How to choose Solar PV panels

Solar PV is now the most popular choice of renewable energy for UK homeowners. But how do you know you are making the right choice when buying solar panels for your home? Here are some simple things to look out for when buying Solar PV.

Start by finding a local company with a good track record and look for evidence that they will around for the long term. A local service that is part of a national company should give you reassurance. Check they are MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) registered and are members of a reputable customer code of practice such as the REAL assurance scheme.

Always make sure you get a complete survey of your home before you receive a cost estimate. Every property is different and the proposal you receive should be unique to your home and they way you use it. A good consultant will spend time with you discussing your options and finding the best solution.

Be sure to understand what type of panels are being recommended and why.  Factors to consider are efficiency, aesthetics, warranty and manufacturer reliability. You should be advised on all of these factors during your conversations with the consultant. Don?t be pushed into a particular panel choice, there are always options to suit your personal tastes, your budget and your type of roof.

Solar PV is an excellent investment and a good way to protect from crippling electricity bills. With the right company you will enjoy the benefits for many years to come.  Call EnergyMyWay on 0845 731 3181 or email

James Eades

By: James Eades

Operations Director, James Eades is EnergyMyWay's in-house expert on renewable energy policy, microgeneration technologies and best practice in the renewable energy industry.