Solar PV Project

2.82kw system, Stonemill Way, Meanwood, Leeds


The customer had looked into investing in solar PV previously to us providing him with a quote. The customer had received 3 quotes from competitors when the feed-in tariff (FIT) had been at 43p per kwh. Despite this high rate FIT the quotes were not within the customers budget and therefore he didn't move forward with the investment.

We approached the customer in March 2012 and explained that the market place had changed and that solar PV was still a profitable investment. The customer was interested to see the figures so we took steps to produce a quote.

The Process

The first step was to visit the customer and carry out a full site survey. Once we had gathered all of the information required we were able to go away and source the most appropriate equipment and calculate the predicted performance of the system using SAP 2009. In the meantime a roofing report was produced by an experienced roofer to ensure that the roof could take the weight of the panels. As well as this, an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) was produced following a visit from an Energy Assessor. This was essential and is required by any electricity provider in order to qualify for Feed-in Tariffs (FITs). Once all of the relevant information had been collated, a competitive quote was produced and sent to the customer. Within a few days the customer advised that he wanted to proceed.

The Property

The property itself was in a great position. The orientation of the roof was south-facing, the pitch of the roof was 26 degrees and there was no shading. The property had a loft conversion with Velux windows, so careful planning was required in order to make the most of the roof space and fit as many panels as possible to maximise the power that could be generated through the system.

Safety was paramount as the team were working at height and carrying large panels up onto the roof. Full safety equipment was worn at all times and scaffolding was in place to provide a safe working environment.


The SAP 2009 calculation predicted that the system would produce 2420 kilowatt hours per year.

The estimated annual total system benefit (Feed-in Tariff + electricity exported to the grid + savings on electricity) = £691.63

The estimated payback period was 8.7 years.

'I cannot recommend Select1 enough, at every stage of the process the communication and service has been exceptional. Darran is extremely knowledgeable and presented all the options for the type of systems available in a clear way to allow me to make my decision. I am now the proud owner of a Solar PV unit that is performing above expectation and comes with the added positive feel factor of doing something for the environment. Thank you Select1' Matthew Ward

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