A neighbour pointed me to the web site at
which supplies and fits solar panels and claims some installations can
be done for free, the costs borne by the government green energy
Now this all sounds too good to be true, so I'm wondering whether
anyone has any experience of this or similar companies? The neighbour
appears to have signed up for his free installation, so I await to see
There's just been a long discussion on this group on this subject.
If something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is - and in
this case it definitely is.
I bet your neighbour also thinks he's won the Spanish Lottery.
Most companies offering this service at least have the decency to offer
to lease your roof from you for about £79 p.a.
Theres a lot want some money off of you to aid the installation cost
I know, that's why I asked for pointers to ones who actually paid to "rent"
Which sort of "solar panels", photo-voltaic or thermal?
Can't be arsed to read the scam they are pulling but I expect that
the free installation and maintenace for 25 years is dependant on
them getting all the FIT payments. All the householder gets is a
slightly reduced electricity bill. If they are at work all day it
will only be a slight reduction as well.
There is also the unknown effect that having a PV installation on
house, with the FIT payments not going to the householder, will have
on the value of the property. I wouldn't be interested in buying such
a place at all. PV and the householder getting the FITs is another
mater and may slighly enhance the value.
There is a huge Feed in Tariff (FiT) paid to owners of home generation
systems for the electricity they produce (regardless of whether they use
it themselves or export it to the grid). In the case of the most
ineffective and pointless schemes like solar PV, the tariff is
currently over 43p per kw/h generated (with a further payment of a bit
over 3p if you actually export any of that).
So said company installs the kit at their expense, and then claims all
the FiT payments (probably £800 ish per year). You get to lend them roof
space rent free, and they let you keep the lekky generated (estimated to
be worth anything from £70 - £140 per year).
It's a legitimate offer. The owner of the roof gets to use the "free"
electricity that the panels generate and the company owing the installation
get the FIT payments.
Whether it is worth the aggro or nor for under 100 pounds of leccy per year
is another matter.
i wonder what the terms of the contract are if they get damaged or
will the house insurers put up the premiums for people with solar panels on
the roof, that's if you tell them in the first place,
but say you fall out with a neighbor, who then gets his kids to
'accidentally' lob cricket balls onto the solar array, or even just chuck
rocks on them.
what happens when the scrap metal marked comes back down to a sensible
level, and it's no longer worth the pikeys trouble going on roofs to nick
lead, (or the copper from the cables from the solar panels :) and they turn
to nicking the solar panels?
On Sat, 16 Jul 2011 14:10:29 +0100, The Natural Philosopher
Are they? This is a serious question; I'm not being sarcastic. Do you
consider solar panels not worth the money? If so, I'll think of other
alternatives, one being a wood-burning stove. (By the way, I'm no
interested in saving the environment, only in saving money. Anything I
do that saves me money AND saves the environment, well, that's just a
On 16/07/2011 14:10, The Natural Philosopher wrote:
Well the panels themselves have value - given they are 'kin expensive
and there are plenty of times they can be useful for getting power in
off grid locations (obviously not with the grid feed inverters).
It would only take a supply of cheap fake panels (or knackered real
ones) to make swapping them when no one is looking worthwhile for some
On Sat, 16 Jul 2011 23:19:03 -0700 (PDT), harry wrote:
Do it in daylight then. Sign written van, logo matching overalls,
story for anyone who asks about the panels needing to be "maintained"
or "refurbished" due to toxic chemicals leaking due to a manufacture
fault or "replaced" as the wrong ones where fitted orginally.
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