Archive for January, 2011

Jan 28

PV FIT are pleased to announce that we have gained CHAS accreditation which externally validates our Health & Safety policies and practices.

The Association of London Government Health and Safety Forum licensed Merton Council as the CHAS administrator and promoter. CHAS is designed to show a suppliers compliance with minimum Health & Safety standards desired for work for public and private sector groups, which helps to reduce duplication of H&S competence assessments as compliance is recognised by all CHAS buyers.

David Houston, Managing Director PV FIT Ltd says, “As Microgeneration certification Scheme approved installers of solar PV equipment, PV FIT are committed to safety throughout our organisation and in all part of the services we deliver. Gaining CHAS accreditation, in addition to our MCS approved solar installer status, demonstrates to our customers that we work to stringent safety standards, whether working at customers homes, businesses or on construction sites”.

PV FIT offer a FREE solar survey service for their Feed-in Tariff (FIT) eligible solar energy equipment. A survey usually takes 20 minutes over the phone and we will send you a fixed price quotation for supply and installation of a PV system on same day. A average customer can expect to earn £1000+ per year tax free, which is Government backed for 25 years.

If you would like to learn more about MCS, CHAS or get a solar quotation please call us on 0844 567 9032 or fill in our contact form today.

Jan 20

According to a report published by Ofgem on 17th January 2011, the average household supplied by the “big six” energy suppliers consumes 3,300 kWh of electricity and 16,500 kWh for gas.

Ofgem also explain how these costs are made up and to what level, for example “wholesale energy, supply costs and profit margin” account for 63% of electricity bills with the rest made up of distribution/transmission charges, 5% VAT, environmental costs and meter provision – read the full Ofgem report.

In money terms this means the average gas bill for a standard direct debit account is £608. For electricity it is £424, making a combined energy bill of £1032 per year.

One way to reduce your reliance on energy bought from the grid is to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system onto your home or business. “The main incentive for going solar is the introduction of Feed-in Tariffs (FITs), where you are paid an above market rate for the energy that your PV system generates” says David Houston, Managing Director of Chester based MCS solar installers PV FIT Ltd. “A typical PV FIT householder can benefit from a tax free income in excess of £1000+ per year, which will rise with inflation and is Government guaranteed for 25 years”.

An average solar pv system consists of 16 panels with a peak output of 2.96kWp. Here’s how installing solar panels can reduce your energy costs:
  • A 2.96kW pv system installed on a South facing unshaded pitched roof at 30 degrees
  • It will deliver approx. 2162 kWh per year (according to SAP 2009)
  • You will qualify for the top rate of fit at 41.3p/kWh = 2162 x 41.3 = £892.90 FIT income
  • You will use on average 50%, in this case 1081 kWh, of the solar energy you generate in your home. This will save you paying for electricity from the grid, which if you currently pay 14p/kWh will save you £151.34
  • You then sell the surplus energy back to your energy supplier who will pay you 3p/kWh, generating an additional income of £32.43
  • Combined annual income and savings amount to £1076.67, equivalent to 96% of the average household energy bill.

The whole solar installation will cost £11,299 (incl VAT), meaning you can see your money back in *10.5 years, and an additional 14.5 years of profit!

Getting a quote from PV FIT couldn’t be easier…

1. Call us or fill in our solar survey form

2. We will complete a 20 minute survey over the phone to determine if your installation is feasible

3. We email you a fixed price comprehensive quotation open for 30 days, detailing the equipment we will supply, how long it will take to install, and an estimate of how much you will earn through the FIT

4. You read through the information and then contact us with any queries. If you are happy with our price and rest of the information provided you place your order

5. We arrange for an engineer to visit you to check over survey and agree an installation date; as well as agreeing with you where you would like cables will run and equipment is to be located. They then return on the agreed date to complete your installation, after which we complete required forms and liaise with your energy supplier to enable you to claim your FIT.

It couldn’t be simpler! Contact us PV FIT today for your free solar survey.

*Note: The above example is designed to demonstrate basic return as does not take into account inflation, time value of money or savings on tax versus other forms of investment. Performance estimates are calculated using the Governments Standard assessment procedure (SAP) and are for use as guidance only, as it is impossible for us to guarantee the performance of your system due to changes in the weather from year to year.

Jan 11

The BBC reported today that E.ON were the 5th of the big 6 energy suppliers to raise their gas and electricity costs this Winter.

E.ON say they had “no option” other than increasing their rates for gas by 3% and electricity by 9%, due to the rising wholesale cost of energy.

