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Solar PV Installation:
North East & Northumberland

At EcoFuture we specialise in solar panel installation in the North East and Northumberland. With over 30 years’ worth of experience in the renewable energy sector our team of fully trained experts are on hand to ensure bespoke solar panel designs, start-to-finish installs, and first-rate customer care.

EcoFuture: Solar Panel Installers

We use the latest solar technology to harness energy from the sun and convert it to electricity. This can then be linked with our industry-leading heat pump products to heat your home for a fraction of the price of oil or gas.

Not only that, but we also include a range of high-capacity batteries that allow you to store excess electricity from your solar panels or sell it back to the grid.

If you’re interested in solar panel installation in the North East and Northumberland, then don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call our friendly engineers on 0191 490 3308 or you can use the contact form on this page

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Our Solar PV Packages

All our prices are reflective of 0% VAT paid on renewable installations

x8

3.48kw System

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£6,995

x8

3.48w System

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£7,995

x14

6.09kw System

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£10,995

Benefits: Solar Panels

Solar panel systems allow you to choose how much energy you produce based on the system that you install. Depending on your budget, it’s possible to offset 100% of your electricity bills with solar power. It’s also possible to generate more electricity than you can use, then allowing you to sell back to the National Grid via Smart Export Guarantee (SEG).

Solar power is essentially free energy. Once the initial costs have been made with installation, all power is taken from the sun, which is a renewable energy source. It vastly reduces the need to draw energy from the grid, which uses non-renewable energy sources for power, thus vastly reducing your carbon footprint.

Highly skilled engineers are EcoFuture mean that the installation process is exceptionally easy. We install panels to roofs of all shapes and sizes and can create custom systems based on our client’s needs. Installation can be completed within a matter of days, with very little disruption.

Renewable energy is here to stay and the move away from the likes of gas, oil, and national grid electricity is slowly going to phase out. The government is pushing for Net Zero by 2050 and between now and then, energy prices for non-renewable energy will continue to rise to encourage homes to make the change.

How Do Solar Panels Work?

How do they generate electricity?

Sun Powered

Solar panels are also referred to as Photovoltaic (PV) panels. Their job is to convert the light that is produced by the sun to then create energy or in this case, electricity.

It does this via a series of cells that are installed onto the panels. These cells are semiconductors and are made up of silicon which increases the absorption rate of light.

Each panel comes with a positive and negative terminal, which in turn creates an electrical circuit. The power that is generated from each panel is in Direct Current (DC), but for it to work in a home environment, it needs to be an Alternating Current (AC). To do this the power flows into a solar converter, which then switches the DC energy into usable AC energy.

Electricity can then either flow into a battery where it is stored, or it can flow directly into the home’s electricity meter before the fuse box. The meter is an important aspect of the solar panel system as this tells the system if there is enough power stored in the battery if there is enough power to bring in direct from the solar panels or if they need to call on the main grid supply to cover the usage.

Solar Panels & Battery Storage

Energy Storage

As one of the leading solar panel installers in the North East and Northumberland, we pride ourselves on creating systems that get the most out of your solar energy supply. One of the areas in that we do this is with the installation of high-capacity battery storage systems.

Depending on the number and size of the solar panels that you install will depend on how much electricity you can produce. It’s common that we install setups that create more electricity than the house needs to run, in which case there is a surplus.

When this occurs, we recommend introducing battery storage. This allows you to store power to either sell back to the grid as part of the government’s SEG commitment or to use at a later date when more power is needed than can be supplied, usually based on weather conditions (I.E. Winter months).

The size of the battery will vary and at EcoFuture we provide a wide selection of products from a variety of manufacturers such as GivEnergy, Enphase, Tesla, Victron Energy and Solis. Our goal with all aspects of solar panel installation in the North East, is to work with clients to provide a system that is going to produce maximum output based on budget.

Can Anyone Have Solar Panels?

The vast majority of homes in the North East and Northumberland will be able utilise solar panels. We pride ourselves on being able to design and install solutions for all homes, but there are some factors that make solar panels more efficient.

We start by looking at the location of the house and the direction of the roof. Ideally, the roof in question would be south facing and at a pitch of 35 degrees this will allow for a 100% energy output from the system. However, even roofs at a 90-degree pitch and North West facing will benefit from solar panels, but at a reduced rate of around 30% efficiency.

It’s worth noting that solar panels don’t have to be installed on a roof. There are free-standing options that can be used in gardens or fields at ground level. Where there are limitations on roof orientation or space, then these are viable alternatives.

How Much Power Can Solar Panels Generate?

The size of the system and the orientation and pitch of your roof will determine how much power the solar panels can create. It’s very plausible for a relatively small setup to create enough energy to provide your home with an entire year’s worth of electricity, giving you clean, free energy all year round.

