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Solar PV System Design & Planning

We prepare comprehensive design and planning documents for all types and size of project; including line diagrams, schematics, bill of materials/components lists and detailed custom installation manuals. If you need any of the following technical information prepared then please contact us and let us know what you need.

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Example Solar PV Roof Layout

Solar PV Array Roof & Ground Mounting Design

We work with installers, builders, roofers, architects, developers and private clients in preparing bespoke solar PV roof and ground mounted solar PV array designs.

All designs are technically and structurally validated and are provided with detailed weight, wind load and snow load information, dimensions, complete bills of materials and comprehensive instruction manuals for use on site.

Planning Permission

Planning Permission Documents

  • Pre-planning statements
  • Design and Access statements
  • Building plans
  • Photo montages
  • Visual impact maps & plans
  • Environmental statements
  • Identification of special land use such as nature reserves, AONB and conservation areas.
G.83 /; G.59 Grid Connection Documents

Grid Connection Documents

Use us to prepare documents that communicate technical system information to Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) when connecting Small Scale Embedded Generators such as Solar PV systems and Wind turbines to the national grid.

Solar PV System Power Output Estimates

Power Estimates & System Performance Statements

Taking the physical and electrical characteristics of the system, we cross reference against the characteristics of the property and it's location. This allows us to provide accurate output/yield projection figures in kWhrs. Taking into consideration:

  • The roof pitch (if applicable)
  • The azumith angle (which way the installation area faces i.e.N, S, E, W)
  • Location (In relation to the sun, height above sea level)
  • Shading limitations from nearby buildings, trees and local factors such as chimneys, aerials, flues and dormer windows.
  • Performance of the system, including the relationship between the panels, inverters cables and the existing electrical system.

We provide solar PV, electrical and renewable energy system design and planning services for systems owners and developers for projects of all types and size across Southern England. Experienced in working with listed, agricultural and industrial buildings and within conservation areas.

Articles

Further reading and calculators related to designing, planning and installing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

Solar PV System Components

Overview of the basic components needed to install a complete solar PV system. Introduction to solar PV panels. power inverters, AC & DC isolators and mounting systems.

Evaluating Solar PV Panels - Which panels to buy?

What to look for when evaluating and selecting solar PV panels for UK installations. Electrical characteristics of solar PV arrays and the safety factors used for selecting BoS equipment, also mounting options.

Free Solar PV Calculators

A list of free solar PV calculators, solar design tools and software, Use to calculate solar yields and the Return on Investment (ROI) for solar PV systems.

Types of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System

Introduction to the different types of Photovoltaic (PV) System available including Grid Tied, Off-Grid, Hybrid and Batteryless solar PV systems.

Solar PV, Safety & The Building Regulations

Residential PV systems notifiable under Part P. Special consideration needed for Part A. A combination of serious risks for solar PV installers.

Engineering Recommendation G98

Grid Connections for Micro-Generators including Solar PV Systems and Elecricity Storage Systems in the UK. Under 16Amps Per Phase, grid synchronised.

Solar PV: Smart Export Guarantee

Interesting times ... The Smart Export Guarantee came into affect in January 2020. The Smart Export Guarantee is an obligation set by the government for licensed electricity suppliers to offer a tariff and to pay small-scale low carbon Generators and Micro-generators for any electricity that they export to the National Grid.

Safely Retrofitting Solar PV Roof Mounts

The things to consider before installing a retrofited solar PV system on a roof and an introduction to the type of equipment used to secure an on-roof solar PV system.

Planning Permission for Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems

A solar PV installation can be classed as 'permitted development' subject to conditions and when not located within a conservation area, AONB or world heritage site.

Solar Panels - PV Array Calculator

Solar Panels: Solar PV System sizing and power yield calculator. Use to work out roof layouts, PV array sizes, No. of panels and power yields. Based on SAP 2009.

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Case Studies

We carry out Solar PV System installation work and a whole range of related support services including design, repair, testing and maintenance work on solar PV systems all across the UK. We work with Homeowners, Landlords, Councils, Large and Small Businesses, Farmers, Developers and Contractors.

Solar New Builds

New Build Housing Development

This new housing development in Lyneham, Wiltshire gave us the opportunity to install solar PV sytems on all of the houses. Their future owners will enjoy all of the environmental and financial benefits of being able to generate their own clean free electricity.

Solar Barn

Solar Barn, inc Planning and Power Supply

Low profile, all black solar PV panel system, installed with minimal visual impact on the landscape. 104 x monocrystalline solar panels, 2 x three Phase AC/DC power inverters supply power to a number of residential and agricultural buildings and farmhouses.

Commercial Solar PV System Installation on a London Care Home

Residential Care Home, inc New Roof

This Care Home is located on a busy road in West London. By removing roof tiles and replacing with frameless all black PV laminates, we maintained the original roofline and achieved a subtle integrated look for the roof.

In addition to the residents power requirements, the home operates it's own kitchens, laundries and lifts. Over the course of the year, the care home will be close to generating as much power from the roof as is used inside the building.

Commercial Solar PV Barn, Guildford, Surrey

Solar Barn, inc power supply

The Solar Barn in Guildford offered us the ideal combination of location and mounting structure to design and build a high performance PV system to cover the whole south facing side of the metal roof of an old tractor barn.

The 19.4kWp solar PV system satisfies approximately half of the farms annual electrical power requirement.

50kWp Solar PV Ground Mount, Reading

50kWp Ground Mount inc Groundworks

This 50kWp ground mounted solar PV system located just outside Reading, Berkshire supplies power to a working farm incorporating various industrial units, office units and polytunnels for soft fruit cultivation.

