Solar Panel Installation - The Process
February 12, 2021
Once you have made the decision to explore the options for generating your own clean power, where do you start and what is the process?
Step 1 – Data
The first step of any journey is often the most important and the development of a solar PV array is no different.
With 12 months half-hourly demand data, a copy of your most recent electricity bill, and confirmation of the building(s)/land in mind, we will analyse your information to determine the optimum size of system based on your motivation for “going green”.
Step 2 – Preliminary Proposal
- Size and approximate layout of the system
- Utilisation of the solar power
- Capital Cost and funding options
- Operational costs
- Payback/Return on investment
- Carbon reduction figures
Step 3 – Full Technical Survey
- G99 application
- Independent structural assessment
- Roof condition survey
- Scaffold and access assessment
- Electrical integration assessment
- Health and safety appraisal
It is our hope that we gather all of the information we require during this visit but it may require additional visits – usually from a single member of our team – if the project is particularly complex or the scope alters as a result of what we discover.
Step 4 – Formal Proposal
Step 5 – Planning Permission/Permitted Development
- The total installed capacity is under 1MW
- The panels sit now more than 200mm from the plane of the roof
- There is a 1m border between the outer panels and the roof
- If ground mounted the footprint of the array is less than 9m2
If your solar arrays does not satisfy all of these criteria then a full planning application will be required.
Step 6 – Project Delivery
Step 7 – Handover
Once the system has been successfully delivered and has been operational for several weeks, we will arrange a detailed handover with you to once again take you through the various procedures you might need to be aware of.
This will include shutting down the system in an emergency, as well as starting the system back up in the event that it should shut down.
We will also run you through your online monitoring portal so that you can check the realtime performance of the array – although most clients prefer to set automated reports that are sent to their inbox once a month; these are almost infinitely customisable and can contain detail such as –
- Output of system
- Consumption of solar power
- Level of export to grid
Step 8 – Asset Management
Most clients prefer their solar installations to integrate seamlessly into their operations without the need for additional management.
With this in mind, our tailored operations and maintenance packages allow BeBa to worry about the performance of your system while you focus on your core activities.
Our packages range from a simple ‘MOT’ once a year, all the way up to full monitoring on your behalf with swift-action if the system appears to be under-performing. Moreover, because we have installed over 500 systems across the country, we can bench the performance of your array against systems in your area – not just against the projections in our algorithm.
Step 9 – Annual Reviews
We like to work with our partners for the long term – not just to ensure we get the most from your asset – but to ensure that we regularly review where we are against where we said we would be.
Accordingly, we will plan an annual review – broad or detailed to suit your diary – so that you can see how your investment is performing, as well as to suggest other opportunities that might support your financial and green ambitions.
Last year our annual review with Hildon Water showed their system overperformed by 4%.