Residential Solar Case Study: Energy bill savings with Solar

Client

Our clients Mr & Mrs Lane had 10 Solar Panels fitted to the roof of their property.

For this homeowner, the PV system will have fully paid itself off in less than 5 years – System warranties exceed 12 years and therefore that’s 7 YEARS GUARENTEED FREE SOLAR ELECTRICITY AND ANNUAL BENEFITS AT AN ABSOLUTE MINIMUM.

Benefits of Solar Panels

Can you believe Mr & Mrs Lane have saved £1,625.52 on annual Electricity Bills since the introduction of Solar Panels?

THIS CLIENT IS FINANCIALLY 57.8% BETTER OFF SINCE INSTALLING SOLAR PANELS!

That’s equivalent to an all-inclusive three week Caribbean Cruise! Can you afford to miss out?

Putting the financial benefits aside, the eco-friendly efforts these homeowners have made are the same as planting 36 trees with CO2 Emissions savings at 596.4kg. All in less than a year… fantastic work !

For this homeowner, the Solar Panel system will have paid for itself in less than 5 years.

A project that is an absolute no brainer, eco-friendly and environmentally beneficial, all whilst keeping the aesthetics of the home with our sleek, FULL BLACK PV Modules.

Contact us today for a FREE no obligation quotation via our remote desktop survey in less than 5 minutes! Deal directly with our team of technical representatives while avoiding all sales and pressure tactics – we ask no decisions be made on the spot!

Solar Panel Grants for Farms

Recently, the Environmental Secretary, Steve Barclay, has announced capital grants being made available to farmers who wish to install Solar Panels on rooftops and irrigation reservoirs (floating solar) as well as farms looking to invest in robotic and automatic equipment. These grants are aimed at improving productivity and increasing renewable energy usage on farmland across the UK.

The vast majority of this fund will be available under the Farming Productivity Grant (Round 2), which is part of the wider Farming Investment Fund announced in 2021 Farming Investment Fund announced in 2021. The grant provides between £15,000 – £100,000 towards solar equipment; helping energy resilience, maintaining fixed costs and a sustainable electricity supply for farms across the country.

Applications are taking place in 2 stages beginning in January 2024 until March 2024.

For more information, including the ability to receive a no-obligation quote for Solar Panel installation, click here.

33 Solar panels mounted on a flat roofed residential property

Residential Solar Case Study: Flat Roof Design

Client

Our client wanted to save money on her energy bills. By adding solar panels onto her flat roof, they will save her great amounts on her electricity bill, especially with her owning an electric car that needs charging daily.

Project

33 JA Solar 385W half-cell mono black panels were installed to this detached home using our flat-roof mounting system. The 33 solar panels are hidden from view to fit with her aesthetically pleasing home, complete with a SolarEdge Inverter and Wonderlux Battery for energy storage.

Benefits of Solar Panels

Solar panels have many benefits and vast savings can be made for homeowners installing a Solar PV System. Solar panels can help households decrease their carbon footprint by reducing their reliance on fossil fuels, whilst saving hundreds on electric bills every year.

The 33-panel system we designed and fitted for this client will generate approximately 11938.08kWh per annum and has saved over 70,000kg of CO2 emissions to date, the equivalent of over 900 trees planted!

What our client had to say

  • How did you hear about SolarTherm? 

I heard about SolarTherm via a Google search I wanted to find a local company for my solar installation.

  • Did you speak to many different solar panel installers before choosing SolarTherm?

We did have a national company who came round, I can’t remember who but they were very pushy and it was off-putting so I decided to keep looking.

  • What made you choose SolarTherm? 

You were very informative and clear about what was needed and you were local.

  • Would you recommend SolarTherm to others and if so, why? 

I would recommend SolarTherm due to good customer service and I felt as though you are a good honest company that wasn’t trying to over sell what was needed. 

  • Do you think the investment in solar panels has been worthwhile? 

It has definitely been worth investing in solar for our home. Our electricity use is very high and it has helped reduce the money that is spent.

  • How do the solar panels look on your property? 

I have 100% flat roof so the solar panels are not noticed at all. 

Commercial Solar PV Case Study: Playfair Capital

Client

Playfair are a sector agnostic fund with a contrarian approach to pre-seed investing. Playfair exist to nurture the most promising founders of today to build the category-defining companies of tomorrow. Playfair started in 2013 and brought a team of partners and investors on board. Today, the team has grown to 10 people, who all share a genuine devotion to the startup world.

Roof mounted solar array at Playfair Capital
Roof mounted solar array at Playfair Capital

Project

SolarTherm UK’s project in June 2022 at Playfair Capital, consisting of 12.8kWh. 32 Solar PV modules were installed by our technicians to create eco-friendly & low carbon electricity all year round in a Central London office building. Powered by SolarEdge . Powered by SolarEdge, there are live monitoring facilities in place to ensure constant reliability and performance of the Solar PV system.

