Solar Collectors

There are three primary types of solar collector:

  • Crystalline Panels
    Most solar collectors in use in the UK are crystalline panels; these are usually around 1.6m x 1.0m each, are comprised of a number of crystalline cells and are typically fitted on top of an existing roof using a rail system. Flush fitting is possible, by removing existing tiles/slates although this does cost more due to the extra time taken to create the opening and to then make it water-tight once the panels are in place.
  • Solar Tiles
    Solar tiles are a very neat solution in new-build properties or if you are having an existing roof replaced. They use crystalline cells but do cost more to achieve the same output as panels but the benefit is the fact they blend much more sympathetically into the roof. They may be the only option if there is a building restriction on your property.
  • Thin-film
    Thin-film solar panels are flexible sheets which can be applied directly onto a smooth roof, integrated into the roof or mounted on a rail support system. Their advantages over traditional crystalline panels is that they are very low in weight, are not subject to wind lifting when fitted directly to a roof and they perform better in low-light situations, although not as well as crystalline systems in brighter conditions. They are an ideal option on commercial premises with large roofs.

Whatever type of solar collector is most appropriate, they each come in a range of sizes and electrical output. The basic rule of thumb is that the higher the efficiency and output of the collectors, the more they cost for each unit of electricity produced. If you have a large roof area, you could opt for cheaper lower-output collectors to reduce the cost. If space is at a premium you may need to use fewer, higher-output units.

Areas in Which We Operate

We are able to offer our full range of solar pv products and service throughout Lincolnshire and beyond. If you're unsure wether we operate in your area please contact us.