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Your questions answered

What happens if I decide to sell my house during the 25 year lease?

What's the catch?

How do I get free electricity?

How much will an Ecovision solar panel save me?

Are there any additional costs with your free solar electricity package?

Will I be able to run all of my electrical appliances?

What will happen to my electricity bills and do I need to notify anyone?

How do I make the most of free electricity?

What if I don’t use all the electricity that my Ecovision solar panel generates?

How can Ecovision afford to install free solar power systems?

Will I own the freely installed solar power system?

If I am eligible after the online process what do I do next?

Do I have to pay anything during the lifetime of the contract?

What is renewable energy?

Is my home suitable for an Ecovision solar panel?

Will my roof take the weight of an Ecovision solar panel?

Is planning permission required for an Ecovision solar panel?

How long do solar power systems take to install?

What happens if I move house?

Can Solar Panels be fitted only on the roof?

What type of solar power systems do Ecovision install?

How do solar power systems work?

Do I need to switch my Ecovision solar panel on and off?

Does an Ecovision solar panel work all year round?

Do Solar Panels work in overcast weather?

What if my solar power system requires maintenance?

What are Ecovision’s credentials?

Is the Ecovision’s lease mortgage friendly?

Free solar energy

Q. What happens if I decide to sell my house during the 25 year lease?

The lease agreement is attached to the title of your property. If you sell your house the lease will automatically pass to the new owners, this would be identified by the potential buyers' solicitors in the normal conveyancing process. The new owners are free to enjoy the benefits of the free PV system.

Q. What's the catch?

There is no catch! Ecovision supplies, installs and maintains (for 25 years) a solar electricity generating system at your home completely free of charge. We can do this for free because we receive payments from the Feed In Tariff, which was set up by the Government in 2010. The payments we receive are for the electricity that is generated by the system on your roof (irrespective of how much of the electricity you use or don’t use).

The only thing you need to do is to sign a 25 year lease, which means that you are renting your roof to us for 25 years-there’s no catch there either and we have produced a plain English version for you too. There aren’t any catches. You rent us your roof for 25 years, we receive the Feed in Tariff payments set up by the Government, we install a £12,000-£15,000 system on your roof and you receive all the electricity that the solar panel system produces for the next 25 years and beyond. And it doesn’t cost you anything!

Q. How do I get free electricity?

Launched in April 2010, the UK Government’s Feed In Tariff scheme allows Ecovision to install and maintain solar power systems free of charge if homes meet certain criteria. During the hours of daylight, the Ecovision solar panel generates free electricity that can be used by your home. Whilst you’re using free electricity, you don’t have to buy electricity from your normal electricity supplier. Learn more about how our system works.

Q. How much will an Ecovision solar panel system save me?

Depending on the location of your home and the way in which you use electrical appliances, Ecovision solar panel systems can save householders up to 50% on their annual electricity bill.

Q. Are there any additional costs with your free solar electricity package?

With Ecovision, free means free. If your home meets the criteria for one of our free solar panel systems, then we will supply and install it free of charge. Furthermore, we will also maintain and insure the system free of charge for 25 years.

Q. Will I be able to run all of my electrical appliances?

Absolutely. There will be no change to your daily life whatsoever. Your electrical appliances will function correctly, and there is no need to purchase any special electrical equipment or lighting. If you use more electricity than your Ecovision solar panels are generating, then the solar power systems automatically draws the additional electricity that you need from your normal energy supplier.

Q. What will happen to my electricity bills and do I need to notify anyone?

The beauty of our system is that you don’t need to do a thing. You will continue to receive bills from your normal electricity supplier because you will still be using their electricity during non-daylight hours and at any point during the day that you use more electricity than the Ecovision solar panel system is generating. The only thing you will notice is smaller electricity bills!

Q. How do I make the most of free electricity?

Try to schedule activities such as running dishwashers, washing machines and dryers whilst your Ecovision solar panel system is generating electricity during the day. You can set timers for these electrical appliances if you are not at home.

Q. What if I don’t use all the electricity that my Ecovision solar panel generates?

Any electricity that our solar panel systems generate that is not used in your home will be safely exported to the national grid so that it doesn’t go to waste.

Q. How can Ecovision afford to install free solar power systems?

In April 2010, the UK Government launched a Feed In Tariff scheme. For homes that meet certain criteria, we are able to install our solar panel systems free of charge. That means you save up to £15,000 on the installation cost, in addition to receiving all the free electricity generated by the Ecovision solar panel system. In return, Ecovision will receive the Feed In Tariff for 25 years, which covers the cost of installation. Learn more about free solar electricity from Ecovision.

Q. Will I own the freely installed solar panel system?

Ecovision receives the Feed In Tariff for 25 years to cover the cost of the solar panel system and its installation. After that 25-year period, you will own your system outright.

Q. If I am eligible after the online process what do I do next?

We will send you a lease, which you must sign and return to us. You will then be called by us to arrange a site survey.

Q. Do I have to pay anything during the lifetime of the contract?

Installation, maintenance, insurance and administration is all carried out free of charge for the lifetime of the contract.

Solar Energy

Q. What is renewable energy?

The planet’s reserves of oil, coal and gas are gradually being depleted to meet our energy demands. Using renewable energy sources such as solar power doesn’t compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own energy needs. Examples of other renewable energy sources include wind, sea waves and currents, hydro power, bio mass and heat from the earth.