New Build Roof Integrated Solar PV System

Eco House, inc New Roof

A challenging new build project where the solar PV arrays were intergrated into the roofline. Objective was to maximise the output from the angular space with the 3 PV arrays (E, S, W facing) foming part of the roof.

Solar PV panels deliver the base power needed by 2 x air source heat pumps, a rainwater harvesting system and a heat recovery system.

Solar PV Panels on a stables

Slimline, All Black

We installed this slimline and high performance all black system on the South West facing roof of a stable block. Chosen based on good work we had previously carried out nearby, the specification was for another system that would integrate seemlessly into the landscape.

Unless you look closely or already knew it was there you would most likely walk straight past this one and not even notice the mini powerhouse sat up on the roof!

50kWp Solar PV Ground Mounting Frame

50kWp Ground Mount, inc Groundworks

We were responsible for the design, supply and installation of this bespoke 50kWp ground mounted solar PV system located in Pewsey, Wiltshire. The installation demanded careful planning and a high degree of accuracy to achieve the optimum output from the difficult installation area and limited available space.

4kWp Solar PV Ground Mount

Custom Ground Mount,

Hidden away in the countryside we installed this 16-panel all black solar PV system. The solar PV array was designed to follow the shape and contours of the land, blending the PV array unseen into the landscape with no compromise in performance.

Solar Barn

Solar Barn, Inc Barn Refurbishment, New Roof

Previously roofed and clad in asbestos, this barn refurbishment in Oxenwood, Wiltshire gave us the opportunity to design and install a completely bespoke solar PV and roofing system.

Inside we installed new electrical points, distribution boards and EV charging facilities.

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Swindon: Abingdon, Aldbourne, Andover, Banbury, Basingstoke, Bath, Berkshire, Bicester, Blunsdon, Box, Bracknell, Bradford on Avon, Bristol, Burford, Calne, Camberley, Carterton, Cheltenham, Chippenham, Chipping Norton, Chipping Sodbury, Cirencester, Corsham, Cricklade, Devizes, Didcot, Evesham, Faringdon, Fleet, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Henley-on-Thames, Highclere, Highworth, Hook, Hungerford, Keynsham, Kingsclere, Lambourn, Lechlade, Lyneham, Maidenhead, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Marshfield, Melksham, Minety, Newbury, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Pewsey, Purton, Ramsbury, Royal Wootton Bassett, Salisbury, Shalbourne, Slough, Stow, Swindon, Tewkesbury, Thatcham, Trowbridge, Wanborough, Wantage, Warminster, Wiltshire, Winchester, Windsor, Witney, Wokingham, Worcester, Wroughton and Yate.

Torquay: Babbacombe, Bantham, Barnstaple, Bideford, Bodmin, Bridgewater, Brixham, Bude, Burnham-on-Sea, Chard, Cleveden, Cornwall, Crewkerne, Devon, Dorset, Exeter, Exmouth, Frome, Glastonbury, Holsworthy, Honiton, Ivybridge, Kingskerswell, Launceston, Lyme Regis, Lynton, Marldon, Minehead, Newquay, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Painton, Plymouth, Salcombe, Seaton, Sidmouth, Somerset, Street, Stroud, Taunton, Tiverton, Torquay, Totnes, Wellington, Wells, Weston-super-Mer, Weymouth and Yeovil.

Derby: Ashbourne, Ashyby-de-la-Zouch, Bakewell, Beeston, Birmingham, Burton upon Trent, Buxton, Cannock, Cheadle, Chesterfield, Coalville, Congleton, Corby, Coventry, Crewe, Derby, Grantham, Kettering, Leek, Leicester, Lincoln, Long Eaton, Loughborough, Macclesfield, Matlock, Melton Mowbray, Newark-on-Trent, Nuneaton, Oakham, Peterborough, Sheffield, Sleaford, Stafford, Stamford, Stoke-on-Trent, Sutton Coldfield, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Swadlincote, Tamworth, Telford, Uppingham, Uttoxeter, Wigston, Wolverhampton and Worksop.

York: Barnard Castle, Barnsley, Beverley, Boroughbridge, Bradford, Bridlington, Burnley, Castleford, Darlington, Doncaster, Driffield, Easingwold, Goole, Halifax, Harrogate, Hartlepool, Helmsley, Hessle, Hornsea, Huddersfield, Hull, Keighley, Leeds, Malton, Manchester, Market Weighton, Middlesborough, North Yorkshire, Pocklington, Pontefract, Ripon, Rotherham, Scunthorpe, Selby, Sheffield, Skipton, South Yorkshire, Stockport, Thirsk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Wetherby, Whitby, Withernsea, York and the Yorkshire Dales.

East London Basildon, Barking, Bexley, Blackheath, Braintree, Brentwood, Brixton, Bromley, Burnt Oak, Canvey Island, Chatham, Chelmsford, Cheshunt, Chigwell, City of London, Croydon, Dagenham, Dartford, Dulwich, Edgware, Enfield, Essex, Gravesend, Grays, Greater London, Grenwich, Harlow, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, Hornchurch, Ilford, Kent, London Docklands, Maidstone, Mill Hill, Orpington, Peckham, Rainham, Rayleigh, Rochester, Romford, Sevenoaks, Sidcup, Southend-on-Sea, Stoke Newington, Stratford, Tilbury, Waltham, Walthamstow, Westminster, Wickford, Woodford and Woolwich.

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