Solar panels

Having solar panels installed on your roof does not necessarily mean that you will have no electricity bills. When your panels are producing electricity, the electricity produced by the panels will always be used first. Any extra electricity needed will be charged as normal from your supplier via your electricity meter.  

If you want to save as much money as possible, take advantage of the free electricity produced by the panels: 

  • Try to use appliances, like washing machines, during daylight when solar panels are producing electricity
  • Only use one major appliance at a time, so that you are taking full advantage of the free electricity

Any electricity that is not used will go back on to the national grid automatically through your electricity meter. 

Solar panels require very little maintenance, from time-to-time contractors or our Repairs team may need to check or service them. Please make sure you do not block access to the inverter and generation meter or tamper with any of the equipment that has been installed. Only a qualified Solar PV trained electrician should work on the equipment installed

If your home is fitted with Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, you will have some electrical control equipment installed in the loft:  

  • Do not interfere with the electrical equipment. 
  • Do not switch off your solar PV panels at either of the isolation switches next to your fuse box or in the loft unless you are instructed to do so, or in an emergency.  
  • It is important that air can move freely around the control equipment. so never store items or boxes near it. 

The panels and control equipment generate high voltage electricity that can be dangerous if interfered with. 

The panels will switch off automatically if there is a power cut or the main electricity supply to the property is switched off. You do not need to turn the isolation switches back on. 

The panels on the roof are fragile and damaged easily. Make sure anyone working on the roof, such as television aerial or satellite dish installers are aware of the risks. Only use registered, qualified installers as you may be liable for any damage they cause to the panels or equipment

Please report any damage to the panels or equipment to Derby Homes as soon as you are aware of it. You can do this on MyAccount.