Rather than having all the hassle of having solar panels installed on
the roof of the house, does anyone know a company making panels that
simply slide in, as replacements for the existing plastic roof panels
on a conservatory? It's in a very sunny position.
Just one point - in our case the rules from the planning authority were
that a conservatory had a transparent or translucent roof. That's going
to be hard if you cover it with solar wossnames.
That may well explain why you don't see adverts everywhere for it.
That would probably be because having a largely transparent roof, it's
outside their purview. Cover the roof and it becomes an extension and
they might suddenly develop an interest.
I'm not saying you shouldn't do it - just pointing out a potential
Which is why I had a conservatory built, rather than an extenion. A
roofed extension would have required planning permission (and 2m deep
foundations courtesy of a neighbour's Willow). A conservatory needed none.
Yes, certainly something to try out first - sheets of black paper taped
to the inside of the roof or something like that).
A rear extension had been built on the back of our old house. 3 bed semi
- the existing room only had windows where the extension went. And the
extension had full height glass at the end , a glass block 'window' on
one wall. It did make the 'inside' room a bit dingy, and meant that you
needed lights on all the time.
also, if you think it gets hot in the conservatory in summer now, you could
prolly roast a whole side of a pig in it if you had solar panels in place of
the top glass panels,
solar panels get extremely hot, and yes i am talking about PV panels, tho
the hot water ones get as hot too,
i have 3 x 125 watt panels on the roof of my motorhome, first one was stuck
directly to the roof, i.e. the frame attatched to the roof, i could feel
inside where the panel was due to the heat radiating thru the alli outer
skin, 1 inch styrine insulation and ply inner skin,
when i took that panel off to move it and fit it properly (on stand off legs
so air flow can get under it and help cooling... and a cooler panel outputs
more power too) the alli roof under the panel had been baked so much the
paint had bubbled off and it was buckled to hell,
luckily i was moving the panel to add a roof window, so that bit of roof was
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