S & D Electrical Services

Solar Installation

Solar Panel Installer In Chichester

As a company, we also provide Solar PV Services from West Sussex, to Cornwall, East Sussex and Surrey, from installations to maintenance.

We were one of the first companies to be qualified in Solar PV on the South Coast.

The benefits of have Solar PV are:-

  • Can typically provide 60% of annual electricity requirement
  • Protects against fuel inflation
  • Save around £400 a year
  • The Smart Export Guarantee Scheme provides payment for electricity exported back to the grid
  • Low maintenance technology

If you are having a Solar PV system installed we recommend a Battery storage system to optimise your generation of electricity.

With home batteries, you can store your excess solar energy to use when the sun goes down – or in a power cut. With smart tariffs, you can save even more by buying cheap off-peak electricity and selling when demand is high.

Solar iBoost – what does it do?

Solar panels generate the most energy during the day, while most households tend to use most of their electricity in the evening. If there is insufficient load in the house, excess generation from the array will be exported to the grid. This is where an add on like a solar PV or immersion optimiser, such as the iBoost, comes in.

The iBoost monitors electricity export using a sensor attached between your main meter and consumer unit. If the sensor detects that the property is exporting electricity, the device diverts the excess power to the immersion heater in the hot water tank. This reduces the fuel required by the boiler, thereby cutting fuel costs.

Contact us for a free no-obligation quote.

How much does solar cost?

Solar panels usually cost around £1,400-1,750 per kWp installed, depending on roof access costs, roof covering and pitch. A standard domestic 4kWp system will cost around £6,000 inc VAT.

As 4kWp typically saves around £400 per year on energy bills, the payback time is around 15 years. The panels will last 25 years or so (with one inverter replacement). The % return over 25 years is usually in the order of 9% (IRR%). This is non-taxable, so compares very favourably to any other investment, especially one that depends only on the sun coming out.

Why choose S & D Electrical?

We’re MCS approved solar PV installers – a specialist company that has installed over 1,000 solar systems.

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) protects consumers by setting high standards for registered manufacturers and solar PV installers. Only MCS approved systems are eligible for export tariffs. S & D are inspected every year to ensure that we continue to exceed the required standards.
We are passionate about solar technology and all of our systems utilise best-in-class technology, customised to meet your requirements.

We don’t employ pushy salesmen – just technical people, passionate about renewable energy – who will provide you with a solar PV installation combining technical excellence and value for money. With PV systems typically lasting 25 years or more, we are here to support you and your system over the long term.

All projects are managed in house and installed by our solar panel

What is a Solar PV export tariff?

When your solar panels generate electricity, this has to be used on site at that moment or sent to the grid – unless your system is off-grid or you have battery storage to retain power on site for later use. But what happens to the excess electricity you send to the grid? That’s where an export tariff comes in – it’s the rate at which you’re reimbursed for every unit of generated electricity you sell to the National Grid.

What is the Smart Export Guarantee?

The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) has now been in effect for over a year, since it came into law on January 1st 2020. It’s the mechanism to ensure solar PV owners are paid for the power they send to the grid, ending the policy void that existed since the Feed-in Tariff closed to new applicants in March 2019.

According to the SEG, energy suppliers with over 150,000 customers must offer an export tariff with a rate greater than zero. The SEG is available for customers with an MCS-certified renewable energy system under 5MW and a second generation smart meter.

With zero as the minimum, at the very least you can’t be charged for being relieved of excess solar power. However, suppliers don’t have to give you very much for it. So how much are they offering in practice?

SEG tariffs on offer

SupplierTariffRate paid per kWh
OctopusTesla Energy Plan11p
Tesla Energy Plan (for Tesla car owners)8p
Social EnergySEG Tariff5.6p
OctopusOutgoing Fixed5.5p
Outgoing AgileVariable tracking day-ahead wholesale price
E.ONFix & Export Exclusive5.5p
Fix & Export3p
BulbExport Payments5.38p
OVOOVO SEG Tariff4p
ScottishPowerSmart Export Variable Tariff4p
SSESmart Export Tariff3.5p
Shell EnergySEG Tariff3.5p
British GasExport & Earn Flex3.2p
Utility WarehouseUW Smart Export Guarantee2p
EDFExport+Earn1.5p

Feed In Tariff

Please be aware that the FIT scheme closed to new applicants from 1 April 2019.