Harnessing solar power in Suffolk

Solar panels are an increasingly popular option for homeowners in the UK. Whilst this might be surprising, due to the notoriously overcast climate, this renewable energy technology doesn’t actually need full sunshine to work. In fact, very high temperatures can sometimes reduce the efficiency of solar panels, as can heavy snow, meaning that the generally moderate temperatures in Suffolk and the rest of the UK are perfect for a solar array. Homeowners can see the benefits of their investment all year-round, rather than just for a few specific months.

Not only do solar panels allow you to generate your own electricity, thus making you less reliant on the fluctuating prices of the national grid, but they are also an eco-friendly option. Even if you opt for a green energy tariff, there’s no way of controlling what energy comes into your home – it will be a mix of renewable and fossil fuel power. By choosing solar panels, you’ll ensure that your home is powered by renewable energy as much as possible.

At Otovo, we offer a personalised solar panel installation, to allow you to get the best energy output at your property, which is around 4,098 kWh per year on average in Suffolk. We’ll advise you on the location and orientation of your panels, as well as the elevation, and provide a range of panel options to allow you to choose a setup that is right for your home and your budget.

Monthly energy output from solar panels in Suffolk

Simply enter your postcode below to get started. We’ll provide you with a rough cost estimate, as well as information about how much money you can save by installing solar panels in Suffolk.

The benefits of investing in solar

  • Take control of your spending. By generating your own source of electricity, you can reduce the amount of energy you need to purchase. Even if you’re not at home during weekdays to use your solar power, any excess can be sold back to the grid, thanks to the Smart Export Guarantee, or stored in a battery for later use. This means no energy gets wasted – you’re either using it, or earning money from it.
  • Better for the planet. Solar power is clean, green energy, allowing you to power your home without relying on polluting fossil fuels. By switching to renewables, you can help fight climate change from your own home.

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

We offer a range of options for your solar panel installation, to allow you to choose the setup that best suits your budget and space requirements. If you’re not sure what is right for you, our friendly team will be happy to help you choose – we want you to be happy with your decision. To help, we’ve listed some key information below about solar panels in Suffolk.

Number of standard panels 5 10 15
Kilowatts peak (kWp) 1.9 kWp 4 kWp 5.9 kWp
Annual kWh production 2,100 kWh 4,300 kWh 6,400 kWh
Price without battery £3, 547 £5,034 £6, 388
Price with battery - £7,774 £9, 244

On average, having a 4 kWp panel setup (without a battery) will cost £5,034 in Suffolk, but you can expect to see a return on your investment around the 5-year mark. With savings of around £940 per year, you’ll appreciate the reduction on your bills as well as your carbon footprint. And, with the current state of energy prices, you’ll feel glad about the consistency having solar panels offers your home.

Solar panel installation in Suffolk

Otovo is a market leader in residential solar energy systems, having installed over 15,000 systems in 13 countries. We’re passionate about connecting people with renewable, affordable energy. That’s why we verify our local installers, to make sure that you receive an excellent experience from start to finish.

With this in mind, our installation package has been designed to make the process as stress-free as possible, with no hidden costs. When you get a quote with Otovo, you can expect:

  • A 5-year warranty on your solar panels
  • Customer support pre and post installation
  • Access to the Otovo app, where you can track the installation and see your energy statistics

We take care of the hard work for you, finding competitive prices and advising you on the best solar setup for your needs, guiding you through the whole process.

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Areas covered

  • Bury St Edmunds
  • Southwold
  • Sudbury
  • Aldeburgh
  • Woodbridge
  • Framlingham
  • Lavenham
  • Beccles
  • Ipswich
  • And more

Solar panel FAQs

How long do solar panels last for?

Modern solar panels are designed with longevity in mind, with many models lasting around 30 years with very little input from you. If you live in a particularly dusty or polluted area, you may need to get your solar panels cleaned a few times a year, but otherwise they should continue to work. It’s normal to notice that your solar panels produce less energy as they age, but the average degradation rate is only around 0.2%-0.5% per year. In fact, over a 25 year period, solar panels in Suffolk (without a battery) offer an average return of £23,500, so they’re well worth the investment.

Do I need a south-facing property to make solar panels worth it?

South-facing properties are the ideal option for solar panels, but other orientations still get enough sun to make an installation worth it – even with cooler north-facing properties. Our experts will assess the best location for your panels, and calculate the ideal elevation so that you get maximum output. You’ll be able to see how much energy we expect panels to generate on average for your area at the quote stage, but we’ll be able to provide you with more detail when you speak to us directly.

Do I need planning permission to install solar panels in Suffolk?

Most properties in Suffolk won’t need planning permission for solar panels, as they’re considered a permitted development. The exception to this will be if you live in a conservation area, or in a listed building. If this is the case, contact your local planning department for advice.

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