Harnessing solar power in Sheffield

Solar panels are an increasingly popular way for homeowners to enjoy economical environmentally-friendly electricity for decades. Not only does solar power give you the opportunity to cut the cost of electricity (and even sell what you don’t use back to the grid), you’ll be part of efforts to help advance the shift to renewable energy.

Solar power is a clean, renewable resource that can be used to generate electricity without damaging the environment. Solar panels capture the sun's energy and convert it into electricity, which is then used to power your home, with maximum kilowatt hours (kWh) achieved between April and August in Sheffield. On average, the annual production of a 10-panel set up will produce 4,056 kWh of electricity.

monthly energy output from fix-angle PV system

To maximise the amount of solar power you capture and store, as well as achieve the greatest savings, Otovo will assess the potential of your home and guide you towards your ideal solar energy and storage solution. Simply enter your postcode below and we’ll provide you with a quote for how much it will cost to install solar panels in Sheffield and your estimated savings.

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The benefits of investing in solar

  • As a renewable energy source, solar power is much better for the environment. Solar power is an excellent choice for those who want to reduce their impact on the environment because it’s less harmful than non-renewables. This is not only because it doesn’t produce greenhouse gases or other pollutants, but also because it can be used over and over again.
  • Solar power can cut the cost of electricity. By generating your own electricity, you’ll be using less power from the grid and paying much less for your bills as a result. What’s more, any electricity you don’t use, you can sell to the national grid too, thanks to The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG).
  • You’ll be futureproofing the price of your bills too. With solar panels, you can take control of your energy spending and reap the rewards of generating your own renewable electricity. This means you won’t be exposed to any price changes in the market.

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

The cost of solar panel installation will vary between projects, based on things like the watt peak (Wp) you’d like to achieve, and how many panels are needed. Our experts can help you figure this all out. But, as a general guide, we’ve put together these example costs for Sheffield:

Number of panels 5 10 15
Kilowatts peak (kWp) 2.0 3.9 5.8
Annual kWh production 1800 kWh 3600 kWh 5300 kWh
Price without battery £3,978 £4,820 £6,688
Price with battery - £9,433 £10,737

On average, it’ll cost £4,820 to have 10 solar panels installed (without a battery) in Sheffield. But within 6 years, you will see a return on your investment. And every year, on average, households in Sheffield with these solar panels could save £930. Over a 25-year period, there’s an average saving of £23,250.

What’s more, as the cost of installation steadily falls and the cost of electricity rises, the average payback times will reduce across the country. You can also add a battery to the system to increase the amount of energy produced (average annual savings are then, on average, £1,390), although it will increase your initial installation cost.

At Otovo, all of the installations are turnkey. So the price of includes:

  • All of the materials
  • Installation and labour
  • Registration and legal fees

Solar panel installation in Sheffield

A European market leader in residential solar energy systems, Otovo helps households get affordable, environmentally-friendly electricity. We work with a network of reliable local installers in Sheffield and across the continent. In total, Otovo has completed over 10,000 projects. Wherever we work, we only partner with installation companies certified by organisations that oversee consumer protection in our industry.

There’s no out-of-the-box solution to achieve the ideal orientation of solar panels; instead, we work out how to place the panels in such a way that the sun's rays directly hit the panels the greatest number of hours a day and that the rays fall perpendicularly on them.

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Further benefits of working with Otovo for your solar panel installation in Sheffield include:

  • Fair and competitive prices from across the market. We’re able to compare quotes from all our partners in the area and select the right installer.
  • All the formalities are taken care of. Once installed, you get a solar energy system that’s good to go.
  • Three-year warranties for installations and continuous support to our customers, including advice on how to monitor your solar energy consumption and get the best out of your system.

Areas covered

  • Beighton
  • Birley
  • Pitsmoor
  • Totley
  • Greenhill
  • Neepsend
  • Norton Lees
  • Fulwood
  • And more

Solar panels in Sheffield FAQs

Do I need planning permission for solar panels in Sheffield?

Solar panels are considered a ‘permitted development’, which means you generally don’t need planning permission to have them installed. However, you may need permission if you live in a listed building or in a conservation area. You should always contact your local planning department in Sheffield for more information.

Are any financial incentives available?

There are currently no government incentives for installation. However, until March 2027, there’s no VAT charged on solar panels. This will save the typical household £1,000 on the total installation costs of rooftop solar panels, according to the UK Government. After 2027, the VAT rate will return to 5%.

The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) also allows households to receive payments for any surplus energy they export back to the grid and locally-run incentive programmes do launch from time to time.

Does it need to be sunny for solar panels to work?

Solar panels produce power even when the weather is cloudy. The inclination and orientation of the panels is key for a high production of solar energy, so that’s why we recommend you always work with professionals.

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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