional income
  • The Return on Investment including FiT income, energy savings and export payments is likely to be between 10 &15% and can be higher pre-tax over 20-years
  • The income from the Feed-in Tariff alone offers a 10%+ return on your investment
  • Future-proof your business

Choosing the right solution

The are many considerations in choosing the right Solar PV system with criteria broken down into 4 main categories:

 

  • The Solar PV Modules or Panels
  • The Inverter
  • The Mounting System
  • The Design, Installation, Service & Support

“Seamless operation, I couldn’t

believe it was done so quickly

and so efficiently.”

How Energy Efficient are you?

Find out how Energy Performance Certificates can measure both your Energy Efficiency and Energy Performance.

Planning Permission

No planning permission is required for roof-mounted installations, with the exception of listed buildings and conservation areas.

Call Peter Read, Managing Director (07836 681678) to discuss your plans and requirements.

Investment & Returns

The table below gives a guide to the price for a complete installation based on the number of panels. These prices are intended to be a guide only, based on a simple installation on a straightforward roof. Clearly costs will increase with the level of complexity. Otherwise the prices shown are an all-inclusive price excluding VAT.

 

We can confirm all the details following a no obligation onsite survey and thereafter produce a full proposal including all the financial projections including income, savings and payback period.

Price (ex VAT) No of Panels Area (sq.m) System Size (kWp) Payback (years) Potential Return*
£5,000 16 30 4 8 13%
£12,000 40 75 10 7 15%
£23,000 100 190 25 7 15%
£42,000 200 375 50 7 15%
£155,000 800 1500 200 7 15%
£445,000 2350 4500 611 7 15%

Solar panels will give the best yield if set between 35-40 degrees facing south. However, we have many successful installations performing well on an east/west axis; the reduction in production efficiency is as little 15% in most cases.

 

The returns from a solar PV system come from three sources:

  • The Generation Tariff (an element of the Feed-in Tariff) – you get paid to generate electricity. For every unit of electricity you generate you get paid a fixed amount. The payment usually comes from your electricity supplier, it is guaranteed by government for 20 years and is RPI-linked.
  • Savings – you are allowed to consume, free of charge, every unit of electricity you generate. For every unit of free electricity you consume there is a saving of the price you would otherwise have paid to your supplier.
  • The Export Tariff – if you are unable to consume all of the electricity you generate you can export all of the excess back to the grid and receive a payment for it.

The Feed-in Tariff rates are reviewed by government quarterly – for the latest, take a look at our FITS page.

 

Business revenue generated by the Feed-in Tariff is subject to tax. Capital Allowances are usually available for the SolarPV system capital cost.

 

You will need an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) Level D in order to claim the Feed-in Tariff, which we can organise for you.