Call to seize solar PV opportunity before window closes

by Search Gate staff. Published Fri 23 Jan 2015 11:44
Experts say investing in solar now makes more sense
Experts say investing in solar now makes more sense

Now is the time to invest in solar PV. That is the message from the UK’s leading solar installation resource, Solar Guide, as it warns that the countdown is already on to the next Feed-in Tariff cuts.

There are just 10 weeks to go until the rates are reviewed on 31st March. With the ever-decreasing FiT set to come down again in line with the Government guidelines for quarterly degression, potential customers need to act quickly to make solar panel installation as cost-effective as possible.

The winter months are traditionally a quieter time, with many people still mistakenly believing that PV systems are dependent on sunlight rather than daylight. It is therefore likely that the process from quotes to installation will be quicker than in busier seasons, with systems in places and fully functioning within a short space of time to take maximum advantage of the current rates.

Solar Guide assists anyone considering solar PV installation with the steps they need to make a decision and, should they choose, get up and running. The website at allows visitors to apply free for up to three quotes from local installers, with no obligation to go ahead at all. They can compare prices with the assurance that all the companies they are considering are MCS certified and manually approved before being included by Solar Guide.

The straightforward form on the site uses information such as location, available roof area and whether it is south facing (contrary to what is often believed, 90 degrees either way will also work though a directly south-facing side may be slightly more effective) to provide individually tailored options to potential buyers. It is also possible to browse Solar Guide’s full nationwide database of certified installers, and read reviews of their work from authenticated previous customers.

For peace of mind, Solar Guide actively manages its own database and regularly vets, monitors, approves and rejects contractors based on demanding criteria including minimum levels of feedback and industry-required registrations. The service does not provide online quotes as every property requires its own assessment by a professional from each company offering a quotation to ensure the figures and forecasts presented are accurate.

Solar Guide’s free service is designed to match potential solar PV customers with the approved installers in the local area best placed to meet their specific needs. The website also contains comprehensive background details on the costs, benefits and savings related to solar PV, plus the latest legislation and changes, so anyone considering installation can make a truly informed decision.

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