Run by the sun
Run by the sun

Think Solar Energy For Your Dream Home

Friday 24 July 2015


Many of us have aspirations of building our dream home. If you've ever watched Grand Designs, it's easy to appreciate the completed home for its aesthetic but also appreciate the pain, struggle and the sheer amount of planning required for a new home project. A typical Grand Design episode consists of Kevin McCloud ambling around scaffolding and bits of timber in a very remote location. This can often mean access to power and energy is limiting which is where solar energy can come in.

Off-Grid PV Solar System that still generates an income from the FIT scheme

Run By The Sun has just been commissioned for such a project, installing a 5kW off-grid solar system for a new build home in a remote part of Leicestershire. Part of the reason we won this project was down to the solar energy installation we completed for Burton Sailing Club. The nearest power supply is roughly two miles away and the cost to get an electricity cable to the home could potentially be in the region of £50,000.

Run By The Sun are installing a PV solar system for just over £10,000 which will power all their typical electric appliances with heating to be powered by gas. Although the system will not be connected to the grid, it is still generating our clients an income from the Feed In Tariff (FIT) scheme. 

How is this possible? Because this project involves reducing CO2 emissions, it is right in line with government's 2020 carbon emissions targets. Although it's not possible for this solar project to receive the full FIT scheme rate, our system will generate an income of roughly £100 per year based on a 6.16 p/kWh rate. Such a project has to have the correct EPC certificate and meet certain standards to qualify.

The solar panels come with a 25 year warranty, however like most electronics, the only parts which would become tired are the batteries. Following this time period, the solar panels should still be working at anything between 80-90% if not more. We're also fitting this PV solar system with a generator for moments when extra power could be required.

If you have ambitions to build your dream home, why not talk to us about solar energy integration?