The development of the renewable energy sector has resulted in greater availability of power sources such as solar panels. You can now get solar panels installed across the UK, including in Bristol. Solar panels convert light into electricity, which you can then use to power your home.

Not sure where to start? At Otovo we match you with one of our solar panel installers in Bristol. All our installers are vetted thoroughly, so you’ll know you’re in safe hands. In Bristol, you’ll get the most kilowatt hours (kWh) generated between April and August, but you’ll see the benefits all year round, as solar panels can work even on cloudy days. With a fix-angle PV system, you’ll be able to generate approximately 4,100.14 kWh per year in Bristol.

Energy output to be expected throughout the year.
chart for monthly energy output from fix-angle pv systems

Enter your postcode in the box below and we’ll give you a tailored quote, so you can see how much it could cost to install panels at your property — and how much energy you could generate there.

The benefits of investing in solar

  • Lower energy bills. We all need to use electricity, but it can be stressful when bills are in the back of your mind. With solar panels, your reliance on the prices of the national grid is reduced, so you can find peace of mind knowing you’ll pay less.
  • A long-lasting investment. With regular cleaning and maintenance, modern solar panels can last for over 30 years. Make sure they’re clear of debris and get the inverter checked by a professional.
  • Greener energy. Solar panels use a natural source of energy, reducing your reliance on fossil fuels and therefore the harm done to the environment.

How much does it cost for solar panels to be installed?

The cost of solar panels varies on a number of factors. Our expert installers will be able to explain the best setup for your property that suits your needs and budget. However, it’s useful to know some approximate figures, so here are some average costs for solar panels in Bristol.

Number of standard panels 5 10 15
Kilowatts peak (kWp) 2.1 4.2 6.2
Annual kWh production 2,000 4,000 6,000
Price without battery £4,131 £5,838 £7,967
Price with battery - £9,937 £11,938

While the initial cost may be an investment, you’ll start to get a return on your investment after around seven years, based on averages for solar panels in Bristol. This payback is a result of benefiting from reduced bills and the ability to sell excess energy back to the grid. A 3.9kWp system without a battery could save you between £23,000 and £31,000 over a 30-year period.

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Solar panel installation in Bristol

With experience of over 15,000 installations across Europe, you’ll be in good hands with Otovo and our trusted local specialists. Our installation package was created to make the process as smooth as possible, and includes:

  • Free quotes
  • Installation of high-quality solar panels by accredited experts from your area
  • Access to the Otovo app so you can see how your panels are performing

We take care of all the formalities, so your solar energy system is ready to use as soon as it’s been installed.

Areas covered

  • Bedminster
  • Bishopston
  • Brislington
  • Clifton
  • Easton
  • Hengrove
  • Henleaze
  • Hillfields
  • Kingsdown
  • Knowle
  • Moorfields
  • Redland
  • St Jude’s

Solar panel FAQs

How long does it take to install solar panels?

Solar panel installation is relatively quick, taking between one and two days. Your chosen installer will attach the panels to your roof, then the electrician will connect everything and start the system. We’ll let you know a specific timeline once you’ve worked with us to choose your setup.

Do I need planning permission to have solar panels installed?

Most properties in Bristol won’t need to apply for planning permission, as they are considered a permitted development. However, you may need planning permission if you live in a listed building or in a conservation area. Contact your local council for the most up-to-date information.

Do solar panels work when it’s cloudy?

Yes. Solar panels use direct and indirect sunlight because both types carry photons. Photons are particles of solar energy and they are what the photovoltaic cells (PV cells) in the panels convert into electricity. So as long as there’s some light, the solar panels will generate electricity. However, it’s true that your solar generation will decrease on cloudy days.

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