Advice on common works to a home

Solar panels

Solar Panels
Domestic Solar Panels

You should consider the following factors when deciding if you want to install solar panels on your property:

  • Do you live in a conservation area or in a listed building? You might need planning permission to install solar panels. 
  • What direction does the roof slope face? South-facing roof slopes offer the best opportunity to benefit from solar energy, but east and west-facing roof slopes can also generate a good amount of electricity for your home. It is not advised to install panels on a north-facing roof due to the lack of sunlight.
  • Is there anything which might block the access of light to the roof slope, for example, a large tree or a nearby building? This could limit the amount of energy that can be generated by the panels.
  • What is the pitch of the roof? The ideal roof pitch angle is between 30 to 40°. If you want to install panels to a flat roof, you might require planning permission.
  • What is the roof material? Solar panels cannot be installed on a glass roof, but most other materials are appropriate.

View the relevant legislation about whether planning permission is required for domestic solar panels.