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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 05-03-2021, 07:47 Thread Starter
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Solar panels info wanted.

Hi Y'all.
Just wondering what peoples experiences of having solar panels installed recently?
What types, costs and grants as well as actual benefits and returns.

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Assuming that you mean on the HOUSE - we have been conned by a company that funnily enough, has gone bankrupt three times now - well the same Firector.

Ours were installed amid promises of grants (never materialised), no costs (oh yes there are) and atrocious work.

Even EDF refuse to connect them as they are single Phase and the house is triple phase - so unconnectable. Thanks EUROFRANCE SOKAIRE and the follow up companies that have also gone bankrupt.

Badly installed by Romanian workers who were rubbish, and we are still paying for them, initial price 22,000€, by the time we finish it will be over 33000€.

And they don't work, can't work and never will.

Just beware and do not be taken in by supposed grants, approval by Council, approval by EDF - they all turn out to be falsely obtained and yet we have no comeback on anyone.
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all good here, I had 16 panel fitted on my roof in June 2014 by a local company. South facing, no obstructions, one of sunniest spots in England admittedly! Cost around £6500 . Combined feed-in tarrif and savings meant payback was by last june - ie 6 years. Continuing savings mean I have a net power cost of around nil after allowing for the winter fuel allowance. Solar heats my water most of the year, obviously need some input in the winter and cloudy times.
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Gosh Dave, thanks for the warnings, yes house. I'm not sure which road we will be going down but need all the info possible.

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For the expense involved and the payback period ( we're south facing with a large roof) we decided it was a dead loss unless you're quite young and it's your forever home, Liz chases the cheapest supplier every year.
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Dave, that sounds horrendous. Us there no French equivalent of Watchdog, or small claims court (tho hardly a small claim) or Citizens' Advice?
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You might be right Kev using those parameters. Our age is a big factor. Luckily we are south facing and have two different angles to the horizon.
But our electricity costs have been rising recently probably to pay for all the new meters. Plus I guess our usage has increased this winter.

Where we will be next year or decade we know not.

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We have just had 46 inset solar panels installed on the South and West facing rooves of the new bungalow. South facing roof is full and West facing took the balance. It is the maximum we are allowed to have before seeking permission. Cost was £8,000 including VAT which, as self builder, we will be able to claim back. The bungalow is due to be triple phase. The solar panels will connect to the triple phase by going on to one phase of it. The other two phases are for the rest of the house and for a future electric car charger. We are not electricians but our understanding is that you should be able to connect your panels, Dave, to one phase of the triple supply.

We thought long and hard about our age and the pay back. Decided that our daughter might want the bungalow as a holiday retreat when we are gone.
The grant, we decided, was not worth applying for. You must use their approved suppliers and they bump up the price enough to nullify the grant. Our supplier is a local company that specialises in solar. Cannot recommend him highly enough. They are called Spartek http://spartek.co.uk/ and Lee is a really nice chap if a bit intense. He came highly recommended by all the other trades who work with him. I am sure, Dave, if you offer him a nice little holiday, he would come and sort your system out. Next time we speak to him I will ask his opinion on the single phase to triple phase problem. He will be wiring up our bungalow and garage towards the end of this month/beginning of next. His current contract is for a London Borough.

Lee told us that we will generate enough (allowing for the weather) to charge a car over night. Not that we have an electric car but you never know! You can now get batteries that will hold some of the generated electricity for use over night or on dull days. Tesla do one but he says that you are paying for the name with them. Tesla have an agreement whereby you can sell your electricity back to one of the electricity companies https://www.tesla.com/en_gb/powerwall. Waiting to see if we have enough money to buy one of those or one of the ones Lee recommends.
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How long before you see payback from the panels to cover the cost, assuming rates stay the same?
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Highly commendable Pat. In your situation I might probably go down the same route new installation.
But a few comments and experiences have made us wary for now and as we age talk of possibly relocating rears it's ugly head more and more. Despite the fact we just can't agree on any next move so we stay.

£8k of panels would be OK if a suitable reduction in bills were guaranteed. But like on a motorhome you need more power when the sun is hardly shining. Saying that today is brilliant but chilly.

There might be other complications here in France with connecting to EDF. They can be difficult being a monopoly.

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