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General Solar PV Questions

Got a question about solar PV in general? With over 20 years experience, we're sure to have the answer.

Q. What is the best system size to fit?
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It really depends on the roof area available and the household's power need. Most domestic PV systems are between 2-4kWp. 4kWp is the largest possible without requiring consent from your electricity distributor.

Q. What maintenance does a solar PV system require?
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Provided the panels are at an angle greater than 15 degrees, they are self cleaning and require no additional maintenance other than a standard annual electrical check.

Q. What’s your manufacturing lead time?
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Our lead times can vary greatly depending on our current order book. For a domestic system, it’s usually between 4 and 8 weeks. We can give you an estimated lead time on request though this will be subject to change until we receive your order.

Q. Does my roof need to face South?
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No, although a South facing roof will generate the most energy, East and West facing roofs can also be suitable for solar. In fact as they often generate more in the morning and evening, they can work out more cost effective if your home is empty during the day.

Q. Do I need permission from the electricity distributor?
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For a system under 4kWp you do not need permission to install, but if connecting to the grid, they should be informed of the installation and commissioning

Helping Team Rubicon UK to make a difference

As a long-standing and award-winning British design and manufacturing company, GB-Sol are adept at applying our extensive experience of research and development to the most challenging projects. Such an opportunity arose in 2017 in a collaboration with Leading Edge to provide off-grid remote power in the British Virgin Islands for support disaster relief charity Team Rubicon UK.

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New solar panels for a solar farm

GB-Sol have just supplied their first replacement panels for a solar farm.

As technology for solar PV has changed rapidly over the last 10 years, sometimes when a module needs replacing, the manufacturer no longer makes that particular model.

Feed In Tariff rules mean that you are at risk of having your tariff revoked if you do not replace broken panels on a like for like basis. This can lead to difficulties when sourcing a replacement.

GB-Sol can cost-effectively create replacement panels with similar look and output to your originals, with mono or poly crystalline cells, 35mm or 40mm silver or black frame, white or black background to any specified dimensions.

 

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