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Posted by Dawlish on July 20, 2011, 12:51 pm

My point exactly. A subsidy-free future beckons as the market takes
over and non-renewable-generated electricity prices go through the
roof, as supply begins to dwindle. It's that which is a majorly
attractive about solar power generation from panels installed on my
house. I've just got to be careful about the maintenance costs - any
ideas on that one Tom, or is down to promises from the installation
company? What kind of guarantees do you have and do you have a
maintenance contract? Are problems also covered under your buildings/
contents insurance?

Posted by Tom P on July 20, 2011, 1:55 pm
On 07/20/2011 02:51 PM, Dawlish wrote:

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Incidentally, there's another reason occurred to me why prices rise -
shareholder return. Since privatization, power companies have to make a
profit, and the shares have to go up in value.

It's that which is a majorly

Good point. I don't know how the situation is in your country but here
it is essential to get the installation done by professionals, or more
exactly, trying to DIY is insane.

The reasons are:
- the power utility will refuse to connect to the grid without the work
being done by a certified electrician.

- DIY work on your building structure, including the roof and wiring,
may invalidate your fire and building insurance.

- a professional installation company is insured against any
consequential damage or loss incurred by their work. In addition their
employees are insured while working on your building. Not many people
realize what it can cost them if they employ someone to work on their
roof, and he falls off, breaks his neck and ends in a wheelchair.

- a professional installation company will guarantee the installation
for x years and guarantee a minimum performance profile for x years.

Wrt insurance, you should inform your building insurance company. Most
will offer extra insurance cover, either as an extension to your
building insurance policy, or you can opt for a separate insurance from
another company. The second was marginally cheaper, but I opted for the
first to avoid any finger pointing problems down the road. The insurance
is around 80 annually and covers things like storm damage and 3rd party

The installation is essentially maintenance free. The company I used as
part of the contract come after the first year to check everything through.

I only had two problems with the project. The first was that the weather
held up the roof installation by nearly two months. The second was to
get the electrical network company to finally issue the payment contract
for the grid feed-in so we could get any money. It took endless phone
calls to find out who was delaying what and why, and to chase people to
send the right bits of paper to the right people.

Posted by Dawlish on July 20, 2011, 3:15 pm
Thanks Tom. though there's nothing there I hadn't considered, I do
like your point about "essentially maintenence free". I hope that
would be the case, but I will research that one further before taking
the plunge! What spinner has posted about the UK is exactly what I
understand as well. Vaughn's point about roof lifetime is important.
Is it possible to dismantle the apparatus, if that became necessary at
some time and rebuild it on a new roof?

Posted by Tom P on July 20, 2011, 4:35 pm
 On 07/20/2011 05:15 PM, Dawlish wrote:

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No reason why not, the panels simply rest on an aluminium frame and are
anchored by bolts and brackets. I would still suggest getting a
specialist to do it for safety reasons.  Of course it doesn't make sense
to install the panels without first overhauling or at least checking the
state of the roof.

Posted by Dawlish on July 20, 2011, 4:39 pm
That's what my man down the road said too *>))

Installation comes as part and parcel of the prices I mentioned

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