Benefits of Solar Panels for Businesses

Solar panels have many benefits and are savings can be made on both domestic households and commercial properties. Solar PV panels can help both domestic households and commercial properties reduced their carbon footprint by reducing their reliance on fossil fuels, therefore, saving hundreds on electric bills every year.

As many commercial properties are utilised during the day, they are perfect for solar panels. The energy produced by the solar panels immediately reduce your reliance on electricity from the grid. Some of the key benefits of commercial solar panels include:

  • Reduced electric bills
  • Tax relief
  • Additional income potential

Commercial Solar PV Case Study: Chingford Golf Range

Client

Chingford Golf Range provides easy to golf practice and tuition situated just 2 miles north of the A406 North Circular Road. Chingford Golf Range was founded back in 1973, and was one of the first driving ranges in the UK.

Project

At our project in 2022 at Chingford Golf Range consisting of 45kW.  150 Solar PV modules were installed by our technicians to create eco-friendly & low carbon electricity all year round.

Benefits

Solar panels have many benefits and are savings can be made on both domestic households and commercial properties. Solar PV panels can help both domestic households and commercial properties reduced their carbon footprint by reducing their reliance on fossil fuels, therefore, saving hundreds on electric bills every year.

As many commercial properties are utilised during the day, they are perfect for solar panels. The energy produced by the solar panels immediately reduce your reliance on electricity from the grid. Some of the key benefits of commercial solar panels include:

  • Reduced electric bills
  • Tax relief
  • Additional income potential
Over 400 roof mounted solar panels

Commercial Solar PV Case Study: Ultimat PLC

Client

Ultimat PLC is based in Berkshire and supplies printing and presentation solutions to professional photographers throughout the UK and beyond.

Solar panel installation in Berkshire

Project

Our commercial solar project in August 2023 at Ultimat PLC in Berkshire, consisted of 185kWp. That’s around 450 Solar Panels that will produce around 176,000kWh per annum of electricity and last for 30+ years. Solar PV modules were installed by our technicians to create eco-friendly & low carbon electricity all year round. Powered by SolarEdge, with live monitoring facilities available on the premises.

Benefits of Solar Panels for Businesses

Solar panels have many benefits and are savings can be made on both domestic households and commercial properties. Solar PV panels can help both domestic households and commercial properties reduced their carbon footprint by reducing their reliance on fossil fuels, therefore, saving hundreds on electric bills every year.

As many commercial properties are utilised during the day, they are perfect for solar panels. The energy produced by the solar panels immediately reduce your reliance on electricity from the grid. Some of the key benefits of commercial solar panels include:

  • Reduced electric bills
  • Tax relief
  • Additional income potential

Commercial Solar PV Case Study: Bancroft School

Client

Bancroft’s School was founded by the Drapers’ Company in 1737 on the Mile End Road as a day-school for local boys from a diverse range of backgrounds; the School has come a long way geographically and institutionally since then but the School remains committed to enabling pupils from a wide range of backgrounds to enjoy our education and has a long tradition of excellence.

Project

One of our favourite projects of the year in February 2023 at Bancroft’s Prep School. This installation consisted of 123kW. Over 300 Solar PV modules were installed by our technicians to create eco-friendly & low carbon electricity all year round. Powered by SolarEdge, we have live monitoring facilities displayed in the school included in academic and educational lessons.

Solar PV System Benefits

Solar panels have many benefits and savings can be made on both domestic households and commercial properties. Solar PV panels can help commercial properties lower their carbon footprint by reducing their reliance on fossil fuels, therefore, saving hundreds on electric bills every year.

As many commercial properties are utilised during the day, they are perfect for solar panels. The energy produced by the solar panels immediately reduce your reliance on electricity from the grid. Some of the key benefits of commercial solar panels include:

  • Reduced electric bills
  • Tax Relief
  • Additional income potential

Bancroft Prep School: Solar PV System

  • Over 300 Solar Panels installed

  • System Size – 62.755kWh

  • System production: 97.91MWh

  • Equivalent to 18.934kg CO2 Emissions Saved & 1,145.59 trees planted.

Commercial Solar PV Case Study: Canvey Island Conservative Club

Client

Canvey Island Conservative Club is located in Long Road Canvey Island just a few hundred yards from the town centre and is one of the largest in the UK, currently boasting approximately 1700 members. In 2009 the club won the converted Sir Marcus Fox ACC (association of Conservative Clubs) Club of the year award as well as celebrating it’s 50th anniversary.

Project

In our latest project at Canvey Island Conversative club, we installed 50 black Solar PV panels. These PV modules were installed by our technicians to create eco-friendly & low carbon electricity all year round completed with a Growatt inverter.

