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    Anybody taken up eon's £99 solar panel offer?

    eonenergy.com/At-…ge/

    One-off payment of £99 seems cheap, depends on how much it will save me I suppose, how long it will take to pay back.

    The rear of our house is south facing, gets loads and loads of sun

    Anybody done it? Opinions?

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    Original Poster

    eonenergy.com/At-…ge/

    Seems as though you pay £99, agree to a 25 year, 3 month lease. You use as much as you want, but any profits from electricity being sold back to the grid goes to another company
    Edited by: "sancho1983" 4th May 2011

    Original Poster

    With this one you make nothing, another company does. You just get savings on your electricity (whatever you use)

    Obviously a downside - you make no money back. Upside is that it's only £99 initially, compared to £15k or so

    From what I understand

    They are making you pay £99 to rent your roof space!

    Eeyore!

    Original Poster

    cannyscot

    They are making you pay £99 to rent your roof space!Eeyore!



    But possibly save £120 per year?

    sancho1983

    But possibly save £120 per year?



    True, but the government is setting up new schemes to support microgeneration.

    Wait and see what they come up with.

    If you do want to go ahead, contact one of the many companies that won't charge you £99.

    Original Poster

    Think it's best to wait.

    They'll be giving them away in a couple of years I suppose

    Banned

    Just signed up for it, cheers OP. Will be a nice saving over the years.

    You ca get this for free, i know because i know of a company that work near me, they basically do the same but you don't pay the £99

    Banned

    yeah, most companies offer this for free

    I'd be VERY weary of this!

    a) Are you then tied in to Eon for 25 years?

    b) Who exactly owns your roof! If you try and sell your home, legally the new owners will NOT be allowed to remove the panels (for 25 years in total). Whilst panels are a good idea, if I was buying a house, I wouldn't like the fact I couldn't do what I wanted with my roof!

    c) The system does not store energy! That means in winter, when you get home from work, they wont work and you wont of course be able to utilise any stored energy from earlier in the day (Eon get all this energy!) Hence, these panels will only save you money when you're in your home on a sunny day using electricity. Not storing your electricity is not a good thing!

    d) They look ugly! Eon aren't using attractive panels - they're a bit of an eyesore and your roof will be covered in them!

    e) If you're not a BIG user of electricity in the home (i.e. a single person or a couple) .... is all the above worth it to save what I estimate to be about £10 a month?

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    chadleychad

    I'd be VERY weary of this!a) Are you then tied in to Eon for 25 years?b) … I'd be VERY weary of this!a) Are you then tied in to Eon for 25 years?b) Who exactly owns your roof! If you try and sell your home, legally the new owners will NOT be allowed to remove the panels (for 25 years in total). Whilst panels are a good idea, if I was buying a house, I wouldn't like the fact I couldn't do what I wanted with my roof!c) The system does not store energy! That means in winter, when you get home from work, they wont work and you wont of course be able to utilise any stored energy from earlier in the day (Eon get all this energy!) Hence, these panels will only save you money when you're in your home on a sunny day using electricity. Not storing your electricity is not a good thing!d) They look ugly! Eon aren't using attractive panels - they're a bit of an eyesore and your roof will be covered in them!e) If you're not a BIG user of electricity in the home (i.e. a single person or a couple) .... is all the above worth it to save what I estimate to be about £10 a month?


    good points well put, especially point a

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    Got a call back they checked out my roof on google earth and said my roof was too small (dorma window), he sounded like a mute anyway couldn't hear what he was saying. But mentioned I wasn't interested after reading that it doesn't store the energy. Pretty useless without it.
    Edited by: "lumoruk" 12th May 2011

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    lumoruk

    Got a call back they checked out my roof on google earth and said my roof … Got a call back they checked out my roof on google earth and said my roof was too small (dorma window), he sounded like a mute anyway couldn't hear what he was saying. But mentioned I wasn't interested after reading that it doesn't store the energy. Pretty useless without it.


    where abouts did you think this energy would be 'stored'? oO

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    csiman

    where abouts did you think this energy would be 'stored'? oO



    Some nice big batteries or or some nice big capacitors in my attic?

    Edited by: "lumoruk" 13th May 2011

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    lumoruk

    Got a call back they checked out my roof on google earth and said my roof … Got a call back they checked out my roof on google earth and said my roof was too small (dorma window).



    Or perhaps they read the misc earlier and didn't want to send anyone around. X)

    none of the solar systems have a battarie/storrage system even if you do get the feed in what happens is you get bills for your usage at night wen dark and they deduct your feed in profit from this and any profit you have after this means you get a fat check i beleave if i hade ten panels id gross £1000 wich for me would be a net of £500 p.a but my usage isnt extreme and most of my apliances are A+
    this dose sound a bum deal with eon thoe especialy if you want to sell house i dont beleave you are tied for long b 4 you can change

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    Any chance you could punctuate that rabble?

    I have solar panels, and yes you can store the energy, but not how you are thinking. I have set my immersion heater to heat my hot water when not at home, this uses the electricity the panels produce during the day. For me this is a double saving as I do not need to use my gas boiler to heat my water - simple:-)

    They're free to have fitted these days and you have an option to buy them if you can afford them at a later date which means you can benefit from the sell back to the grid.
    Got someone coming round to explain it all soon, but I have a friend that has done it and is saving money by heating water during the day, doing washing, tumble drying and dishwasher during the day. With the way energy prices are rising, you can only expect to save more money in the future. Will need to question what happens if we sell the house in a few years though....

    Are there any companies in Scotland that you can get solar panels for free then buy at a later date?

    please can i discuss this subject with some one to explain more about this Solar system
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