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Free Solar Panels for first 100,000 applicants

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6y, 3m agoFound 6 years, 3 months ago
As the story goes, the UK government is helping to subsidize the installation of solar panels on homes around the country, and HomeSun is hoping to make a name for itself by providing a bit of encouragement for those on the fence. Reportedly, the outfit will be providing and installing 2.5 kWh to 4 kWh systems -- which typically range between £11,000 and £15,000 -- for precisely nothing on abodes with "optimally sited and sized roofs." Post-install, HomeSun will receive government funds over 25 years, and at any point, customers can buy the system off on a straightline depreciation basis and start receiving the feed-in tariff themselves. Better still, those who don't meet the "free" qualifications can still get in on the goodness for a one-time fee of £500 and a £5/month maintenance charge. We'd suggest you apply quick, though -- the company will only be installing 100,000 systems over the next three years.
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#1
not in the north west they arent, already applied.
#2
is your house suitable...

http://www.homesun.com/is-my-home-suitable/

make sure you read all the T &Cs..its being mentioned on tonights gadget show, but that in itself is NOT a recommendation...
#3
But dont forget, in the winter months and months of no sun (which is 9 months of the year), you have to get your electricity from the grid at an extra charge! Also, power that isnt used in the summer months goes back into the grid ! So who wins there then?? If its anything to do with the government, there is bound to be a catch as they always get something out of it.

Edited By: aliandk on Aug 09, 2010 10:42: add comment
#4
aliandk
you have to get your electricity from the grid at an extra charge!


you dont pay a higher tariff from your energy provider just because you have solar panels!
#5
torby
is your house suitable...

http://www.homesun.com/is-my-home-suitable/


make sure you read all the T &Cs..its being mentioned on tonights gadget show, but that in itself is NOT a recommendation...

The Gadget Show is a dressed-up and biased advertising scam. Don't believe anything they say.
#6
There may also be a problem if you sell your house as the new owners will have to agree to take on the contract, if not you may be liable for all costs of removing the system + lost revenue to the supplier.
#7
just seen other posts on FB and they don't appear to want to do installations in the North....probably because they're based in the south and the costs would be significantly higher to install and maintain systems 400 miles away from their base....so expect installations ONLY in the south east....
#9
I don't see why this is a cold deal?
In the summer you use the solar energy and can use normal gas and electric in winter.
#10
Seems like a great offer, but consdier this;

- You will be stuck with these on your roof for 25 years.
- The national grid will pay the supplier 40p / kw.
- The government will pay the supplier £800 / annum.
- Within the next 20years, there will probably be ways and means of storing excess power rather than feeding it back into the grid, and units that generate more power than the current units effectively meaning 100% free electricity.
- Solar power units will become more affordable due to mass production over the next 5 - 10 years.

IMHO, if you dont have a spare £15k, then hold out for cheaper units. If you do have a spare £15k, then buy your own and they will probably pay for themselves over the next 10 years thanks to the government grants and electricity provided back to the grid.
#11
kronas
aliandk
you have to get your electricity from the grid at an extra charge!


you dont pay a higher tariff from your energy provider just because you have solar panels!


Did you see the unit price? 41.3p per kW (this is 6x as much I now pay). Energy exported to the national grid = 3p. Who receives the difference of 38.3p per kw exported?

This sounds like a right ripp-off scheme for the uneducated. My advise is don't get involved with these greedy people (and that they are featured in the Gadget Show just prooves my point).

Remember Warmfront? Another Government Scheme where vast amounts of public money went into private pockets through grants for completely over-priced shoddy heating installations.

Edited By: pet2000 on Aug 09, 2010 11:04: added
#12
When you put electricity back into the grid you get paid for it...

aliandk
But dont forget, in the winter months and months of no sun (which is 9 months of the year), you have to get your electricity from the grid at an extra charge! Also, power that isnt used in the summer months goes back into the grid ! So who wins there then?? If its anything to do with the government, there is bound to be a catch as they always get something out of it.
#13
Well heat added, its always worth a go, remember you dont have to say yes !!!
#14
If you fit these and pay for them yourself, wouldn't you receive the £800 per annum that the government will be paying this supplier.

Also, I think these hot water systems can be supplied and fitted for between £3000 - £5000.

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Edited By: Shambolic on Aug 09, 2010 11:22: link
#15
pet2000
kronas
aliandk
you have to get your electricity from the grid at an extra charge!


you dont pay a higher tariff from your energy provider just because you have solar panels!


