Home Owners

Power to the People

 

Buy a solar PV system which can pay for itself in just a few years.


You may have wondered why so many homes are installing Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems. To meet the EU target of 20% energy derived from renewables by the year 2020, the Government has launched a financial incentive known as the "Feed in Tariff" (FiT) or Clean Energy Cashback Scheme. This tariff provides homeowners with a guaranteed income - tax free and rising with inflation.

It can be hard to make sense of the FiT scheme because it seems too good to be true. You are actually paid for every unit of electricity you generate - even if you use it. Even if you have everything in the house running; washing machine, tumble dryer, televisions etc and you manage to use all of the electricity you generate as it is being produced - you still get paid for it. If you don't use the electricity, it is automatically "exported" back to the grid, and you get paid extra for every unit. It's all tax free and index linked, rising in line with the retail price index.

All these payments are Government guaranteed.

According to the Office for National Statistics electricity prices have risen by over 80% in the last 10 years, and experts are warning that energy bills are likely to continue soaring over the coming years. By installing a PV system to the roof of your home, not only will you be paid for everything your PV system generates, you won't need to buy so much electricity, thereby cutting your electricity bills and saving you money.

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It's a myth that solar PV doesn't work in the UK, modern Solar PV systems silently convert sunlight into electricity, even on rainy days. Suitable homes can now generate more daytime electricity than they use. The systems are quick to install, self cleaning on pitched roofs and require very little maintenance.

Oxbridge Solar is fully accredited MCS Solar PV company, specialising in the design, supply and  installation of the very latest high tech Solar PV systems.

The combined effect of the free electricity and the tariffs allows homeowners with suitable roofs to pay back their initial investment in just a few years. To find out if your roof could be a cash machine, please contact us for a free, no hard sell, estimate.

Homeowners are urged to act fast, tariff rates are dropping, so to get the best deal, call us soon to maximize the income potential of Solar PV.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prices:

Our prices include everything an average home needs for a fully installed and commissioned roof system, and include:

  • scaffolding - straightforward access for a home up to two storeys high
  • Solar PV panels
  • Mounting frames
  • Inverter
  • All necessary wiring, including isolator switches
  • Safety Signs
  • Generation meter - to allow you to claim the feed in tariff
  • Full system installation
  • Complete MCS approved system certification
  • VAT at 5% (retro fitted to home roofs owners)

Please call for current prices.

 

 * PV systems should be placed at least 300mm from any roof edge.

The amount of electricity a system produces during a year depends on several factors, the most important of which are:

  • Location
  • Roof orientation relative to the due South
  • Your roof pitch
  • Local weather patterns
  • PV Panel shading

We are happy to send you a free estimate of the expected amount of electricity a system on your roof would produce each year - please call 0800 084 2602 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  You can estimate system outputs yourself, by following this free link to the highly respected Solar PV calculator from the European Joint Research Council.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs
 

Q. Isn't the weather here too bad to make Solar PV viable?
A. Power is generated from sunrise to sunset even on a cloudy day. On a summer's day that could be 17 hours of free electricity. More power is generated when the sun is strong and the skies cloudless but you may be surprised to learn just how efficicient our modern systems are and how much power you can generate throughout the year. Germany has a very similar climate to ours and is a world leader in PV installations due to adopting their own FiT scheme several years ago.
 

Q. Is the solar electricity different from normal electricity? Is there a switch to change from the solar panels to my normal electricity supply?
A. You won’t notice any difference. All your electrical appliances will work as usual. If electricity is being produced by the panels it will be used first automatically. If there isn’t enough being produced for what you need, or if it is night-time, then you will automatically use electricity from your usual supplier.
 

Q. Who pays the FiT tariffs?
A. The FiT Scheme is not funded from the Government ‘purse’ but Power Companies are obliged to pay the tariffs following legislation brought in by the Government. In effect the FiT payments will be paid for by an increase in the average price of electricity bought by everybody from the Power Companies.
 

Q. Will the Government ever reduce the tariffs or stop the FiT Scheme altogether?
A.
The Government will continuously review the FiT rate offered to new installations.
  

Q. What happens after 20 years?
A. Solar panels don't just stop working after 25 years. They normally come with a manufacturers' warranty to give 80% of their original efficiency at this time. It may be that after the FiT scheme has ended the Power Companies will only pay you for your surplus energy, but you will still continue to benefit from free electricity to use on site as it is generated for many years to come.
 

Q. What happens when I want to sell my house?
A. One of our customers recently reported receiving an offer on his house within a week of putting it on the market, the buyer said it was just what he wanted, a greener home with an income for the next 20 years. Estate agents report that more buyers are now seeking homes with lower energy bills and many people are looking for greener homes.