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08 Jun 2010 03:06:05

10 tips for choosing a solar PV installer

About the author: Cathy Debenham, founder of http://www.yougen.co.uk/

Choosing an installer is always a tricky business, so YouGen asked Stuart Houghton, of Abacus Renewable Energy, who installed our photovoltaic solar panels, what his top tips are. Watch the video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdOyXDOWXuk), or read on, to find out:

Find out how long they've been in the business.

2. Ask if they will subcontract any of the work out, and if so, to who.

3. Are they qualified electricians?

4. Ask for recommendations from previous installations - either find them on YouGen, or ask for names and contact numbers of previous customers and follow them up.

5. Make sure the quotation is comprehensive - it should itemise all the equipment.

6. Get companies to give an estimate of how much the system will generate (so far Stuart's predictions for our system have been spot on).

7. Ask for advice on the size of the system, don't be sold on a system on a standard size kit.

8. Ask what the benefits of the different modules is.

9. Get a really good feel for what the person's like. Talk to them and make sure you feel they really understand what they are talking about, and are an engineer, not just a salesman.

10. Make sure they look at the fuse box and look at the structure of the roof.

And one addition from me: if you want to benefit from the feed-in tariff, then make sure you use an MCS accredited installer and product.

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Duncan wrote:

16 Jul 2010

The Solar Energy Centre (www.solarenergycentre.com) has been awarded the MCS certification for their panels. (They are based by Heathrow and advertise on this site)
Chris Cook is looking to work with installers, and actually has panels available now ! Which makes a change from most Pannel suppliers.

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