How Are Solar Panels Installed?

Lisa Foran | June 7 | News

Solar panels have been some of the most popular forms of renewable energy in the world with over 1.28 million homes in the UK having a solar panel arrangement connected to their homes.

If you are looking to get a solar panel arrangement for your home, you may be wondering how exactly these systems are installed and how they are integrated into your home.

Throughout this blog post, we will discuss our step-by-step guide for solar panel installations, the considerations that must be taken into account and the time frame that can be expected from such processes.


Our Step By Step Guide

The installation process is straightforward for a team of professionals like ours at ESOLAR. Our team works incredibly efficiently together and has expertise in the subject.

If you are looking for a team of solar panel professionals to install a system to your home, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us and we will be happy to help! Here’s what to expect from the process of installing solar panels:


Check For Planning Permission

First, check if your house requires planning permission before installing solar panels. Most homes in the UK don’t need planning permission for this, but it’s important to confirm if your house is an exception.

Typically, planning permission is required for flats, listed buildings, and houses in conservation areas. You should always verify whether you need planning permission or ensure you have the necessary approvals before starting the installation.

This part of the process can take several weeks up to a few months, so you may need to be patient if you have found that you need planning permission for your property.


Assessment of Your Property

When you choose ESOLAR, we will carry out a site survey to assess your property for suitability checks. We believe that site assessments are incredibly important to the process as they allow us to fully understand your property.

We will be able to identify any safety issues and will make the installation go smoothly. Site surveys are also recommended by the MCS showing how valuable they truly can be.

These assessments should take no longer than a single day and can be significantly shorter.


Designing Your System

Once the site survey has been completed, the team will then be able to design a suitable solar panel system that can be installed for your home. This will include the total number of panels you need, the angle they will be at, the location on your roof etc.

All of this will be done while keeping you updated with the progress of your project so that you are fully aware of all of our workings – we want to make sure that you feel as involved in our process as possible.

While the entire design process can take up to a whole year, including building the panels themselves, this much smaller aspect of design can be done in just a few days to just over a week.


Property Modifications

For most installations, our team will need to make some minor changes to your property such as installing a battery or inverter in your garage or somewhere else that is convenient to be reached for your solar panel while not getting in your way.

Where they decide to place these extras will entirely depend on the layout of your home and where they plan to place your solar panels. Using your loft is a very common solution to this as it is directly connected to your roof. This will be done over the course of a few days depending on schedules.


Equipment Delivery

When all of the previous steps have been completed, you will be ready to receive the equipment needed for the installation. Most solar installers will make sure that the equipment is delivered around the week before the installation is due to take place.

All you will need to do from here is point them in the right direction when they arrive and the installation team will handle the rest.


Putting Up Scaffolding

On the first day of your installation, the team will need to install scaffolding on the outside of your house to make sure that we are safe and have easy access to your roof at all times.

When the installation is complete, the scaffolding will be removed soon after however this can take up to five days depending on the installers you choose. While this can be a slight downside for some people, this is an essential part of the process as it means that everything is being done properly with minimal risk of injury for you, your family and the installation team.


Final Installation

With scaffolding set up, there is nothing left to do apart from completing the installation of your solar panels. This process can take several days but is never much longer than a week no matter what installer you choose. At ESOLAR, we provide a guarantee that we will have your solar panel arrangement installed within 1-2 days of beginning.

The installation process entails several steps in itself as this can be a somewhat complex process if you do not have experience with these technologies. Installers will attach mounting brackets to your roof which the panels will easily attach to.

They will also need to lift some of your roof tiles to make sure that the solar panels are securely attached in place, these tiles will then be carefully placed back where they were. Finally, if you have opted for any bird proofing, this is the step where this will be installed.


Setting Up Solar Panels With ESOLAR

As we have mentioned throughout this blog post, ESOLAR are expert in the world of solar panels and has many years of experience in the installation of such systems. If you are looking for a team to help you with the transition into solar power, look no further than ESOLAR!

Our team has many years of expertise that we use to provide the best solar installations for clients all over the UK. When you choose us, you can be assured that the installation will be of great quality.

Alongside our guarantee of 1-2 days installation times, we also ensure that your entire system is up and running within 14 days after your initial survey with us. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you wish to discuss our services further!