Solar PV System Benefits

Solar panels have many benefits and savings can be made on both domestic households and commercial properties. Solar PV panels can help commercial properties lower their carbon footprint by reducing their reliance on fossil fuels, therefore, saving hundreds on electric bills every year.

As many commercial properties are utilised during the day, they are perfect for solar panels. The energy produced by the solar panels immediately reduce your reliance on electricity from the grid. Some of the key benefits of commercial solar panels include:

  • Reduced electric bills
  • Tax Relief
  • Additional income potential
 

The system we have designed for them will generate ~19270kWh per annum. Assuming they use 34% of the energy generated, in the first year alone they will save £2,278.06 on electricity and make £2,925.19 from exporting energy.

End of First YearOver 25 Years
Annual Saving£5,203.25£8,508.74 (Average Per Year)
Total Saving on Electricity£2,278.06£130,223.51
Total Saving on Export£2,925.19£82,494.88
Estimated Payback Time5 Years

Canvey Island Conservative Club: Solar PV System

  • 142 Solar Panels installed
  • System production: 33.2 MWh
  • CO2 Emission saved since install: 10,138 kg

Commercial Solar PV Case Study: Orsett Golf Course

Client

Orsett Golf Club was founded in 1899, celebrating its Centenary in 1999. The intervening 100 years has seen many changes to both the course and the club house. Orsett Golf Club Ltd. is a private members club and is limited by guarantee. The key being that the members own the club and have input into the running of it.

Project

In July 2022 142 Solar PV modules were installed by our technicians to create eco-friendly & low carbon electricity all year round at Orsett Golf Club. Powered by Solaredge, the club can monitor exactly what they are using and saving.

Solar PV System Benefits

Solar panels have many benefits and savings can be made on both domestic households and commercial properties. Solar PV panels can help commercial properties lower their carbon footprint by reducing their reliance on fossil fuels, therefore, saving hundreds on electric bills every year.

As many commercial properties are utilised during the day, they are perfect for solar panels. The energy produced by the solar panels immediately reduce your reliance on electricity from the grid. Some of the key benefits of commercial solar panels include:

 

  • Reduced electric bills
  • Tax Relief
  • Additional income potential
Orsett Golf Club solar generation

Orsett Golf Course: Solar PV System

  • 142 Solar Panels installed

  • System Size – 43.7kWp

  • System production since install: 60.28MWh

  • Environmental benefits: Equivalent to 12kg CO2 Emissions Saved & 705.23 trees planted.

COMMERCIAL SOLAR GRANTS AND TAX INCENTIVES

Do you have a commercial or a residential property portfolio? If yes, it’s worth looking further into this:

Non-domestic minimum expected energy standards (MEES) requires any non-domestic private rented property to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) level of a B by 2030, but at least a rating of C by 2027, to meet the government’s ambition of achieving net zero by 2050. The installation of renewable energy is key to meeting this and solar panels can help meet this.

SolarTherm UK are already undertaking work on many property portfolios and we are advising our clients of this:

The installation of solar panels is eligible for special rate pool allowances that would be subject to the £1m annual investment allowance (AIA)

This allows 100% tax relief on eligible assets such solar for commercial roof space. So alongside purchases such as plant and machinery, integral features including solar panels are also now accepted. There is a 50% first year allowance for solar panels, meaning solar comes under the new ‘full expensing’ rules. This started in April 2023 and HMRC state will run until 31 March 2026. The 50% allowance is particularly useful where a company does not have sufficient AIA.

Example

The tax impact is shown as below where the full 50% first year allowance is available:

In the table example, 6% of the remaining amount (i.e., £35,000) can then be claimed each year until the asset is fully paid off. It is better to use the company’s Annual Investment Allowance against special rate pool items as a priority first, to other purchases.

Timing of the purchase is important as if the payment for the expenditure is 4 months or more after the unconditional obligation to pay arises, then expenditure is treated as occurring on the date of payment. Depending on the circumstances this may shift the tax relief available onto the next accounting period.

Bancroft’s independent school. 150kWp phase 1 installation by Solartherm UK(R)
Bancroft’s independent school. 150kWp phase 1 installation by Solartherm UK(R)

Grants

It’s also worth checking whether any grants are available to fund the purchase of solar equipment, for example Locase (https://locase.co.uk/) (Low Cost Carbon South East) runs until June 2023 (last grants panel is currently set for early May) which provides funding up to £10,000 on energy efficient equipment (certain eligibility criteria need to be met).

It is also worth checking https://www.grantfinder.co.uk/funding-highlights/funds/energy/ regularly for other grants.

The tax impact on use of grants is that the value on which monetary allowances are applied is reduced by the amount of the grant.