Finding the best solar panel deals in Glasgow, Scotland

by Solar Selections on December 11, 2012

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Glasgow, Scotland is not known for its sunny weather, but it is nevertheless a good place to install a solar panel system. Let Solar Selections help you find an installer and set you up with the best deal on solar panels in Glasgow.

Yes, solar panels do work in Glasgow!

Get a good deal on solar power in Glasgow and reap the benefits

The number of solar panel installations in the UK has grown astronomically in the last few years, thanks mainly to the UK’s feed-in tariff for renewable energy, the falling cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, and the rising price of electricity. Solar Selections has cross-checked data from installers in our network, the Met office, and the University of Sheffield, determining that many parts of Scotland–including Glasgow–are good places to install solar PV, thanks in part to the fact that solar panels do work in cloudy weather.

Met office data: UK sunshine data for March 2012

Met office data: UK sunshine data for March 2012. (Image from the Met office, UK.)

Households and businesses all over the UK are investing in solar panels to save or make money. Thanks to the factors mentioned above, solar panels offer a very attractive return on investment in Glasgow–with returns on investment (ROI) of 10%+ and payback periods of under 8 years. Actual figures will vary depending on a number of factors, but a typical 4 kilowatt-peak (kWp) solar system in Glasgow can potentially save a household over £600 per year on power bills.

(For more a more detailed explanation, please read: Payback periods and return on investment for solar systems in the UK.)

Let Solar Selections help you find the best deal on solar power in Glasgow

The payback period on whatever system you buy will depend mainly on 2 things: The initial cost of the system and the quality of the components used (and how frequently they have to–or don’t have to–be replaced). Solar Selections is ideally positioned to help you with both of these, with free advice and Solar Quote Comparisons. We work with over 50 installers across the UK–including Scotland–to give our customers a bird’s eye view of the solar panel market in their area and leave them better informed to make a decision.

How much does a solar system cost in Glasgow?

The cost of installing a solar system has come down significantly in the past 4 years, making the technology affordable for even middle-income homes. At the time of writing, a typical system costs about £1.40 per watt (W). Systems are rated in kilowatts-peak (kWp, where ‘peak’ means ‘maximum’). 1 kilowatt is equal to 1000 watts, meaning that a 2kWp system can be found for around £4,800 and a 4kWp system for £5,200.

To see some of the solar system prices and products on offer from installers in Glasgow, fill out the Solar Quote Comparison form to the right of this page. Keep in mind that our services are 100% free to our customers!

Choosing solar panels and inverter for your system

A solar PV system is comprised of essentially to components: Solar panels and an inverter, which transform the DC power produced by the panels into appliance-compatible AC power. There are many different products available on the market in the UK, and it may be difficult at first to distinguish between any of them, or know what to look for in a system. The quality of components and the serviceability of the warranties that they come with could potentially have a major impact on the payback periods and ROI for a system. If an inverter continues working well beyond the term of its working warranty, for example, this is a clear bonus to the system’s owner. Conversely, if an inverter fails before its time, this can cost the owner money not only in terms of replacing the inverter, but also in terms of savings lost while the system is out of commission and being repaired.

Whether you’re a complete solar PV novice, or you’ve been looking around for a while and you’re just trying to narrow down your options, feel free to contact Solar Selections for free and impartial advice.

Phone: 020 7205 2267

© 2012 Solar Selections

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