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    Heard this company on the local radio today: www.ecovisionsystems.co.uk

    They were advertising the fact they can give you free electrisity. Free Solar panels, fitting and servicing?

    Can you see anything wrong with it as it seems like a good deal and ideal way to save some money.

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    You may be required to pay for shared parts of the system (typically the pump)
    The provider then receives ALL payments from the Feed In Tarriff for 25 years, hence how it is free

    Providers claim it can cost up to £15K to install such a system, hence why they are after the Feed In Tarriff payments you would otherwise receive
    Therefore, get a quote for a fully provided system and compare
    If you plan to own the house in the long-term, you will benefit by paying for the whole job yourself

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    Not looked at it in any detail, but anything that says its FREE usually isnt, and anyone that states you must get legal advice before agreeing to their terms and conditions, usually means its a trap.



    proceed with caution....

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    although not cheap to install, you are better off paying for it... that way the feed in tarrif is yours to keep... i recon you will be looking at around 10k for an install price to an average 4 bed house.

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    Looked into Feed in Tariffs on the internet....

    If I remember right..it requires about 6 sq Metres of solar panels for 1Kw of generated electricity & about 15 sq Metres for 2.5 Kws....& I imagine inverter equipment to convert to AC....to payback about £1000.00 pa...& about 15 years to cover the original cost....

    Roof might need reinforcing - I imagine they are HEAVY...

    Best position is a south - facing roof as I understand.

    Roof Pitch is also important...angle of the suns rays etc....@ right angles for maximum generation.....

    Output varies with the weather & time of day...& deteriorates over time....

    My thoughts are about the same for Wind Turbines...Another flavour of the month.....

    Cheers

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    Have a look on moneysavingexpert that guy Martin did a big write up. Basically if they fit it for free you will get your electric for nothing but make no money on the electric it develops and maybe responsible for any furture maintenance costs. Plus will they pay for any damage to your roof if it occurred, do you have to have an insurance policy to cover the panels as you do not own them.

    All I would say is read it then read their T&C again and then talk to them

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    One of the lads at work gt an offer off these, asicaly they said his rof was the wrong way for the free panels but they could fit them for £12 k ..........................

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    Lets hope they weren't going to charge 12k & then take the FIT

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    Most of them are genuine. They fit and maintain them, you get the electricity, and any excess goes to the National Grid, and the grossly distorted Feed in Tariff means they get paid over the odds for it.
    You need a minimum area of South facing roof.

    Phil

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    Just remember you get some free electricity but not a huge amount and how much do you use during the day?

    Also will your roof last 25 years without major works?

    And if you really are staying in the same house for 25 years then look for a "Green Loan" which will become more easily available for this type of works.

    Apparently PV panels are a positive selling feature for houses, but if there is a leasing arrangement in place it may not be so attractive.

    At the moment I am getting info on a system for my firms offices and am getting quotes from 70-100£K

    Also there are dodgy panels about that dont work which you only find out about when you remember you never get any money back!

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