Solar power for your home

Sunlight Future design, supply and fit with our in-house team. Never outsourcing to other companies means control over quality, we are happy to have a 10 year workmanship warranty because we treat every home as if it were our own. Our industry leading service delivers the best design with the right equipment at the right price.

We make solar power investment as sustainable as it should be.

How it works:

Solar photovoltaic panels generate clean renewable energy by harnessing the free solar power of our sun, you benefit from free electricity and Feed in and Export Tariffs. With fuel bills continuing to relentlessly rise and the added benefits of energy storage, EV’s and energy management there has never been a better time to take advantage of this exciting green technology.

Is it right for you?

Generating your own solar energy is an intelligent investment in your own future. Sunlight Future solar PV systems return an average of £1000 per year for 20 years, however investment is not right for everyone and not every house is suitable. Our ethos is to find the right solution for each customer even if that means advising against solar on the rare occasion it wouldn’t be effective, to find out more just ask us today.


  • Fast Design Service

    10yrs of postcode specific climate data, shading analysis and database of every UK approved product equals the right products at the right price

  • Expert Advice

    We give you what you need from experts: uncluttered advice, free from sales nonsense.

  • Product Knowledge

    Sunlight Future have a broad and carefully chosen product range, firm partnerships with the industry’s best manufacturers.

  • Efficient & Professional Installs

    With work carried out by our own dedicated install teams ensure that our designs become top quality installations with unbeatable guarantees

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I power my home from solar PV?

    An average home in the UK uses 3300 kWh per year and we can achieve over 4000 kWh from a good domestic roof. Your home will still have a grid connection and import power when you are not producing enough, with the arrival of good home batteries such as the Tesla Powerwall self sufficiency is even closer

  2. Why now?

    Solar installations are better value than ever before, solar PV is a mature technology with proven bankability, equipment and installation costs have stabilised in a time when energy costs are continuing to rise. Advances in battery storage and energy management mean that our customers are more self sufficient than ever, achieving energy security and large savings to running costs whilst producing their own clean energy.

  3. Is my house suitable?

    Most buildings have some usable roof space and can benefit from solar PV but not all will be worth installing on. South facing roofs are optimum but east / west roofs can produce nearly as much clean power and should also be considered.

    Its quick to get all the answers and a free bespoke design that optimises your house with a fast, easy and cost free quote and survey from us.

  4. What are the financial benefits?

    Now in its final year for new applications The Feed-In Tariff (FiT) is designed to encourage investment in renewable energy. FiTs will be phased out to new applicants as energy prices rise so the scheme favours early adopters who will lock in FiT rates for 20 years from application, as energy prices rise their savings will be ever larger. The FiT scheme is due to expire in 2019 having done its work of stimulating the solar PV supply chain until the costs are low enough to sustain uptake. Customers installing before 2019 will benefit from 20 years of additional payments on top of energy savings and export payments for power sent back to the grid.

    Currently a business or household that installs solar PV panels will benefit from the electricity they produce in three distinct ways:

    1) The generation tariff.

    This is a set rate paid to the owner of the panels for each unit of electricity that the solar panels generate, measured in kilowatt-hours, or kWh. In the case of solar PV this is currently paid at 3.93 pence per kWh (for systems up to 10kWp) and 4.15 pence above 10kWp. The owner of the PV panels will receive the generation tariff via their electricity company or an independent FiTs provider (such as Good Energy), whether they use the electricity themselves or not.

    2) Lower electricity bills.

    Some, but not all, of the installed location’s electricity demand will be met by the solar panels! How much they save depends on how much electricity they use during the day when there is sunlight and the solar panels are generating. To make the most of this free electricity, think of it as the opposite of the old Economy 7 tariffs. The more electricity used during daylight hours, the lower the energy bills will be. We have some great products that help you organise your energy usage to take the greatest advantage of the free energy periods as well as battery storage systems to substantially increase your self-consumption, please contact us to find out more.

    3) An export tariff.

    Any electricity the PV system generates but doesn’t use is sold to the grid for a fixed rate of 5.03 pence per kWh. At present domestic installations do not need an export meter. Instead, the FiTs provider will assume you are exporting exactly 50% of the total you generate, and pay you accordingly for this.

    For further info on Feed-In Tariffs please visit The Energy Saving Trust.

    With these 3 income mechanisms, energy bill prices set to continue to rise and daily reminders in the news of the runaway costs of non-renewable energy generation, there has never been a better time to back sustainable, clean and practical alternatives such as solar.