Did you see the unit price? 41.3p per kW (this is 6x as much I now pay). Energy exported to the national grid = 3p. Who receives the difference of 38.3p per kw exported?

This sounds like a right ripp-off scheme for the uneducated. My advise is don't get involved with these greedy people (and that they are featured in the Gadget Show just prooves my point).

Remember Warmfront? Another Government Scheme where vast amounts of public money went into private pockets through grants for completely over-priced shoddy heating installations.


true but if you cannot afford to install your own or its not economical for you to do it yourself then you can benefit from the free energy plus any export!
#16
pet2000
The Gadget Show is a dressed-up and biased advertising scam. Don't believe anything they say.


What a sweeping statement! Can you back this up with anything other than you own opinion?
#17
Below extract from the Centre for alternative technology:
''A family installs a solar PV array with a maximum output of 2.5 kW on their existing unshaded south-facing roof. The system cost £14,500 - this includes a 25 year warranty extension for the inverter unit (inverters are unlikely to last 25 years without replacement or repairs). The roof produces around 2,000 kWh of electricity per year. They use 50% of the electricity directly at the time when it is produced and sell the other 50% on to the grid. They can expect to receive:
Total electricity produced: 2,000 kWh x 41.3p/kWh generation tariff: £826
Electricity sold to the grid: 1,000 kWh x 3p/kWh export tariff: £30
Electricity used directly: 1,000 kWh x 12p/kWh electricity savings: £120
Total annual income: £976
''On the other hand, it is worth putting the environmental benefits of PV in context: a 2.5 kW PV roof costing around £15,000 will reduce your carbon footprint by around one tonne per year. Energy efficiency measures (e.g. insulation, replacing old boilers) can often achieve comparable results for less money - with better financial and energy payback times''
So with this deal you may get annually £30 for export tariff and save £120 a year in bills, the installation company gets £826
But on the plus side your house looks fab with 20 square meters of panels on the roof !
banned#18
anyone know the minimum size of panels required to qualify as I have roof space facing in all 4 main directions?
#20
Why dont they know from your post code from the start that "They're not in your area" until you've completed the form GGRRRRR
#21
So how much have I got to pay? My house is elligble, but it says free, but then it says no upfront costs, so there is going to be a cost?
#22
csiman
anyone know the minimum size of panels required to qualify as I have roof space facing in all 4 main directions?


States on the link given by the OP that 20m2 is required.. 20m2
#23
Wow, thought it was a good deal myself. Why so cold?
#24
I thought its a good deal too, although they don't do up here (NW as someone already stated). Have some heat to balance it out a bit :).
#25
Not in Yorkshire either!
#26
I called and they are calling me back as I am in cardiff and they said thats the area they cover
banned#27
Shambolic
csiman
anyone know the minimum size of panels required to qualify as I have roof space facing in all 4 main directions?


States on the link given by the OP that 20m2 is required.. 20m2

blimey, that is huge! people going for this should seriously talk to their estate agents about possible house devaluation
#28
Were is your stats that these de-value houses, from what I heard solar power raises value.

If I was buying another house that had solar panels I would say thats a bonus wouldnt you?
#29
Why not just live in a windmill?
#30
canada16
Were is your stats that these de-value houses, from what I heard solar power raises value. If I was buying another house that had solar panels I would say thats a bonus wouldnt you?

Looking around the internet it increases value.

Come to think of it why wouldn't free energy do that?

Honestly never thought the deal would get this cold, each to their own though. I've signed up!
#31
People here will vote cold because they dont own their own houses.
I think this is a hot deal.
the company wants to make some money so its giving free solar panels.
I think thats quite fair tbh although they're not operating in my area at the moment.

cold voters, explain why..

Edited By: yeahbutitsnotfree on Aug 09, 2010 18:20: h
#32
"Be wary of solar for free offers, householders told"

Guardian Article here
#33
yeahbutitsnotfree
People here will vote cold because they dont own their own houses.
I think this is a hot deal.
the company wants to make some money so its giving free solar panels.
I think thats quite fair tbh although they're not operating in my area at the moment.

cold voters, explain why..


Where did that statement come from? :|

Possibly cold as you can have a similar system fitted for between £3,000 - £5,000, then get the £800 a year (for the next 25years = £20,000) from the government for yourself, I'd imagine. ;)

quote from link below.. "Costs for a typical solar water heating system range from £3,000 to £5,000".

energy saving trust


Edited By: Shambolic on Aug 09, 2010 19:48: ;)

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