A typical dual fuel customer will see their annual bill increase by £62 following the price rises, according to calculations by price comparison website

“As an energy consumer myself I am not surprised by this latest announcement regarding fuel price increases. Coupled with spending cuts and wage freezes, these fuel price rises are putting even more strain on household and business purse strings, and it is only likely to get worse in the future” says David Houston, Managing Director of Chester based solar energy installers PV FIT Ltd.

One way that energy consumers can protect themselves against escalating costs in by investing in a solar photovoltaic system. Thanks to the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme, launched in April 2010, consumers now get paid an above market rate the the renewable electricity that they generate.

A 4kW system on a South facing roof can offer income and savings of £1600+ per year, which can be more if your property is in South. For householders, this offers a tax free income, which is linked to inflation and guaranteed by the Government for 25 years, equivalent to 10-12% annual return on your capital investment.

A PV FIT system usually takes 1-2 days to install, and consists of:

  • 10-20 solar panels mounted on your roof
  • a solar inverter located in your loft
  • and a cable which drops down to your consumer unit (fuse box) which is connected to your mains supply – enabling you to sell any excess energy back to the grid

You can also keep track of your PV FIT systems performance through your own web page which records how much power you have generated, and more importantly how much you have earned!

PV Fit Ltd are a nationwide MCS approved installers so call or now on 0844 567 9032 for your free 20 minute solar survey, or pop your details in our solar survey form and we will get in touch.

Source: Read the full BBC article

Jan 07

Get more kWp for your money!

Our supplier Caymax CEEG are launching a 200Wp monocrystalline panel in mid Jan 2011 – we are offering all our customers a free upgrade to the corresponding number of panels on their quote if not already installed i.e. If you have a quote for a 20 panel 3.9kWp system we will supply and install a 4kWp system at no extra charge!

Not only will you benefit from Caymax’s most efficient panel, but the cost benefits of your PV FIT system will improve too!

The offer is limited to orders placed by end of Jan 2011 with installation taking place in Q1 of 2011.

We are pleased to extend this offer to anyone who hasn’t yet had a quotation, so call us now for your free 20 minute solar survey >>

Jan 06

The Prime Minister delivered a speech in Manchester today unveiling the Government’s plans to help drive growth and create jobs across the country.

He said:

“Getting behind tourism, green energy, pharmaceuticals, advanced manufacturing, aerospace, the industries of the future – all this is crucial.

“But it would be a big mistake if we stopped at those big ticket industries. Because if you look at where growth has come from in recent years, you see that it’s the small, innovative companies that hold a lot of the potential.”

PV FIT Ltd Managing Director, David Houston, welcomed this news by saying “as a small business we welcomed the introduction of the very attractive Feed-in Tariffs in April ’10 as it gave a stable platform to innovate and grow. Since FIT’s were introduced there has been a lot of speculation on the coalitions commitment to the previous Governments renewables policy. This fresh statement of intent to help develop green energy is very encouraging”.

David went on to say “our long term strategy is to become a major player in the renewables sector, creating local jobs in Chester, as well as expanding our nationwide installer network. I’ll look forward to learning how the coalition are going to support us in achieving this goal over the coming months, and years”.

Read the full speech


Jan 04

The increase in the amount of energy generated from renewable sources in the UK over the next decade will surpass that of every other EU Member State, according to Chris Huhne. The energy and climate change secretary conceded the UK’s poor standing in EU’s renewable energy rankings, and said the UK has “a massive catch up” to do.

According to the latest official figures, in 2008 the UK ranked third from bottom on renewable energy in the EU ahead of only Luxembourg and Malta.

“We are exceeded in our paucity of delivery only by Malta and Luxembourg. This is the legacy we have inherited. The essential legacy is pretty damn poor. We have got massive catch up. We will be the fastest improving country on renewables in the EU between now and 2020. I’m absolutely determined about that and it will happen.”

The UK has been sluggish in getting its renewable industry off the ground, but investment has started to pick up dramatically in the last few years, particularly in offshore wind farms.

A recent report carried out by Bloomberg Energy Finance for Pew Charitable Trusts forecast that, based on current policies, $114bn (£73bn) would be invested in renewable energy in Britain between 2010 and 2020, the fourth highest amount in the world. Germany will spend more, but its rate of investment will fall, according to the report. Huhne’s comments will reassure environmentalists that David Cameron’s post-election pledge to be the “greenest government ever” remains a priority.

Source: This article first appeared at the Guardian. See the full article in BusinessGreen