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See here for answers to the most commonly asked questions about our PV Slate.
Please see also our PV Slate Datasheet or PV Slate Installation Guide to answer many common questions.
Yes, starting 28/08/2018, the PV Slate is eligible for the Feed in Tariff via MCS accreditation. Get in touch to find out your expected yearly income.
The amount of electricity the PV Slate will generate will vary depending on location, roof angle and pitch. We are happy to provide you with expected energy production on request.
Each PV Slate weighs between 3.0-3.9kg depending on model. This means it weighs less than the natural slates it replaces so does not increase loading on the property or require any remedial strengthening, which is good news for listed buildings.
PV slate was specifically designed to help people in all restricted planning areas gain planning permission. Check the details with your local planning authority and we’re happy to assist where we can.
PV Slate can be fitted to pitches typically as low as 22.5 degrees. However, contact us and we will advise on the correct PV Slate product for your roof pitch and location.
PV Slate 600x300 is compatible with natural slates of 600x300x6mm (24”x12”).
PV Slate 500x300 is compatible with natural slates of 500x300x6mm (20”x12”).
PV Slate 500x250 is compatible with natural slates of 500x250x6mm (20”x10”).
All blue-grey ranges including Welsh Cwt y Bugail (Not Heather Blue), Cornish Delabole, Northern Spanish, Canadian and Brazilian blue-greys. The darker blue-grey ranges will take time on the roof to bleach down to match the PV Slates.
You are welcome to visit our South Wales factory by appointment to view colour matches.
Contact us to discuss tile/fibre cement slate compatibility.
Please send your architect’s drawings to us in an email to email@example.com and we’ll be happy to calculate how many PV slates your roof can accommodate. If you don’t have these, please provide your roof dimensions and we’ll produce an estimate.
PV Slate 600x300: 4.2 per m2
PV Slate 500x300: 5.5 per m2
PV Slate 500x250: 5.0 per m2
As natural slates need to surround the PV slates, please contact us for an accurate number of PV slates your roof can accommodate.
As the PV slate resembles the look of whole natural slates and isn’t able to be cut to fit the roof (or at valleys), there needs to be a full border of natural slates around the edges of the roof as well as around any obstructions like roof lights.
The PV Slate total size and visible size is shown on the technical data sheet (see downloads section).
Under instruction from an MCS registered solar electrician, PV Slate can be installed by your roofing contractor like natural slates. The MCS registered solar electrician will complete the internal works.
Back in February, GB-Sol provided free PV Slate installation training to pupils from a local youth club. This was for a project they'd designed - a digital bench to provide shelter to the homeless and also facilities to charge mobile phones.
Impressed by such an innovative idea, GB-Sol donated the PV Slates as well as a whole kit including batteries, charge controller and made special double USB charger and a 12 volt adaptor, to supply 24 hour power.
This week, GB-Sol had a special visit from pupils at Hawthorn High School. Working with Newydd Housing Association, they are designing a digital bench at a Pontypridd Church. It will provide a sheltered place for the homeless to sleep, and include USB charging facilities powered by solar.
The students brought along their roof frame and GB-Sol’s PV Product Manager, Lloyd Symonds, taught the school pupils how to install the PV Slates. These were fixed to the South elevation with natural slates on the opposite pitch.
A special charging pack was designed including two USB ports and an LED light. This will be connected to a battery to allow use of the electricity outside of daylight hours.
GB-Sol work on all sorts of unique projects, if you’d like our can help with yours, please get in touch.
Thank you for your interest in GB-Sol. Before you contact us you may be able to find the answer to your question here. If you would like any further information about our products, please contact us today.
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