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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:16 am    Post subject: Solar Panel Survey this Evening.  Reply with quote

Karen has a friend who has recently had solar panels fitted on her house. She and her husband are  very astute financially and they  really know the score. They meticulously trawled through around 35 companies and sorted the wheat from the chaf,f before deciding on which one they were going to have to do the installation.
They reckon that their investment in solar panels is now coining the money in, especially when compared with the income that their money would have been earning if it had remained in the bank or in an ISA etc.

Having allowed them to do the hard foot work to get the best deal, we've picked their brains and  gone straight to the company of their choice and as a result, they are going to be doing a survey of our place this evening at 5.00pm. We'll let you know how we get on and whether or not we decide to go a head.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Justme would be a good contact.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I await the results with anticipationn.    I have heard so many differing views on the subject of who to go with and if it is really worth it, if you are looking to recoup not just doing it because you believe it is the way to go.  
When we were in France we had solar for power and heating so we know what and how but as for over here and how to feed back in to the grid etc I have no idea.   I hope the people coming to see you give you all the info you need and are 'nice' people
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Money is the main consideration and all the electricity will be going back into the National Grid.
Unfortunately, although I'd like to have our hot water supplied by solar power, I think that the upheaval of altering our existing system is going to be too much of an undertaking.
If we go ahead with  this, it will be as an investment. Finding the money for electricity bills taken care of and hopefully a bit more besides. We'll run the figures past you as soon as we get them
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Albeit some 18-24 months back and I only did the the second fix stages , doors,skirting boards,architraves, stairs and banisters ect.I was roped into helping and assisting placing solar panels in place...
The guy who owNed the house was quite savy on these matters, as was the builder.
The idea being back then they were going to set up a company, doing exactly this type of project.
The house we are about to move into, seriously considering doing similar.
Will as and when we move , contact Mark and seek his advice.
Look forward to more comments on this topic, at the end of the dayit could possibly the way to go...

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 3:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

very interesting.
We just had a survey done the other day awaiting results.  Like you, we also are looking to sell energy back to grid. We had WREN out, who take a commision which goes into a community fund.  Im interested to see what they come up with.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our panels are due to be fitted on the 17th of this month.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bodger wrote:
Our panels are due to be fitted on the 17th of this month.

Getting ours on the 24th , 16 in total
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, have you bought your panels or is this a rent a roof scheme?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
So, have you bought your panels or is this a rent a roof scheme?


I've bought ours £11,600 fitted on the roof, an estimate of £1,760, per year money back and savings, time will tell .
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We're buying ours too
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crickey!! Too rich for me!

Our savings are going to build the apex extention thingy!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
Crickey!! Too rich for me!

Our savings are going to build the apex extention thingy!


What with your current circumstances Lorraine, is it something maybe yout Mother could contribute to/fund.......
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How would I swing that?
If she gifts us that amount of money - it will be seen as deprivation of assets.
I could argue that its to offset her increased heating costs, but as it will increase the value of our house, I think they would dispute it.

I think we will have to go for rent a roof.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
but as it will increase the value of our house, I think they would dispute it.

I think we will have to go for rent a roof.


It might not increase the value yet. The market is to new.

Rent a roof schemes are even worse. Would you buy a house that was encumbered with a contract that you have to accept?

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