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DIY solar panel kits.
DIY solar installation kits are popular nowadays with Part P accreditated tradespeople. However, PV must be legally signed off by accredited installers.
PV solar panel kits.
Electricians can install PV solar panels but must be legally commissioned by MCS-accredited installers.
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Evacuated solar tube kits.
Plumbers can easily install evacuated tubes. These heat hot water tanks and pools. Solar tubes can be installed by qualified plumbers.Learn more
Solar heating panel kits.
Flat-plate panels are 'grandfather' solar technology. Solar heating can be installed by qualified plumbers or is ideal for self-installing.Learn more
"When working with heights, electrics, and plumbing, always use the correct safety equipment or work alongside an accredited professional."
Health and safety always.
When working with heights, electrics, or plumbing, you should always adhere to safety regulations. Advisedly, use professional MCS installers if you're not sure.
Part P certification is essential when working with solar panels.
A safe working scaffolding platform or scaffolding tower to gutter height is vital. Uses a local roofing company to handle the roofing work if unsure.
How are the solar panels secured to the roof?
Both solar heating and PV solar panel installations are secured to the roof batons using non-degradable brackets. No degradable sealing silicone should ever be used when weatherproofing pipes or wires.
What's the best way to get the panels to the roof?
Get a scaffolding platform up to the guttering height of the property. A winch and pulley system is available for professional installers. These can be hired by most good tool hire companies.
What's the best way to connect pipes?
Heating technology pressurised to a three-bar flow. Because of this, professional installers always recommend compression joints for peace of mind.
Solar heating technologies become pressurised to a three-bar flow. Because of this, compression joints are vital.
A well-insulated pipe run to and from the solar panel will ensure reduced heat loss and best performance once operational. A three-yearly inspection, checking the PH level of the antifreeze and seals, and joints will provide a long life expectancy.
A sizing guide for solar heating panels.
For every 100-150 Litres cylinder size, you'll need one flat panel or two square metres of evacuated tubes.
A sizing guide for PV solar panels.
System size depends on the availability of your roof space and the configuration of the collector panels. The number of collectors will dictate the size of the inverter.
You can measure the roof space from within the loft space.
Are all roofs suitable?
Yes, except for Thatched roofing. If the roof space is Southerly, SW, SE direction then that's perfect. If you don't have a suitable roof space.
Wall-mount or ground-mounted A-frame installations are possible too.
Do you need planning permission?
No, except for listed buildings or situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Which type is best for DIY?
PV solar panels are unsuitable for DIY self-installing.
Solar heating systems can be installed with good plumbing knowledge. These DIY solar panels kits supply you with MCS-approved and BRE accredited technologies.
What accreditations do I need for solar heating?
Plumbers and self-installers have the necessary 'Part P' qualifications to install a solar heating panel system.
Additionally, many plumbers have teamed up with local roofing companies to complete the job together. Flat-plate or evacuated tube collectors installers must observe the usual professional safety procedures.
What accreditations are required to install PV?
Apart from a good head of heights, the installation requires Part P qualifications for basic setup and MCS accreditation to commission the completed system.
Which is system easier to install, PV or heating?
Generally speaking, they both have advantages and disadvantages.
You'll require MCS accreditation if you are planning on selling surplus electricity to the National Grid though.
Will I need a new hot water cylinder?
If the heating tank in question doesn't have a twin-coil system, then yes! Look for two unused ports at the bottom of the tank to check. The secondary coil is used to transfer the solar-heated glycol fluid from the heating panels to the hot water tank.
DIY solar heating kits come supplied with or without 150, 180, 200, 250, and 300 Litres cylinders, vented or unvented.
Do you supply fitting instructions with your kits?
Yes, step-by-step instructions can be found with our Install guide.
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