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Frequently asked questions

There’s no straightforward way to predict how much money a solar panel system will save since there is no typical household and some solar panel systems are more efficient than others. Energy prices can fluctuate and additional factors, such as location, weather, how much you are at home during the day, can all have an effect on bills savings.

Nonetheless, we can try and give you an indication of how much you could save with a solar panel system in the UK, based on figures from the Energy Saving Trust. 

Example annual saving/income with vs without the Smart Export Guarantee in London.


With SEG

Without SEG

Home all day



Home in mornings



Home in afternoons



Out all day until 4pm



Out all day until 6pm



Source: Energy Saving Trust based on April 2023 fuel price figures. Savings will vary according to the UK location.

Ultimately, your saving will be determined by a number of factors including:

As a solar PV system will be at peak production during daylight hours, you will make the most of it if you are able to use the electricity produced by running your appliance during this time. This is easy if you are home during the day or if you are able to set timers to run appliances such as your washing machine or dishwasher during the day. If you are someone in your household who works at home during the day, then this could mean that solar panels could be a good investment for you.

It is also possible to combine your solar system with other renewable technologies such as heat pumps or solar hot water systems. These allow you to power a heat pump or the immersion heater in your hot water tanks, as a means of making great use of your excess solar energy.

The cost of solar panels has fallen considerably, making it a realistic option for many households. While there are some funding grants available for solar installation, making an investment in solar PV can prove to be a wise move for both the environment and your pocket. 


The cost of a solar PV system depends on a number of factors including the size of the system, the type of solar panels installed, additional features of the system, plus any factors affecting the installation cost. In the UK, the average solar panel system is 3.5kW in size and is likely to cost between £5,000 and £7,000.


Solar panel systems vary in size and the larger the system you require, the more it will cost. A very small, 1kWp system could cost as little as £1,650, whereas a larger 6kW system will usually cost in excess of £10,500. 

You need to bear in mind that any quote you receive for a solar installation will usually be part of a complete package, so will include additional requirements aside from the solar panels, such as the solar inverter, solar battery (if required) and the cost of installation. This will mean that there are no hidden surprises when it comes to your solar installation.

As well as saving you money, solar panels also help you to reduce your carbon footprint and make your household much more eco-friendly as they don’t produce emissions while generating energy. A typical 3.5kW system is expected to reduce your carbon footprint by almost a tonne of CO2 pollution every year.

There will be times when the electricity produced by your solar system is more than you are able to use or store. In these circumstances, the surplus can be exported to the grid, and you can receive a payment for every unit of electricity you export.


Previously, households were able to receive payments under the Feed-in Tariff, but this closed to new applicants in 2019 and was effectively replaced by the Smart Export Guarantee. The SEG is a government-backed initiative that requires some electricity suppliers to pay small-scale generators such as domestic households for energy exported into the National Grid. The savings from your solar set-up will be much greater with the SEG than without it.

Solar panels have improved considerably in recent years and the longevity now means that you could realistically expect to get at least 25 years or even more from your solar panels, as long as they are well maintained. In fact, more modern solar panels could potentially last up to 40 years.


The part of your solar system that could need replacing more frequently is the inverter. Most inverters tend to have warranties of a five-year minimum but could last for up to 10-12 years.

While it is possible to create your own solar PV system, we don’t really recommend it. If you’re going to invest in solar, you want to make sure that it is installed properly so that you get the maximum return from your investment. Trusted solar installers know exactly what they are doing and will provide you with that peace of mind for a very little extra cost.

If you do go down the road of installing your own solar set-up, you are required to have your system certified by a professional in order to qualify for the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) so that you can benefit from payments for any excess electricity that you generate and send back to the grid for use by another household. 

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