You might have noticed that more roofs than ever have solar panels set up on them. Solar energy has become more available in recent years and therefore much more popular, with homeowners all over the UK — including in Newcastle — keen to use a more environmentally friendly form of power and save money in the long term.

Solar panels work by converting the energy from sunlight into electricity, which can then be used to power your home.

You may be wondering how to go about getting solar panels installed by someone reliable. At Otovo, we make this as easy as possible by matching you with a vetted expert installer in your local area. They’ll find a way to make the most of your budget and maximise sunlight.

In Newcastle, you’ll get the most kilowatt hours (kWh) generated between April and September, 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 4,557.35 kWh per year in Newcastle.

Graph showing the monthly output for solar panels in Newcastle

Wondering about the cost? Simply enter your postcode in the box below and we’ll provide you with a tailored quote. This will help you see how much installation might cost, as well as the amount of energy you could generate where you live.

The benefits of investing in solar

  • Reduce your energy bills. Use the electricity converted by your solar panels instead of paying for a traditional tariff.
  • Make a solid long-term investment. Solar panels can last over 30 years if cleaned and maintained regularly, so you’ll be able to enjoy reduced energy costs and get a return on your investment.
  • Take a significant step towards a greener way of life. Many of us want to play our part in protecting the planet but aren’t sure how we can help. Installing solar panels makes a big difference.

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

Prices vary from project to project. Our experts can provide you with tailored advice so you can find the perfect setup for your specific needs and budget. However, we know it’s helpful to have a rough idea of what to expect, so we’ve put together some average costs for solar panels in Newcastle:

Number of standard panels 5 10 15
Kilowatts peak (kWp) 2.0 3.9 5.9
Annual kWh production 1,800 3,700 5,600
Price without battery £4,131 £5,838 £7,967
Price with battery - £9,978 £13,656

Solar panels are an investment, but they will save you money in the long term – by reducing your monthly bills, and giving you the option to sell excess energy to the grid. A 3.9kWp system without a battery could save you between £22,000 and £30,000 over a 30-year period. You’ll start to get a return on your investment after around seven years, based on averages for solar panels in Newcastle.

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Solar panel installation in Newcastle

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:

  • Installation of high-quality solar panels by accredited experts from your area
  • Customer support before, during and after the installation
  • A five-year warranty, higher than the industry standard of 1-2 years

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

Areas covered

  • Byker
  • Cowgate
  • Fenham
  • Gateshead
  • Gosforth
  • Hazlerigg
  • High Heaton
  • Kenton
  • Lemington
  • Longbenton
  • Walkergate
  • Wallsend
  • Westerhope
  • Woolsington

Solar panel FAQs

How does my energy supplier know how much excess electricity I’m producing?

Most energy suppliers will ask that you have a smart meter installed, which sends readings every half an hour to keep an accurate record of your energy usage. The meter can also help you see when your solar panels generate the most electricity, so you can use your devices accordingly.

How do solar panels work?

Solar panels use photovoltaic cells to absorb the photons (particles of energy) from sunlight, then convert it into electricity. This is direct current (DC) electricity. Since most homes use alternating current (AC) electricity, solar panels use an inverter to change it so it can be used.

How many solar panels do I need?

The number of panels needed will be different for each home, and will also depend on whether you choose standard panels, premium panels, or performance+ panels, and whether or not you add a battery to your setup. We’ll work with you to create an installation customised to your property so you can maximise the energy you get from your solar panels in Newcastle.

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