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#1 back to the future

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:07 PM

Are popping up more and more,prices are dropping and with governments "Feed in Tariff"they seem to be a good investment over a long period and with fuel prices anticipated to rise by 7% per year for the next 10 years.
Just wondered if anyone has any experience or knowledge of them?what products are better than others,any drawbacks,maintenance costs,basically whats the pros and cons.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:19 PM

We have them and have made a 40% saving on last years bill.We use a system where the panels are mounted on a rail that's fixed to the roof and the company cover all maintenance costs.
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 09:31 PM

We have them and have made a 40% saving on last years bill.We use a system where the panels are mounted on a rail that's fixed to the roof and the company cover all maintenance costs.

Cheers for that,was beginning to wonder if anybody on here had heard of them :rolleyes:.

Did you buy them or a you under the rent a roof scheme,40% savings pretty good though,especially with the price hikes coming in

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:00 AM

I've been doing some work on a housing association site in Leeds. The houses, for rental tenancy, are being constructed with solar panels built in to the roofs rather than sitting on the roofs. I'm not sure whether the individual households benefit though.

I think they will look okay because all the houses will have identical fitments.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:03 AM

Cheers for that,was beginning to wonder if anybody on here had heard of them :rolleyes:.

Did you buy them or a you under the rent a roof scheme,40% savings pretty good though,especially with the price hikes coming in

Rent a roof scheme,we used a company called "A shade greener"
We are lucky in that the back of our house is directly south facing,so got the maximum amount of panels on the roof.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:30 PM

I've been doing some work on a housing association site in Leeds. The houses, for rental tenancy, are being constructed with solar panels built in to the roofs rather than sitting on the roofs. I'm not sure whether the individual households benefit though.

I think they will look okay because all the houses will have identical fitments.


I do know of a scheme, set up by Barclays, where they would ring fence energy costs for ten years. The trade-off to that was all the properties under the consumer's ownership would be covered in PV/solar panels.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:41 PM

Rent a roof scheme,we used a company called "A shade greener"
We are lucky in that the back of our house is directly south facing,so got the maximum amount of panels on the roof.


That sounds interesting, just read their blurb and they do lifetime boiler scheme also.

What were they like as a company? Hassle free?

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:04 PM

the question is rent the roof for 40% free electric,or buy a good quality 4KW system ,get the free leccy and the FIT money which "A shade greener" are benefitting from.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 07:53 AM

That sounds interesting, just read their blurb and they do lifetime boiler scheme also.

What were they like as a company? Hassle free?

No hassles,all very helpful and had no cause to deal with them since the panels have been fitted.
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 03:57 PM

Id recommend any renewable energy sources to anyone.

With the constant rising in electricity bills and the reported shortage of fossil fuels, I think its imperative that people should look at these energy sources.

The government wont, no money in it that way.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 10:41 PM

a bit worried by the 25 year rent the roof scheme,estate agents reckon it would be hard to sell your house and "A Shade Greener" have no buy out policy.
A 5k system will pay for itself in 5 years with the free leccy added to the"Feed in Tariff"which is indexed linked.Better return than an ISA.
Just need to reseach now whats the best system for output.




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