  5. How do I register for tariffs once my system is installed?

    We provide you with the documentation required and assist where needed with forms to the FiT provider, the application must be sent in by the system owner but we make sure the process is straight forward for you. Once your system is installed we will help you complete all of the application paperwork to submit to your chosen Feed-In Tariff provider as part of the handover service.

    To qualify for the Feed-in-Tariff your system must be installed by a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) approved installer (such as ourselves) and your building must also have an valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)* with at least a “D” rating. Most buildings do meet the “D” rating, if yours does not initially we help you get there with practical advice.

    *We will provide your EPC for free when you install with us.

  6. Is it a good deal?

    Solar PV installation typically represents a stunning investment returning up to 15% ROA, tax free for a guaranteed 20 yrs. Domestic customers see far better returns than compared to leaving money in an ISA or a pension plan. Solar investment continues to be a great investment, securing your future energy price, providing savings and producing clean, self generated energy.

  7. Are there still grants available?

    Renewable energy qualifies for generation payments for every kilowatt hour of power you produce, these typically cover the outlay of buying the system in about 9 years and will generate a sizeable profit over the life of the system but there are no upfront grants available to buy the systems.

  8. How does it work?

    As the sun’s rays hit the silicon crystals of the solar panels it causes electrons to flow, by arranging many crystal cells in series we can create usable amounts of energy that flow in Direct Current (DC) this is then put through an Inverter which changes the electricity to the Alternating Current (AC) that we use in our homes and can export back into the National Grid.

  9. How is solar fitted?

    Sunlight Future supply and fit either bolt on Solar PV systems that are mounted on top of your roof tiles or integrated panels that are part of the roof structure.
    The mounting system typically fits up under the tiles and are fixed to the rafters of the roof.

    The type of mounting system may vary depending on your roof type but our quote will account for this, we have extensive experience with all roof types. Domestic systems will usually be completed in 1 or 2 days but we will take as long as needed to make sure your job is 100% right and will be covered by our 10yr workmanship warranty.

  10. Does the system need maintenance?

    Panels and mounting system:

    PV systems should not need any maintenance under normal circumstances, all the products we install are tried and tested and come with MCS certification for installation in the UK. The panels typically come with a 25 yr performance guarantee and will last even longer if installed correctly. All of our work comes with a 10 yr workmanship warranty which is insurance backed and we only use stainless steel and high grade aluminium for the mounting systems which will outlast most roofs.

    Inverter:

    One component that can be expected to be replaced during the lifespan of the system is the inverter that changes the DC power from the panels to AC power matched to the incoming grid voltage and phases, this will result in no power being generated until resolved but represents no other issues. Thanks to the monitoring solutions built in to all our inverters this can be diagnosed remotely in most cases and quickly resolved.

     

    Cleaning:

    In rare circumstances panels can be cleaned if they show signs of dirt build up but they are designed to self clean under normal weather cycles and have a coating to ensure this, cleaning is not advised on most systems but if you do then warm soapy water and a non abrasive sponge is best.

  11. Do I need a new Energy Performance Certificate?

    Since the 1st April 2012 all domestic properties have required an EPC rating of D or above to qualify for the highest Feed in Tariff (FIT) rate, if you already have one this can be used, if not we can arrange for one to be carried out.

    If you are considering solar on a commercial premises, the non-domestic EPC register is available here: ndepcregister.com.

    To check whether a home currently holds an EPC you can visit the national EPC register online: epcregister.com.

    It is rare for domestic properties to have an EPC below the “D” rating required for the Feed in Tariff. As of the 15th January 2016, the “D” rating must be obtained before the renewable plant is commissioned, in order to be eligible for the higher FIT rate. This requirement has been introduced to encourage the uptake of energy efficiency measures in domestic properties. Previously the PV system itself could contribute towards the EPC rating. If you don’t have an EPC or are very concerned that your house will not make the grade, you can test the water by having a preliminary assessment carried out. This draft EPC will tell you your prospective rating and the assessor may even be able to suggest some very cheap (and worthwhile) smaller measures you should do to increase your rating further. After the installation of the appropriate measures, evidence will need to be provided to the assessor and the EPC can be formally lodged on the database ready for your Feed-In Tariff application. Sunlight Future have a database of assessors throughout the south west who we have used before and whose service we can recommend.

    For domestic customers who don’t currently have a EPC rated D or above, we will (re)fund the assessment and certification when you book with your installation with us.

    Call us today : 0117 325 0324

Testimonials

Sunlight Future are proud of the level of service we offer to our customers. Please see below testimonials from previous residential solar installations:

 

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