A step-by-step guide to installing solar panels

solar panels installed on bungalow roof
Installing solar panels can be a great investment for those conscious of their environmental impact (Image credit: Getty Images)

Installing solar panels is a great idea to increase your home's capacity for renewable energy, and possibly save money on your energy bills. While existing homes may need to be assessed to see if a solar panel installation is a worthwhile endeavour (based on size and orientation of the roof), new builds can be designed with this renewable tech in mind. 

There has been much debate in recent years about whether solar panels are actually worth the initial investment, but we're seeing an increase in interest as a result of energy bills rising. 

David Hilton

David is a renewables and ventilation installer, with over 35 years experience, and is a long-standing contributor to Homebuilding and Renovating magazine. He is a member of the Gas Safe Register, has a Masters degree in Sustainable Architecture, and is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics, heat recovery ventilation, renewables, and also conventional heating systems. He is also a speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. 

Passionate about healthy, efficient homes, he is director of Heat and Energy Ltd. He works with architects, builders, self builders and renovators, and designs and project manages the installation of ventilation and heating systems to achieve the most energy efficient and cost effective outcome for every home.

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