Below is a guide to what will happen on the day of the installation. If you have any questions throughout the process, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Our team will be with you bright and early on the morning of installation. We usually send, a project manager (whom will make themselves known to you upon arrival), two roofers and an electrician. Our project manager will keep you updated throughout the day and will ensure that the work is completed on time and to our exceptionally high standards.
We aim to have all installations completed in a maximum of 2 days. If any complications arise our project manager will inform you straight away.
What we need you to do
All we ask is that we have space to work. We will also need to use your mains electricity supply, water, we love a good cuppa and the toilet. All our employees are house trained, therefore we promise to keep noise, disruption and mess to a minimum, ensuring we clean our mess before we leave.
Tools of the trade
What you will see on the day of installation is:
• Solar panels – these look like large reflective sheets of glass
• Roof anchors – to hold the base to your roof
• Frame – this holds the panels in place on your roof
• Clamps – to hold the solar panels to the roof
Step by step guide to the installation process
1. The first thing we’ll do is erect some scaffolding. This will give our team safe access to your roof. This is usually erected the day before our installation team arrives
2. The day after the scaffolding is erected our installation team will arrive. Their first job is to attach the roof anchors to hold the base for the solar panels. Depending on the type of tile fitted to your roof will depend on the type of anchor that we use. We will assess your roof on the day that we carry out your home survey to ensure that on the day of installation all the correct fixings are used.
3. Our next job is to attach the frame. The frame is made up of aluminium bars. All bars must be fitted straight and parallel to ensure the panels fit correctly and are held securely in place.
4. After we’ve fitted the frame, it’s time to install the panels. These are clamped to the frame loosely at first so that we can make sure they are parallel and even. At this stage we will ask you to take at look at the panels to make sure you are happy with the layout. Once these are firmly anchored we cannot remove them.
5. Now that we’ve got the panels installed we need to wire the panels. These generally come pre-wired from the manufacturer but we need to get the wires down to the inverter in your attic. The inverter converts the absorbed energy in to DC electricity. Our electricians will ensure the wiring is hidden as much as possible.
6. After our electrician has connected the inverter, he will make the final connections to your consumer unit. If this needs updating, he will do so at the point of installation. He will also connect a generation meter; this is for you to monitor how much electricity you produce from the solar panels. Whilst this work is being carried we will need to turn off your mains electricity supply. This can be off for up to an hour.
7. All done! Now that the panels are on the roof, the inverter is connected, the consumer unit updated and generation meter fitted, it’s time to switch things on. Our project manager will flick the switch to power up the system. He’ll then send the voltage reading to the team back at head office who will confirm that the system is performing to standard. Once this has been acknowledged, our team will clean and up and will be on their way.