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Commercial Solar Panels

Kents leading commercial solar panels installers. We design and install solar PV for your business so that you can cut your energy costs, avoid inevitable price hikes and increase your eco credentials 

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The #1 Choice for Commercial Solar Panels in Kent

LARGE SCALE COMMERCIAL SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATION

SGS Energy are dedicated to empowering businesses in Kent with sustainable and efficient solar energy solutions. Whether your project is large or small, our expert team is equipped to deliver tailor-made solar installations that perfectly fit your needs and premises.

Large-Scale and Small-Scale Projects:

Our portfolio includes a wide range of projects, from expansive solar farms to compact rooftop installations. No matter the size of your business, we provide scalable solutions that grow with your energy demands.

Specialist and Off-Roof Projects:

We specialise in unique solar installations that go beyond traditional rooftop setups. Whether it’s integrating solar panels into existing structures or designing ground-mounted arrays, our innovative approach ensures that your space is utilised for optimum solar power generation.

The Benefits of Installing Solar Panels for your Business

Unlock the potential of solar energy by choosing SGS Energy for your solar panel installation in Kent. Why rely solely on the National Grid when you can harness the sun's power?

Cut energy costs

Appeal to new clients with greener credentials

Avoid costly price hikes

Reduce your carbon footprint

Take advantage of energy storage to reduce even more reliance on the grid.

Why Choose SGS for your Commerial Solar Panel Installation in Kent

Solar PV could revolutionise your business and when starting that journey, it's crucial to partner with a trusted renewable energy expert.

Our aim is to empower businesses to take control of their energy needs using a broad spectrum of advanced technologies. With deep expertise in commercial green energy, we are well-equipped to recommend the most effective solutions that will make a real difference to your business.

Whether you need robust roof-mounted solar panels or integrated energy battery storage systems, we've got you covered. Our experience spans a diverse range of sectors, having delivered tailored solar PV solutions for farms, factories, and industrial units, as well as bespoke systems for schools and office buildings.

As certified partners with leading manufacturers of solar PV systems, battery storage, and EV chargers, and recognised as trusted installers, you can be confident that your project is in professional hands and your investment is secure and beneficial.

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Our dedicated team of solar panel installers cover the complete Kent Area making it quick and easy for you to start enjoying your solar energy.

A Wider Commercial Solution

As well as the design and installation of commercial solar panels we are leading suppliers of renewable energy solutions designed to further reduce your reliance on the grid.

Commercial Battery Storage

By storing excess power generated during peak sunlight hours, our battery systems ensure you have a reliable energy supply even during low light conditions or peak demand times. Ideal for businesses looking to optimise their solar investments, our battery storage solutions are designed to work seamlessly with your existing solar setup, providing stability and peace of mind.

EV Chargers

Ideal for businesses looking to support eco-friendly initiatives and enhance their green credentials, our solar-powered EV chargers ensure that your operations are both sustainable and cost-effective, maximising the use of renewable energy while supporting the growing shift towards electric vehicles. These stations are designed to harness solar energy directly to power electric vehicles, offering a green alternative to conventional charging methods.

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    I spent many months researching green energy as it was a big move for us as we are elderly but SGS were very considerate with my many questions. I can’t signal any of the staff as they were all very good but special mention of Becky in the office.

    SSG are exceptional, I can't rate them highly enough.  Very pleased with the solar system they installed. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. Excellent service. Thank you.

    Finally we have solar panels producing green energy for us and we are very pleased with the performance. Thank you to all your team SGS ENERGY.

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    Solar Panel FAQ

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    PV stands for Photo (light) Voltaic (Electric). Solar PV panels convert light into electricity. Note the word light, not sunlight. They continue to produce electricity on cloudy days. It’s just that their output will be higher the brighter the light is. This is not new technology – the use of light to produce electricity dates back to the 19th Century. 

    Inverters change the DC current from the panels ot AC current needed for you home and the grid. IT’s essential the correct type of inverter is used and that they’re located in the right place. Many installers always put them in the loft, but this can be detrimental to your system. We are meticulous about inverter choice and placement. 