Installation

Q. Is my home suitable for an Ecovision solar panel?

For an Ecovision solar panel to work effectively, the ideal roof is south facing (between southeast and southwest) and unshaded, particularly from trees or other buildings. There needs to be approximately 22 to 30 square metres of clear roof space. The roof must also have a 30 to 45 degree angle, which is fairly typical in the UK. The quickest way to determine whether your home is suitable for an Ecovision solar panel is to enter your postcode in the box provided. Simply place the pin on the map to identify your house and we will respond with an initial assessment. Alternatively, you can call us on 0845 003 8001.

Q. Will my roof take the weight of an Ecovision solar panel?

Most roofs are more than able to support an Ecovision solar panel system. However, we will make a thorough assessment of your roof during our survey visit. If we have any concerns, then these will be made clear to you. We never install solar power systems until we are absolutely sure that the installation can be completed safely and to your complete satisfaction.

Q. Is planning permission required for an Ecovision solar panel?

Planning permission is generally not required for an Ecovision solar panel installation, except on listed buildings.

Q. How long do solar panel systems take to install?

Our installers work to the very highest standards of safety and quality when installing solar panel systems. Weather permitting, we can usually complete installations in a single day. The only disruption to your daily life will be a brief period during which we need to turn your electricity off whilst we connect the system.

Q. What happens if I move house?

Solar panel systems can increase the value of your home. Recent surveys show that a growing number of people are interested in buying or renting homes that have renewable energy systems such as a solar panels pre-installed.

Q. Can Solar Panels be fitted only on the roof?

Solar Panels (photovoltaics), have to be placed in a South facing direction in order to benefit from maximum sunlight exposure. We only install on roofs (unfortunately not on flat roofs).

Solar Panel Systems

Q. What type of solar panel systems do Ecovision install?

There are two types of solar panel available. Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels convert the sun’s energy into electricity, whilst solar thermal panels convert the sun’s energy into heat. Ecovision will install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that generate electricity. This electricity can be used in your home to power your electrical appliances.

Q. How do solar panel systems work?

Ecovision solar panels on your roof will convert the sun’s energy into direct current (DC) electricity. This is subsequently converted into alternating current (AC) electricity using an inverter so that it can be used in your home. A meter monitors how much electricity your Ecovision solar panels are generating. Learn more about how our solar power systems work.

Q. Do I need to switch my Ecovision solar panels on and off?

Our solar panel systems are completely automatic. As soon as it is daylight your Ecovision solar panel will be generating free electricity and feeding it directly into your home.

Q. Does an Ecovision solar panel work all year round?

Yes. Your Ecovision solar panels will generate electricity whenever there is daylight. However, the amount of electricity a solar panel generates will depend on the weather and season. The solar panels will generate more electricity on sunny days than on cloudier days. The duration that electricity is generated will be less in winter than in summer because of the shorter days. Homes in the South of the UK usually get more sun than those in the North. In fact, the only situation when an Ecovision solar panel will generate little or no electricity during daylight hours is if it is covered in snow!

Q. What if my solar panel system requires maintenance?

Ecovision’s solar panel systems are reliable and hard-wearing. In the unlikely event that maintenance is required, then homeowners with our free solar electricity package will receive it free of charge for 25 years. Furthermore, our solar panel systems feature an automatic alert that notifies us of any maintenance issues immediately. If this happens, then we will contact you and arrange a convenient time for our engineer to visit. Ecovision even insures the system for 25 years. Learn more about free solar electricity from Ecovision.

Q. Do solar panels work in overcast weather?

Yes they do, but the efficiency will be slightly lower.

 

About Ecovision

Q. What are Ecovision’s credentials?

Ecovision has extensive experience in the installation and maintenance of solar panel systems. We have been successfully installing renewable energy solutions since 2005. Furthermore, both Ecovision and our installation company are Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) approved. This is an independent scheme that certifies products and installers of small scale energy producing equipment. Learn more about Ecovision, our track record and our team. You can also read more about the MCS scheme.

The Ecovision Lease

Q. Is Ecovision’s lease mortgage friendly?

The Ecovision Free Solar PV lease complies with guidelines defined by the Council of Mortgage Lenders. As part of your application process we will always request consent from your mortgage lender before we install your panels.

The following list of mortgage providers have consented to our lease and the installation of solar panels on our customers properties.

Accord Mortgages Limited
Alliance & Leicester
Aviva
Aviva Equity Release UK Limited
Bank of Scotland
Bank of Scotland (Halifax Division)
Bank of Scotland Plc
Barclayloan
Barclays Bank Plc
Barclays Bank Plc (Standard Life)
Birmingham Midshires
Derbyshire Building Society
First Active
First Direct
FirstPlus Financial Group Plc
HFC Bank
HFC Bank Limited
ING Direct N.V.
Ipswich Building Society
Just Retirement Limited
Legal Services Commission
Lloyds TSB Bank Plc
Market Harborough Building Society
Mortgage Agency Services Number Five Limited
Mortgages 1 Limited
National Westminster Home Loans Limited
Nationwide Building Society
NatWest
Nemo Personal Finance
Newbury Building Society
Northern Rock Plc
Norton Home Loans Limited
Norwich and Peterborough Building Society
Picture Home Loans
Platform Funding Limited
RBS Mortgage Centre
Redstone Mortgages Limited
Santander UK Plc
Scottish Widows Bank Plc
Svenska Handelsbanken
The Mortgage Business Plc
The One Account
Woolwich
Yorkshire Bank Home Loans
Yorkshire Building Society

At any time after installation you have the option to purchase the system which is installed at your property. The details of the system purchase price are contained within your lease document.

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