Harnessing solar power in Kent

Solar panels are an increasingly popular way to generate electricity, thanks to their environmental credentials. They offer the ability to cut the costs of household bills, and a chance to enjoy economical electricity for decades. And by buying and installing solar panels in Kent, you can help drive the change to renewable energy.

Solar panels are a clean, efficient way to harness the power of the sun and turn it into usable electricity. To get the most out of solar panels, you can take advantage of Kent’s geographic location and climate – with maximum kilowatt hours (kWh) achieved between April and August. With Otovo, every solar panel set-up is tailor-made for your roof so you will get solar power all-year around, with an average annual production of 4,271 kWh for Kent. Working with a network of reliable local installers, we position solar panels so that they make maximum use of sunlight, and you enjoy maximum reductions in your bills.

monthly energy output from fix-angle PV system

Simply enter your postcode and we’ll provide you with a quote, including roughly how much it will cost to install solar panels in Kent and your estimated savings. Our recommendations take into account the optimal energy production and savings potential for your exact location.

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The benefits of investing in solar

  • Solar panels will help you save money on electricity bills. You can generate your own energy independently, meaning you can slash your electricity costs. And any electricity you don’t use, you can sell to the national grid or store using a battery.
  • It will futureproof your spending. Not only will you start to save money on your monthly bills, you’ll protect yourself against any changes in prices. In other words, the more energy-independent you are, the less you’re at the mercy of the market.
  • Solar energy helps the environment. Solar panels produce electricity without impacting the environment. They don’t create pollution or rely on fossil fuels.

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

The cost of a solar panel installation varies depending on a few factors, namely how many panels are needed and the desired watt peak (Wp). If you don't know how many panels a home like yours would need, don't worry, our experts will advise you. To help, we’ve put together average costs for solar panels in Kent:

Number of panels 5 10 15
Kilowatts peak (kWp) 2.0 3.9 5.9
Annual kWh production 2000 kWh 3900 kWh 5900 kWh
Price without battery £3,978 £5,616 £7,699
Price with battery - £10,565 £13,526

On average, it will cost around £5,600 to get 10 solar panels installed in Kent (without a battery) and 6 years to see a return on your investment. Every year, on average, households in Kent could save £980 with this set-up and, over a 25-year period, there’s an average saving of over £24,500. With a battery, the average annual savings of solar panels in Kent is £1,460.

To achieve these savings, there’s no ‘standard’ Otovo installation. We use our technology to assess the potential of your home and guide you towards your ideal solar energy and storage solution. We find a deal that’s right for you, comparing quotes from our local partners and selecting the installer who quoted the most competitive price.

Solar panel installation in Kent

Otovo is a European market leader in residential solar energy systems, having sold and installed over 10,000 systems in numerous countries in Europe. We help households get affordable, environmentally-friendly electricity by working with a network of reliable installers across the country. All our work is certified by organisations that oversee consumer protection in our industry.

We’re here to make your solar journey smooth by being a solar panels installation company you can trust. We offer:

  • Accredited solar panel installers who have been carefully selected, complying with Otovo's quality and safety criteria.
  • A 5-year warranty for installations with continued support to our customers.
  • A smooth process before, during and after installation with complete visibility for you to track progress on your Otovo dashboard.

Once your solar panels are installed, you can take control of your energy spending and start to reap the benefits of generating your own renewable electricity.

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Areas covered

  • Maidstone
  • Dover
  • Canterbury
  • Tonbridge
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Gravesend
  • Chatham
  • Sevenoaks
  • Ramsgate
  • Whitstable
  • And more

Solar panel in Kent FAQs

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

Generally, solar panel installations don’t need planning permission. They are considered a ‘permitted development’. However, you may need permission if you live in a listed building or in a conservation area. Contact your local planning department for more information.

How long does installation take?

Most household installations can be completed within a day or two, but some larger jobs will take a little longer. Once we know the size of the system you need, we’ll be able to advise how long it will take.

Are any financial incentives available?

Until March 2027, there’s no VAT charged on solar panels (after this, it’ll return to 5%). The UK Government believes this will save the typical household £1,000 on the total installation costs of rooftop solar panels. The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) also allows households to receive payments for any surplus energy they export back to the grid.
Solar Together Kent was a previously available solar panel and battery storage group-purchase scheme. It reached capacity in March 2022, but you can complete a form to hear about future local schemes.

To calculate the ROI and discover annual profitability, we look at the following factors: installed power, total budget (including VAT), assembly budget, annual network consumption prior to the photovoltaic installation, annual production, percentage of self-consumption of the PV installation, system performance coefficient, percentage of energy poured into the network, average price per kWh, and price / kWh surplus compensation.

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