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Renewable energy for existing homes

With over 10,000 residential installations and counting, Solarsense offer unparalleled experience within the industry.

Solarsense have been designing, installing and maintaining award winning sustainable solutions for homeowners since 1995.

Whether you're looking to install a solar PV, heat pump, electric vehicle (EV) charge-point, solar thermal (hot water) or a battery storage system – Solarsense have the technical expertise to design a bespoke solution capable of reducing your carbon footprint and increasing your bank balance. 

 

Our approach

We do not hard sell. We offer industry leading advice and help our customers to decide on the best suited technologies for their needs. Whether your motivation is financial, environmental or both we can design a bespoke system that delivers results.

We will guide you through the installation process and offer help in regard to applications, commissioning your energy performance certificate (EPC) and even assist with planning applications (if needed).

 

Our reputation

We pride ourselves on building strong relationships and are happy to go the extra mile. Many of our previous customers are even happy to speak with those considering switching to renewables.

To see what others have said about us and our work, click here to visit our testimonial page.

 

Our technologies

You can read a brief outline on each of the technologies we install below. For a more comprehensive overview please visit our technologies.

 

Free, no obligation quote

If you are interested in solar PV or any of our other technologies for your home and the benefits it could provide you, simply call 01275 461 800 or fill out the form on our contact us page. 

 

Generate free, green electricity from the sun.

If you invest in a solar PV system for your home, you can not only generate free electricity but be paid for doing so. Any surplus electricity can also be sold back to the National Grid creating a third financial benefit.

Combine these three financial benefits and the typical rate of return on your investment is 8%-11% tax free, index linked and guaranteed for 20 years.

The cost of installing solar panels has fallen rapidly in recent years and more and more homeowners are discovering its financial benefits.

The savings you generate can be increased by pairing your solar PV system with a battery storage system. This will store the electricity you generate but don't use, so that you can use it later instead of buying energy from the grid.

 

Benefits at a glance:

  • Generate free, clean electricity. 
  • Protect yourself against rising energy prices.
  • Earn a tax-free index linked income for 20 years via the FIT.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Reduce your reliance on the National Grid.
  • Add value and make your property more attractive to potential buyers.
  • Minimal maintenance required.

 

For more information on solar PV please click here.

Maximise your self-consumption and increase your return on investment by storing the excess energy your solar PV system produces.

An energy storage system or battery storage solution such as the Tesla Powerwall, LG Chem or Sonnenbatterie integrates with your solar PV system to store excess energy generated during the day and makes it available when you need it.

A typical home owner can expect to be 85% self-sufficient with a 5kW battery and solar PV array.

 

Benefits at a glance:

  • Store and use your free solar electricity to use in the evenings and times of high demand.
  • Offset the amount of electricity bought from electricity companies.
  • Maximise self-consumption and reduce your reliance on the national grid.
  • Protect yourself from future energy price hikes.
  • Further reduce your carbon footprint.

 

For more information on our energy storage solutions and solar battery systems please click here.

Generate cheap, green heat from the ground or air

Air source and ground source heat pumps can be used as an efficient means to heat your water, radiators, underfloor or warm air heating systems in your home.

By switching away from dirty and expensive fossil fuels such as electricity or gas, homeowners are able to generate savings of up to 30% on their energy bills. 

In addition, under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) the Government will pay you for seven years just for installing the technology in your home.

* The domestic RHI was increased in September 2017 from 7.63p/kWh to 10.18/kWh, returning 33% more on tariff payments. For more information on the RHI click here.

 

Benefits at a glance:

  • Lower fuel bills, especially if you are replacing conventional electric heating.
  • Lower carbon emissions.
  • Earn a tax-free index linked income for 7 years via the RHI.
  • Efficient water and space heating.
  • Minimal maintenance required.
  • No fuel deliveries needed.

 

For more information on heat pumps please click here.

Charge your electric vehicle safer and faster

Unlike a conventional plug socket, an electric vehicle (EV) charge point communicates directly with your vehicle, making charging at home much safer, faster and more convenient. No more extension leads, worrying about plug connections or wondering whether you are overloading your homes electrical supply.

Solarsense can advise you on the type and positioning of your charge point, install a dedicated electrical circuit and discuss any additional sockets you may want to install. We also install domestic solar car ports to fuel your vehicle with free, green electricity from the sun – eliminating fuel costs altogether.

 

Government grant worth up to 75% of the installation cost

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) will contribute up to 75% of the purchase and install cost as part of the Electric Vehicle Home-charge Scheme (EVHS).

* Capped at a maximum of £500 (incl. VAT).

