Matt and his family were concerned by the climate emergency and its impact on the planet. When they moved to a new house in October 2019, they took the opportunity to explore ways to reduce their carbon emissions. Matt had been interested in installing solar panels for a long time but had been unable to at their previous home, because the roof was too steep, and the house was overshadowed by trees and neighbouring properties.
The family’s new home is a four-bedroom detached house with a southwest facing roof, making it suitable for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. Matt contacted Home Energy Scotland for impartial, expert advice about which other technologies could be suitable for his new home. The advisor confirmed that solar PV could easily be installed and that other technologies would also be suitable.
Matt decided to install a 4.2kW solar PV system comprising 14 panels and a chargepoint for his new electric vehicle (EV). He used Energy Saving Trust’s Renewables Installer Finder to find three suitable companies to provide quotes. Matt chose to use a local installer who could do all the work rather than sub-contracting to others, as he thought this would give them more control over the quality and timeliness of the installation.
The installation took place over two and a half days in early February 2020 – with scaffolding constructed the week before – which was quicker than Matt expected.