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Free solar energy
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Installation, maintenance, insurance and administration is all carried out free of charge for the lifetime of the contract.
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.
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.
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.
Planning permission is generally not required for an Ecovision solar panel installation, except on listed buildings.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Yes they do, but the efficiency will be slightly lower.
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
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 HSBC Bank Plc 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.