Free solar panels: frequently asked questions
Since the government introduced the
some companies have offered to install free solar panels.
This means the supplier will take the Feed-in Tariff rates,
but you’ll still benefit from all the free electricity you can generate.
If you want to keep your income for the Feed-in Tariff, consider
buying your solar panels outright.
How big is your roof?
To qualify for solar panels for free, you need quite a big roof - about
19m2. You’re usually OK if:
Detached houses usually have large enough roofs.
Large bungalows can be suitable.
Large semi-detached houses can be suitable.
You may be turned down for free solar if your house is one of these following types:
Terraced houses rarely have enough roof space to be suitable for free solar panels.
If your roof has windows from a loft conversion
Townhouses, apartments and flats are not suitable for free solar panels.
Any property with a flat roof is not suitable for free solar panels.
Don’t worry, if your roof isn’t that big you can still invest in solar
panels by buying them outright. The added bonus? Not only will you
halve your energy bills, but you’ll earn money from them too. And if
you can’t afford the upfront cost there is financing and loans
Find out how to buy solar panels.
Why are free solar panels free?
In return for installing and maintaining your solar panels, your solar
installer will earn the income generated from the
So you get free solar panels and free electricity while the installer
continues to own the solar panels and collects the Feed-in Tariff
payments from the government.
However, it is worth noting that installers that offer free solar
panels have a few more stipulations about what kind of home is
suitable than if you bought them outright. To find out if you qualify
for free solar panels, you’ll need to ask a few questions first:
Which direction does your roof face?
If you want free solar panels, your roof must also be South facing - the
optimum position to collect energy from the sun. If your roof is not
South facing don’t worry, you can still
buy solar panels,
cutting your bills in half and earning you money through the Feed-in Tariff.
Is your roof shaded?
You may be turned down for free solar panels if…
There are tall trees shading your roof
There are other buildings shading your roof
What are solar photovoltaic (PV) panels?
Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are installed on your roof and collect
energy from from the sun to generate energy. This solar energy is used
as electricity in your home, powering everything from your lights to
your washing machine.