Why your roof might not be suitable for solar panels

small red brick house with solar panels on roof
Solar panels can save homeowners money and are carbon-neutral (Image credit: Getty Images)

Interest in solar panels is rising as householders seek out ways to lower their sky-high energy bills and help save the planet.

There are roughly 1.2 million UK homes with solar panel installations, according to the latest data from the renewables industry-led quality assurance scheme MCS, and the number is rising.

Ben Price
Ben Price

Ben Price is a co-founder of Heatable.co.uk, a website that offers solar installation and other home services to customers throughout the country. With his team, Ben has worked to establish Heatable as a trusted and reliable provider of renewable energy solutions, helping homeowners to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on energy costs.

Fred Lowe, director of electrical and mechanical contractors Lowe & Oliver
Fred Lowe

Fred Lowe is a Director of Lowe & Oliver Ltd who celebrate their centenary this year. Established nationwide, Lowe & Oliver provides a comprehensive portfolio of electrical and mechanical services. Fred Lowe heads up the Special Works Department which focuses on a range of carbon reduction & energy saving solutions.

Sam Webb

Sam is based in Coventry and has been a news reporter for nearly 20 years. His work has featured in the Mirror, The Sun, MailOnline, the Independent, and news outlets throughout the world.  As a copywriter, he has written for clients as diverse as Saint-Gobain, Michelin, Halfords Autocentre, Great British Heating, and Irwin Industrial Tools. During the pandemic, he converted a van into a mini-camper and is currently planning to convert his shed into an office and Star Wars shrine.