    Our solar team have absolutely zero financial motivation to push particular products because their salaries are not commission based. We’re committed to remaining 100% impartial and can install any Solar PV products on the market. And frequently do – because every home and every business is different.

    Your inverter monitors grid voltage and ensures that it is putting the power from your inverter into your system at a slightly higher voltage than the grid. Voltage is best thought of as pressure, the force behind the electric. If the inverter produces a higher voltage when you switch an electrical appliance on it will naturally use the power from the panels first.

    A 4kWp system in Kent on an unshaded south-facing roof can generate over 4000 units (kWh) per year. If your roof is East or west-facing you’re still likely to generate 3400 units (kWh) per year. The average household in the UK uses around 3200 units per year, so living in Kent is a definite benefit! Depending on when and how you use your electricity depends on how much impact your PV system will have on your bills. With a bit of information about your electric usage and habits, we can produce incredibly accurate bespoke forecasts thanks to Solar Edge modelling software. 

    We use Solar Edge software to realistically calculate your expected output. Solar Edge accurately takes in to account panel performance, inverter performance, shading, roof pitch, roof orientation and your local weather data to calculate how much electric you will generate. We then include these figures and how much money you are likely to earn, based on your usual usage and the amount that will be returned or Sold to the grid (SEG)

    For more information read our blog: Selling Back Electricity to the grid – How does SEG Work

    You will simply draw from the grid in the normal way. But remember, it doesn’t have to be sunny to generate electricity.

    The excess energy will be sold back to the grid or stored in a battery for you to use as and when required.



    We use the SolarEdge design tool which measures the available Roof area, then work out the number of panels the roof can take.



    Not any more. Since the end of the Feed in Tariff, there has been no need for any property with a PV installation to have an EPC. Solar PV owners can now be paid for their exported electric by their energy supplier without the need for an EPC


    No, leave that to us. We are accredited to notify all their work to Building Control.

    On homes, for standard installations, the brackets used fix to the rafters of your roof which ensures the fabric is free from loadings. However, new developments in solar technology now mean you can build your roof entirely out of solar material or solar tiles that look like part of your roof.

    Commercial roofs vary in construction and there are many different mounting solutions for every different scenario

    For the safety of linesmen who may be repairing the fault, your inverter will need to shut down. There are some battery storage systems that will allow you to have back up power in the event of a power cut. If back up is essential, we’ll be happy to put together options for you.

    Installations generally can take up to two to three days.


    Commercial installations can take longer, depending on the size of the site and the specific requirements of your business.

    FIT (Feed In Tariff) is the government-backed scheme which means your electric supplier (eg EON, N-Power, EDF, Utility Warehouse etc) will pay you for every unit that your system generates, whether you use it or if it goes back in to the grid. The Feed in Tariff scheme ran from April 2010 until March 2019 and was designed to reduce the subsidy in line with the reduced installation costs. Now that Solar PV installation prices are low enough there is no continued need for a subsidy so the Government finished the scheme in March 2019.

    You’ll see savings on bills immediately. Payback of the installation cost depends on many variables including quality of panels and inverters, your local weather conditions, shading, pitch and orientation of your situation. Typically in Kent you can expect to pay off a home system in 8-12 years and a commercial system in 6-8 years. After that, it’s like getting free energy for the lifetime of the system (25-50 years with quality panels).

    There are no government schemes since the Feed in Tariff ended in March 2019. You may see advertisements that claim there is but these are often dressed up loans so please tread carefully. You can be paid for energy that is exported to the grid and from January 2020 all energy suppliers with over 150,000 customers will be obliged to offer such a scheme. You can shop around for the best rates in the same way that you can shop around for the best imported electric deals.

    You would have to check with your landlord. We’ve installed Solar PV for many landlords as they can benefit from the Feed in Tariff, increase in property value and increase in rent.

    There is currently no mounting system to put Solar PV panels on thatched roofs. You may be able to have a ground mounted Solar PV system.

    Installations generally can take up to two to three days. you can read more about this in our Guide to Solar Panels blog


    Commercial installations can take longer, depending on the size of the site and the specific requirements of your business.

    Yes, PV solar panels can be fitted to a roof with a loft conversion and many other types of roofs, even if there is no access to the loft or it is used daily.

