We always aim to make the process of working with us as easy and straightforward as possible. At the same time, we like to keep you informed of what’s happening at every stage. We could talk about solar PV all day, so if there’s anything else you like to know, just ask.
Preparing your quote
After we receive your enquiry, we’ll use Google Earth images of your house to estimate the orientation, angle and size of your roof. Based on those calculations we’ll put together a quote containing at least two different panel layouts and the associated costs and payback.
Ticking the boxes
Planning permission is rarely an issue for new installations. But if this is something we need to address, we’ll let you know and seek out the necessary permissions on your behalf or we can support you in doing so. As a guide, we’ll need to submit planning applications if:
- You live in national park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- You live in a listed building, or within the grounds (or ‘curtilage’) of a listed building
- You live in a new development where the local authority has removed some of your permitted development rights
- Your system will be mounted on the ground or a flat roof
Planning regulations can change from time to time, but you can be sure our specialist planning team is always up to date with any changes.
Carrying out the site survey
The next step is for one of our specialist surveyors to visit your property and carry out a site survey to check the exact measurements. We’ll make sure your roof is structurally sound and the electrics are fit for purpose. Then we’ll refine your chosen design and, when you’re happy, arrange a date for your install.
While we are at your property we will also conduct a basic EPC survey to assess the energy rating of your home. We will then be able to give you an indication of whether you will meet the minimum requirement (Band D) to benefit from the full Feed-in Tariff (FIT) rate. Don’t worry if you unsure about the energy rating of your home, the majority of our customers meet the minimum requirement with no upgrades or changes to their property.
Meeting the team
We’ll usually send a team of four to fit each home system – a project manager, two roofers and an electrician. We match skills within each team carefully to make sure we cover all necessary areas of expertise. Your project manager will be responsible for making sure your project is completed on time and to our high standards. They’ll also explain the system to you, assist you in your FIT application paperwork and answer any questions you have.
Installing your system
Most installs can be completed within one day, but some will run into two – for example, it takes more time to install on more complex roofs and larger systems. We can usually tell which projects are likely to take longer than a day, so we’ll be sure to let you plan for this well in advance.
Passing building regulations
EvoEnergy are registered with the NICEIC – an independent regulatory body for electrical contracting in the UK. This allows us to self-certify that our electrical and building work complies with building regulations, with no need to submit a building notice, or pay for a local authority inspection. We can verify that our work meets all relevant building regulations, including Part A: Structural safety, Part B: Fire safety, Part C: Site preparation and damp proofing and Part P: Electrical safety.
Registering for the feed-in tariff (FIT)
We’ll make sure your systems eligible for FIT payments and help you with all the necessary paperwork you need to send to your electricity supplier. The tariff’s not as straightforward as it could be, but we’re here to explain exactly how it works and how you can make the most of it.