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    Hi All,

    Has anyone had solar panels mounted to their roof?

    Was it a DIY install or profesional?

    If it was professional, who did you use?

    Any recommendations of companies to use / avoid?

    Our house has a completely south facing roof and is quite large. I’d like to have solar fitted when we move over permanently in about 1,5 years. I’m not overly interested in selling electric back to the grid, more for having the solar provide power to heat the water (in the “balloon”), maybe general heating (although we have a boiler and radiators) and have a battery storage system that can run other items in the house and charge an electric vehicle.

    It’s also my intention to have a small wind turbine at some point for those days when it’s just really windy.

    MBG

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    We thought of doing that years ago but so expensive and with us being in our 60s at that time we reckoned we wouldn’t get our money back on it. Only the two of us and not using so much leci that it was going to pay us to put on the panels. However, since then we have discovered ‘Plug in Solar‘ and we have been in touch with …..

    Mark Chewter
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    289 London Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 9QU
    http://www.pluginsolar.co.uk 
     | info@pluginsolar.co.uk | 01444 672005

    This might be of interest to you – you can buy what you require to cover your needs and plug it straight into your house – a lot less expensive than putting them on the roof or elsewhere.

     

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    Just found this for you Martin.

    https://particuliers.engie.fr/en.html

     

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    Thanks both.

    Plug in solar website looks to offer self install stuff. Roof or floor mounted

    I’ll have a good look thanks Cheeki.

     

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    A company that I’ve bought stuff from a few times for one project or another is Bimble Solar near Brighton. They’re offer all sorts for Solar installations and often have 2nd hand panels available, even if you don’t buy anything their website has loads of useful info

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    This might be of interest to you – you can buy what you require to cover your needs and plug it straight into your house – a lot less expensive than putting them on the roof or elsewhere.

    This is interesting for us too cheekiweeki , have you ordered ,installed and are using this type of panel?

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    Thanks BartyB

    The 4Kw wind turbine for less than £1500 seems really great value for money.

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    Cheekiweeki wrote: This might be of interest to you – you can buy what you require to cover your needs and plug it straight into your house – a lot less expensive than putting them on the roof or elsewhere. This is interesting for us too cheekiweeki , have you ordered ,installed and are using this type of panel?

    Still interested if this a viable option cheeki?

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    Think you need to do your research, the plug in route doesn’t seem as straightforward as it sounds.

    Found these two forums discussing it,

    https://www.electriciansforums.co.uk/threads/plug-in-solar.136471/

    http://www.greenbuildingforum.co.uk/newforum/comments.php?DiscussionID=14180

     

    Good luck !

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    #478148

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    That is why I had asked cheeki about the plug in stuff , as he/she seemed to have more information about it and I don’t trust what I read in adverts. Thanks for the links . :-)

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    Still no answer , is everything ok with Cheeki ?

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    Just found this for you Martin. https://particuliers.engie.fr/en.html

    Had a look at the pages last night to see what their costs would be.

    Like a lot of the UK, our area isn’t covered, so I’ll have to do it ourselves. At the moment I’m thinking a 4kW solar array and a 4kW wind power (anything over 3kW in france has to be declared on your income tax form if you feed back to the grid, which I don’t intend to do) but I’ve yet to find figures on how much energy we use currently (in the UK) but I’m on the search today.

     

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    A mate of mine who installs off grid solar systems and has a mobile solar generator for music festivals is shifting his allegiances for charge controllers and associated electronics from Outback to https://voltaconsolar.com/off-grid-kits.html…….. It’s high end kit so not cheap but he recons it’s good and the company offers useful customer services

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    This is fantastic information, we are replacing our entire roof during the next couple of years, so will be taking the opportunity  during the job to implement some solar powered systems. The ultimate intention is to come off-grid as much as possible in terms of being self sufficient with electricity, water, and heating/cooking (using wood).

     

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