    Many customers also install heat pumps. These take the small amount of heat in the air or ground and extract it to help heat homes and provide hot water. They run on electric and save huge amounts on people’s bills. We also install heat pumps and will be happy to provide you with a quote

    No, Solar PV panels work on light and all roofs have light shining on them. Many customers have fitted east/west facing systems and typically generate around 86% of an equivalent south-facing roof.

    The average cost of installing solar panels in the UK can vary based on factors like the size of the system and the quality of the panels. On average, a residential solar panel installation in Kent may cost between £5,000 and £10,000. However, it’s essential to get a quote for your specific needs and we would be happy to arrange this for you. 

    Yes, solar panels are worth it near Kent from a daylight perspective. Kent receives a reasonable amount of sunlight, making it a suitable location for solar panel installations. 

    Check out our blog are solar panels worth it for more insight

    On the contrary, having solar panels on your Kent property can be an attractive feature for potential homebuyers. Solar panels can increase a property’s energy efficiency and reduce energy bills, which can make the house more appealing. However, the impact on the sale of your house may depend on various factors, including the quality and age of the solar panel system, local housing market trends, and the preferences of potential buyers.

     

    There are advances in technology, however these are aimed more at using different materials, e.g. hiding PV technology in glass. These advances do not show any progress in efficiency so are unlikely to become mainstream. The technology we see in today’s Solar PV panels is the same technology that was used to power some satellites in the early 70s. There are some small incremental advances but these are not expected to change dramatically at the moment.

    Shading will reduce the power output of solar panels and any panels directly connected to the shaded panel. Severe shading, like a chimney right in front of panels (known as Hard Shading) can also cause some long term damage. We will be able to advise you of the best place for your panels to be installed.

    I’ve been offered some panels with diodes that stop the effects of shading.

    Almost every panel on the market has diodes these days and they don’t completely stop the effects of shading, however they do help.

    Monocrystalline panels will give more power per square meter. This might not mean that the panel is better than a high quality polycrystalline panel. There are many, many factors that affect the quality of a panel, this is just one of them and efficiency is only a critical factor if you have a limited amount of space.

    Inverters are electric and electronic equipment so they’re best off being kept cooler. We usually recommend installing them in a garage, utility room or some models can be mounted outside. We advise that the loft is a poor place to install the inverter as they get very hot and in particular will get hottest on the day you want your inverter to work its hardest. This will reduce the output from the inverter and age its components quicker. We know that installing in the loft is easier and quicker and that the slightly shorter cable run may also have an impact. However, it’s a poor trade off as the extra loss in longer cables is more than offset by the extra production and life that you’ll get from your inverter. Another advantage of having the inverter where you can see it is that you can check that your system is working properly. Inverters have a display that tells you if everything is running smoothly. If this display is in the loft then you won’t know anything is wrong until you get the Christmas decorations out!

    In most cases, no. Domestic solar panel installations are considered ‘permitted developments’ and don’t require planning permission unless:

    – you live in a listed building

    – your home’s in a conservation area or an area of outstanding natural beauty. (Panels are permitted in a conservation area as long as they’re not installed on a wall or roof that fronts a main highway)

    – the panels protrude more than 200mm from the roof. We always fit within this limit.

    – you are having a ground mounted array.

    If you’re unsure about permitted developments, please visit the Government’s planning portal or book a call back and get free advice from us

    There are advances in technology, however these are aimed more at using different materials, e.g. hiding PV technology in glass. These advances do not show any progress in efficiency so are unlikely to become mainstream. The technology we see in today’s Solar PV panels is the same technology that was used to power some satellites in the early 70s. There are some small incremental advances but these are not expected to change dramatically at the moment.

    Monocrystalline panels will give more power per square meter. This might not mean that the panel is better than a high quality polycrystalline panel. There are many, many factors that affect the quality of a panel, this is just one of them and efficiency is only a critical factor if you have a limited amount of space.

    The UK offers several other incentives that could be relevant, regardless of your specific location within Kent. The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) is a nationwide scheme that compensates small-scale renewable energy generators for the surplus electricity they export back to the grid.

    You can check with your local authority for location based solar panel grants. 

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