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Solar Panels for Flat Roofs

Having solar PV brings in a host of benefits both to you and the environment. Producing your own supply of renewable energy saves your money on your utility bill and also opens up the opportunity to sell electricity back to the grid. Using spare flat roof space to accommodate a solar PV system is a perfect investment for both homes and businesses.

To get the best performance and to prevent water damage, solar panels should be installed at a 20-50° angle. Pitched roofs conveniently provide a gradient that’s perfect for solar panels. For a flat roof, the solar panels will need a mounting system to support them at the best angle to get the most sunlight coverage. At Dynamic Solar, we provide the full installation service for flat roofs, including mounting on a standing framing system. Our end-to-end service includes a survey at your property where we can assess your roof and ensure it can support the weight of a solar panel system.

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  • Utilise spare roof space

  • Minimal disruption

  • Low maintenance

  • Self generate electricity for heating & hot water

  • Competitive pricing

  • End to end service

Why have solar PV panels on a flat roof?

  • Carbon-free living

    Solar power has zero carbon output, using solar energy to generate electricity. Solar PV is an environmentally friendly, renewable option for powering your home.

  • Make every kilowatt count

    Electricity that you don’t use can be sold back to your energy supplier, making back money based on their Solar Export Tariff.

  • Store what you don’t use

    Using solar batteries, energy that isn’t consumed during the day can be stored for use overnight, reducing the need for using back-up generators or using the national power supply.

  • Save your money

    Self-sufficient living means reduced utility bill costs. Solar PV can provide your electricity, heating, and hot water.

  • Smart use of unused space

    The only thing your flat roof might be gathering is moss. With Solar PV panels, you’ll be fully utilising otherwise abandoned space. We’ll ensure every spare foot of space is accounted for when setting up your solar panels.

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Is a flat roof or pitched roof better for solar panels?

Fitting solar panels on a pitched roof is a lot more convenient as the panels can be mounted and fitted to the roof directly. However, not every pitched roof is ideal for solar panels. There might not be enough sunlight or enough space to accommodate enough panels. A flat roof may end up being the best choice for your solar panels, especially if you have an external garage or extension with roof space free.

What is the best angle for solar panels on a flat roof?

An angle of 20-50° is best for a solar panel. It gives enough of a gradient for surface water to run off the panels. It also raises the panel enough to get more sunlight coverage.

Can I have solar panels fitted flat?

While there isn’t anything stopping you from having your solar panels installed flat, we strongly recommend against it. Rain water will collect on the panels, leading to water damage that could lead to costly repair work down the line.

Can I fit solar panels myself?

No. Only a qualified solar panel installer can complete the job to a high standard while complying with the necessary safety standards. Installing solar panels also requires wiring them to the property’s main’s supply, a job that should only be done by a qualified and experienced electrician.

How much does it cost to have solar panels fitted?

On average, installations can cost between £6,000 - £13,000 depending on the size of the system. This would include all supply, installation and access equipment (scaffolding). However, every job is different which is why we arrange for free surveys so we can provide you a bespoke quote free of charge.

Is it worth getting solar panels?

With electric prices only rising, more and more households are making the move to supply their own source of free electricity for security down the line. The initial investment will only pay off in the future, saving thousands of pounds that would have been spent on utility bills and making back money through the SEG (Smart Export Guarantee).

We strongly recommend that if you wish to fit solar panels, you also consider having battery storage installed so you use stored electricity during the night and during hours where the weather is overcast. Wall-mounted batteries can come as hybrid converters, an essential for your solar power system, saving on space in your home.

Do I need planning permission for solar panels?

While installing solar panels is considered as ‘permitted development’ by most local authorities, there are some conditions that may mean you need to contact the council for confirmation.

You can find out more about the conditions here.

When we carry out a survey of your property and provide a quote, we will advise if you need planning permission as we are familiar with the local requirements.

Does the Feed-in scheme still exist for solar power?

The Small Exports Guarantee (SEG) scheme has replaced the Feed-in scheme, which the UK Government closed in 2018. The SEG allows households to gain a licence that gives them the freedom to export renewable energy back to the national grid, receiving payment from their choice of electric supplier. Each energy supplier offers a tariff rate for exported solar energy and we recommend that you shop around to see which tariff is best for your circumstances as your existing supplier may have a low tariff.

We can help point you in the right direction towards a supplier that will provide the most lucrative options if selling power back to the grid is an opportunity you will make the most out of.

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