Each system that we design and install at EcoFutre is bespoke. Nothing is simply “off the shelf” which allows us to maximise the potential energy you create. The average home uses around 2,900 kWh of electricity per year, which would allow our JA Solar 3.85Kw system to run at 100% efficiency to power the whole house and have some left over to sell back to the grid (assumed used with battery storage).

Can You Make Money from Solar Panels?

You can make money from solar panels using the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG). SEG has been put in place to allow homes to sell excess electricity back to the grid. To do so you need battery storage which will save surplus electricity and feed it directly from your meter.

Most larger energy firms will have a tariff that you can use for this electricity, much in the same way as you would buy it. This will range, but a good tariff is around 4p to 6p per kWh. However, it’s possible to get up to 15p/kWH, so take the time to shop around for the best price.

SEG is one of the key ways that homes can offset energy prices and vastly reduce the break-even timeframe for your installation.

Solar PV Pros & Cons

Solar power is one of the most eco-friendly ways to power your home. In the section below we’ve included a series of pros and cons that you need to consider before installation.

Pro's

Con's

Our Process: Solar Panel Installation

At EcoFuture we start with a consultation to see what you want to get from your solar panel installation. We can then advise on the best products to use to meet those demands before agreeing on a timeline of work. If you have a budget in mind, please let us know from the start so we can work toward this.

Once agreed upon, the installation process will include the following steps:

We erect scaffolding around the house to ensure that our team has access to the roof. For ground installations, this is not needed.

Solar panel mounts are then installed onto the roof. The mounts are adjustable and give us around 18 degrees of movement to ensure that the panels are at the best possible angle based on the pitch of your roof.

The panels are fixed to the mounts and attached using high-quality masonry fixings.

We now begin the wiring process. The housing supply will be shut off for this step as we hook the panels up using MC4 connectors.

Once the panels are wired, we install the solar inverter. We work with our clients to choose a suitable spot for this which can be installed outdoors, but ideally indoors in a cool place.

If you choose to have battery storage, then the inverter will be connected to this. If you decide against this, then we will link this to the main consumer unit. The consumer unit will have a generation meter that will allow you to see how much energy your panels create and how much you are using. This can be linked to a computer or mobile app.

Upon completion we perform a series of final tests to make sure everything is working as it should. The project is only signed off when the customer is happy and up to speed with how the new system works.

EcoFuture are solar PV installers covering the entire North East & Northumberland including:

Why Choose EcoFuture For Your Solar PV Install?

MCS

MCS certified

The leading accreditation for renewable energy supplies. Ensures that our practices are in-line with the latest technology, design, and installation regulations.

HEIS

HIES Accredited Installer

HIES are independent consumer group that covers installations across the renewable energy sector. Ensures reliability, trustworthiness, and peace of mind to consumers.

Trustmark

Trustmark

Trustmark is a government-led accreditation that vets companies to ensure that not only are they trading to the highest possible standards, but also ensure care and reliability when working within people’s homes.

Heat Geek

Heat Geek Installer

We’re a proud Heat Geek Installer. To achieve this, we’ve undertaken multiple Heat Geek tests to ensure the quality and design of our systems are up to scratch.

Get an online solar quote in minutes

With only a few simple details about your lifestyle and dwelling we can create a bespoke solar panel installation which will help you save money on your electricity bills and run a greener home.

Any questions just give us a call on 01914903308 and our team will be happy to help. Alternatively use the button below to start your online quote.

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FAQ

Are solar panels available in the North East & Northumberland?

Yes, solar panels are highly accessible throughout the North East and Northumberland. We provide bespoke packages that work to maximise efficiency, offset rising energy costs, and work within our clients’ budgets.

Do you install solar panels near me?

At EcoFuture we are based in Newcastle, but we cover solar panel installations across the North East of England and beyond. We work with residential and commercial properties and are happy to provide a quote to fit most budgets.

Do you install commercial solar panels?

Yes, we provide commercial solar panel installation as well as residential. Due to the often-increased size of roofs or the surrounding areas, commercial properties are generally able to cater to larger systems that can offset all electricity costs as a result.

Is there enough sun in the North East & Northumberland for solar to work?

Yes, the efficiency of how much power you can generate will depend on the area allocated for the panels and the orientation. Solar panels work with any light source, so even on cloudy days, energy can still be created, albeit less efficiently than on sunny days.

Do your solar panel installs come with a warranty?

Yes, at EcoFuture we offer a 10-year warranty on all solar products and devices that we stock. We work with leading manufacturers such as GivEnergy and JA Solar to ensure that our products and installs are the best in the business.