Solar panels for sheds and other garden buildings, are they worth it?

blue shed home office with solar panels and gravel garden
(Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

Solar panels for sheds are a greener way to provide power to an outbuilding, without the often costly and disruptive process of channelling cables under the ground. Alternatively, they can potentially provide a home with solar generation if the main roof is unsuitable for installation. 

Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels have been on the radar since the Feed in Tariff was introduced in 2010, and are again becoming popular as electricity prices surge. 

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.

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