** Must be installed by an OLEV registered installer.

 

Benefits at a glance:

  • Much safer vehicle charging
  • Reduce charging time by up to 60%
  • No need for long and messy extension cables
  • Government grant available for up to 75% of the install cost
  • Integrate with solar PV or solar carport to run your electric vehicle for free.

 

For more information on electric vehicle charging please click here.

Alternatively to check your eligibility for a grant or speak to an expert call us on 01275 461 800 or fill out the form on our contact us page and we will be in touch.

Generate free, clean hot water from the sun.

Why use expensive oil or gas to heat your water when you can heat it for free using the sun’s energy?

A typical (correctly sized) residential solar thermal system will provide up to 70% of your annual domestic hot water demand, reducing your energy bills significantly.

In addition, under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) the Government will pay you for seven years just for installing the technology in your home.

* The domestic RHI was increased in September 2017 from 7.63p/kWh to 10.18/kWh, returning 33% more on tariff payments. For more information on the RHI click here.

 

Installation cost and payback

The installation cost for a typical domestic solar thermal system is approximately £4500. Exact prices will be site-specific and dependent on a (free) site survey. 

The greatest savings are realised for larger homes and those with oil fuelled heating. Solar thermal systems also offer a highly efficient solution for heating swimming pools.

A solar thermal system is capable of generating total savings in excess of £300 per year and over the course of its 20+ year life will pay for itself. 

 

Benefits at a glance:

  • Generate free, clean hot water throughout the year.
  • Reduce your dependency on oil or gas.
    • Can be combined with heat pump for added benefits.
  • Reduce your energy bills.
  • Earn a tax-free index linked income for 7 years.
  • Lower your carbon footprint.

 

For more information on solar thermal please click here.  

Upgrade your current solar PV inverter to SolarEdge

Traditional string inverters have a number of drawbacks. SolarEdge optimised inverters overcome these traditional concerns to offer more energy, better maintenance and enhanced safety.

Solaredge systems can be both retrofitted to existing solar PV systems and incorporated into a new system design.

 

Increase system output and maximise returns

SolarEdge inverters deliver up to 25% more energy from your solar PV array. SolarEdge inverters allow your solar PV panels to operate independently rather than conventional string inverters which work in series, resulting in the overall system working as efficiently as the least efficient panel in the string.

 

Improve monitoring & increase system efficiency

Upgrading to SolarEdge allows you to monitor your solar PV system via an online portal or application on your smart phone, anytime, anywhere (IOS/Android).

Comprehensive statistics, including individual panel performance allows you to analyse if your system is producing at its maximum potential. If a particular panel is underperforming it can be easily identified and fixed without a full system health check or detailed inspection, improving efficiency and increasing your return on investment.

 

Increased safety

Solar PV systems are generally safe and do not pose an inherent danger to people or property, however, with a traditional inverter, as long as the sun is shining, solar PV wires are energised with DC current.

In the case of system maintenance or an emergency such as fire, the SolarEdge system is designed to de-energise the DC voltage to protect panel cleaners, maintenance personnel and firefighters.

 

Battery ready

SolarEdge inverters are battery ready, meaning you can use with a Tesla or similar battery storage solution, allowing you to store and use more of the energy you use rather than export to the grid. Simply put the more energy you use, the higher the savings.

 

Warranty

SolarEdge inverters come with a standard 12-year warranty with the option to increase to 20 years. This is opposed to the 5-10-year industry standard.

Heat your water using excess energy from your PV system and significantly increase your ROI

Around half of the energy generated by solar PV systems is exported to the grid; this is energy which could be worth £225 per year at today's prices. With lower feed-in tariffs now on offer, the additional energy and cost savings obtained from installing a micro-generation energy management system are significant and could boost the overall return from a 4KW PV system by over 50%.

Solarsense recommend and install the Apollo GEM, an innovative solar energy management product that will use all the surplus power generated by your PV system to produce hot water. Every unit of power used to heat water in this way reduces imported energy by the same amount resulting in a significant saving in imported energy costs.

This hot water can be stored for later use, used to heat radiators & underfloor heating or even dumped into a swimming pool. The Apollo Gem can also power any other household appliance using the GEM export threshold control mode.

An Apollo Gem can be retrofitted to an existing solar PV installation or included in a new solar PV design.

 

Benefits at a glance:

  • Heat your water for free
  • Power household appliances
  • Increase self consumption
  • Significantly increase your savings and return on investment
  • Cost effective solution in comparison to battery storage

 

To view the Apollo Gem brochure and datasheet, click here.

Alternatively, if you would like to speak with an expert to explore ways of optimising your system call us on 01275 461 800 or fill out the form on our contact us page.