I've wanted to install a Solar PV (photovoltaic) system for a while and I mean years.
Things that have held me back include: husband's reluctance, not knowing which company would be a good company, not understanding how it all works and generally being busy and not having time to find out more.
The thing that changed all of this was a conversation with a friend and the discovery that her husband and son are in the Solar PV business. I've known this friend for a long time and, whilst she's as mad as a badger, she's also someone I admire immensely. She has endless energy and the biggest heart which feeds her generous spirit. Any husband and son of hers would be excellent people to do business with. They would be trustworthy, reliable and do a good quality job. They wouldn't be able to help themselves; it would be genetic.
Sindy's son Seb came round one day to explain the systems to us. He was knowledgable, affable and patient. He sat with a foot in plaster talking to me while I was wearing a Santa hat and he didn't bat an eyelid. He went away with the task of preparing a quote and we stayed at home convinced it made sense.
I could try and explain the feed-in-tariff, the energy bill savings and the export tariff to you but you should really talk to Seb. I will tell you that in April the feed-in-tariff is likely to reduce and acting sooner rather than later is a good idea. There will be a decision this Friday that could restore feed-in-tariffs back to their pre-December values for the short period between now and December so if you are interested you should move now.
My lethargy seems to have paid off. Solar PV is much cheaper to install now than it was a few years ago and if we're lucky we'll get the high feed in tariff too.
Seb came back today with a quote and a pen and I signed on the dotted line. We're getting 10 x 327W Sunpower PV solar panels fitted to our garage roof. Apparently these have an estimated peak rating of 3.27kwh/peak.
I actually quite excited. I'll let you know how it goes.
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