FAQs & Video Explaination
- Who pays me my money?
- Where does the money come from?
- When and how are payments made?
- Do you need planning permission?
- Is your roof strong enough?
- How much will the system cost?
- How much money will I save/earn?
- How much your supplier will pay you?
Although the FITs are established in law, rather than coming from the government, the tariffs are actually paid by the energy suppliers.
It comes from the supply companies. The suppliers pass on the cost of the Feed-In Tariffs to their electricity customers.... so people who don't install solar systems pay for those who do!
If you use the same company that supplies your electricity to pay your Feed-In Tariffs, they are likely to do both at the same time. They may choose to pay a cheque or submit a bill for the difference. Contact Use Solar and we can give you specific information for your energy supplier.
In England, Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland, you don't need planning permission for most home solar electricity systems, as long as they're below a certain size - but you should check with your local planning officer, especially if your home is a listed building, or is in a conservation area or World Heritage Site.
Solar panels are not light and the roof must be strong enough to take their weight, especially if the panel is placed on top of existing tiles. If in doubt, our expert installers can check for you.
This is dependent on the different variables. A typical domestic system can cost between £7000 - £15000, 1Kw to 4kw respectively.
This is dependent on 3 main factors.
- Size of system
- Which direction the system is facing and geographical location
- How much of the generated electricity you use
So this has a wide range from £400 upto £1800 per year.
A typical 2.6kw system in London of which 50% of the electricity is used. This will earn/save you around £1113.
UseSolar will give you a good estimate of how much money you will earn/save.
You can also use the cash back calculator on the energy saving website:
Please contact us by phone or email and we'll be happy to go through your specific figures.