One of the first questions potential solar PV owners want to know when they contact our company is: How much does a Solar PV and solar battery storage system cost? We have done our best to give some pricing guidelines below.
The purchase of a solar PV system with battery storage has many variables and the solar battery storage system cost and pricing can vary. It is important therefore to understand what affects the price and what the hidden costs are, so as not to have any regrets further down the line.
Once installed, this system is going to be in your home for a long time and you as a homeowner need to ensure that your choice leads to maximum enjoyment and minimum maintenance.
Unfortunately, some people only focus on the initial price with the sole goal of finding the cheapest contractor. Sacrificing the quality, warranty and not considering the surface the panels are going to be mounted to, will inevitably lead to buyer’s remorse at a later date. Remember – you won’t easily be able to just remove such a system and trade it in for another model at a later date!
Where costs are concerned, there are a few things to consider:
Every solar PV and battery storage system is essentially the same in that they consist of the following elements:
The price of the basic solar PV and battery storage system will be determined by the following:
As an example, we (Ploughcroft) provide a package price for our solar PV and battery storage systems which starts at £7,700. Our starting system consists of 8 x 315KW solar panels, hybrid inverter, and 5KWH battery storage.
Adding a Zappi Electric Vehicle charger to the system could typically add around £1,000 to the installation depending on installation costs and the vicinity of the charger to the battery storage itself.
If you choose to have in-roof panels rather than on-roof you can expect to add roughly 15% to the price but the finished result is much more aesthetically pleasing on the eye!
There are several factors to consider which may affect the basic price point. Largely these costs come down to the installation of the system itself and the access required to install the system.
Our quotations allow for everything needed to install the system including the erecting of scaffolding to allow for the installation of the panels (which is absolutely essential). However additional costs may be incurred above the standard package price for reasons such as the following:
The on-going costs of owning a solar PV and battery storage system should be minimal. There are no moving parts so aren’t prone to breaking down. Providing the system you choose has a decent warranty (look for a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty as a minimum) the system shouldn’t cost you too much in the future.
Nothing is invincible though and accidental damage can be caused by stray golf balls, falling trees or animals who just happen to fancy a chew on the wiring! Of course, no warranty is going to cover these unforeseen events, and should they occur advice from an experienced electrician should be sought.
However, the true on-going costs are UNLIKELY to be due to the Solar PV system itself. It is more likely to come from the cost of any roofing works should you need any after installation is complete. It is therefore vitally important to make sure that your roof is in ‘tip-top’ condition before having any panels installed on it.
Remember your PV system is going to be on that roof for 10-20 years. If your property hasn’t been re-roofed in the past 40 or so years, then this is the time to do it – at the same time as having the solar system installed – and I cannot stress this point enough!
As the main ongoing costs are likely to result from the condition of your roof rather than the actual solar PV system installed on it, it makes complete financial sense to ensure that your roof is going to be maintenance free for the next 10 years or more.
Carrying out roof maintenance under your solar panels ALWAYS requires scaffolding and this can typically cost between £600 and £1500 depending on the size of your property. Add that to the cost of labour to remove your solar panels, materials to carry out any maintenance work, recommissioning of the solar PV system and VAT at 20% . . . we hope you’re sitting down! And that’s every time you have a problem!
If your whole motivation is to conserve energy, then you should be looking to insulate as well as generate! Our Eco Roof™ can help save a small fortune on your energy bills and as scaffolding will already be up, it makes financial sense to consider the whole job as one package.
If the whole reason you are doing this work is as an energy-saving measure, then your new roof will attract a VAT rate of just 5% as opposed to the 20% it will cost you should you leave it and wait until it’s in desperate need of replacement! And when that time comes, there will not only be the cost of roof replacement but the added cost of removing the solar system and reinstating it once the roofing work has been completed.
At Ploughcroft we do not employ ‘Salespeople’. All our surveys are carried out by our Director, Chris Hopkins, who is a qualified roofer and building engineer. As such you can be sure that we will give you the very best advice when you contact us and ask what the solar PV and solar battery storage system cost is.