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Solar PV Site Surveys, Feasibility Studies & Site Selection Reports

We have taken many solar PV and renewable energy installation projects from conception through to completion. In this time we have encountered many types of installation all with their own unique challenges and solutions; we have learnt that to deliver quality, well matched and on budget installations of any size, you need to plan effectively; this starts with reliable, accurate and clearly presented figures, location information and measurements.

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If you are at the start of a solar PV, electrical or renewable energy project and need the following information prepared before creating tender documents, requesting quotations or before making the decision to proceed, then we invite you to contact us and commission a professional feasibility study, site survey & site selection report:

Solar PV Site Survey

Solar PV Feasibility

Solar PV Feasibility Study

  • The optimum location of a PV array in relation to system performance (yields) Vs location constraints; special surveys for open terrain, roof based and building/roof integrated systems;

  • Solar panel mounting options, inc advice on any structural requirements in relation to the additional loads imposed on roofs and buildings by solar PV panel arrays;

  • Accurate roof measurements and roof condition assesments, power cable distances, advice on the integration of a new solar PV system with the existing electrical system;

  • Capacity and condition of existing power supply cables, electrical compatibility checks;

  • Local shading considerations in relation to chimneys, dormer windows, trees and other buildings which might affect the performance of a solar PV installation;

  • Identify any electrical, roof, ground or other works that will be required at the installation site before a PV system can be commissioned;

  • Identify any potential on-site hazards and risks related to a PV system and it's installation; identify any site access restrictions;

  • Identify the DNO and any possible grid connection restrictions, identify the acceptance process and identify any electrical works required before grid connection;

  • Identify any planning permission considerations and identify the details of any applicable building regulations and the authority responsible;

  • Identify available grants, feed in tariffs and any other financial incentives that may be available for a new PV installation;

  • An independent performance appraisal of the installation site to get an accurate forecast of a systems electricity production capacity;

Surveys and survey reports are customised to suit each client and project and can be cost effectively carried out for projects of any size, reports take from between 1-5 days to prepare depending on the size and and complexity of the project. We take care to ensure that results are usable by first timers as well as professionals and are provided in an accessable format using plain language, reports can be used in any number of ways:

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  • by local authorities, schools, charities and community groups to help with the preparation of RFQs and other technical tender documents;
  • to assist land owners, developers and farmers in preparing planning documents;
  • by architects, new home and self builders at the design stages of a build incorporating solar photovoltaics;
  • by solar PV system designers and installers looking for accurate technical and location information;
  • by residential and commercial clients looking for impartial technical information, exploring the suitability and possibilities of a solar PV system before requesting system designs and quotations from installers;

Other services which can be included alongside a solar PV and site selection survey include:

Residential and Commercial EPCs
  • Energy Performance Certificates (EPCS);
  • Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICRs), previously called Periodic Inspection Reports (PIRs);
  • Solar PV & AC/DC Electrical Drawings
  • Structural Engineering Reports;
  • Detailed Shade Analysis Reports;
  • Pre-Digging Surveys & Testing;
  • Soil Testing Surveys;
  • Risk Assesments;
  • 3D Solar Models in Google Sketchup;
  • Solar PV System Design & Planning
  • Solar PV Installation, Project Management & Commissioning;

We are based in Swindon, Wiltshire. From here we provide solar surveys, feasibility studies and site selection services for systems owners and developers for solar PV projects of all sizes across Southern England, with specialist experience working with farms, land owners and industrial buildings.

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