You may have noticed large grey panels on the top of houses. These are of course Photovoltaic Cells. Apart from the question of supplier and government payment do you need planning permission? The planning portal states :
“Solar equipment mounted on a house or a block of flats or on a building within the curtilage
All the following conditions must be observed:
Equipment on a building should be sited, so far as is practicable, to minimise the effect on the external appearance of the building and the amenity of the area.
When no longer needed equipment should be removed as soon as reasonably practicable.
All the following limits must be met:
Panels should not be installed above the highest part of the roof (excluding the chimney) and should project no more than 200mm from the roof slope or wall surface.
The panels must not be installed on a building that is within the grounds of a listed building or on a site designated as a scheduled monument.
If your property is in a conservation area, or in a World Heritage Site, panels must not be fitted to a wall which fronts a highway.”
For more information and planning advice either visit www.planningportal.gov.uk or come and talk to us.