AS more and more homeowners learn about the benefits of solar power, U Energy Group of East Street, Lindley, is fitting solar panels to both domestic and commercial properties across Yorkshire.

Simon Wibberley, U Energy Operations Manager says: “In Europe Solar PV (photovoltaics) systems are commonplace. Everywhere you go in Germany, even France, you will see solar panels.

“The UK has some way to go to reduce its carbon footprint but Solar PV installations are now more and more frequent as this ever-growing green industry continues its fast pace.’’

U Energy is investing heavily in solar PV but also has plans in place to expand further in renewables.

“Renewable energy is something that all of us need to take a serious look at. We’re all experiencing the effects of ever increasing gas and electricity prices and it’s time to look at the alternatives”.

Earn money from your electricity

Feed-in tariffs were introduced by the Government in April 2010

The aim is to increase the amount of Solar PV and renewable energy sources being put into use.

Under the Government backed Feed-in Tariff, anyone who installs an eligible Solar PV system will receive a guaranteed fixed payment for all the electricity they generate, including what they use, for a period of 25 years.

They will also receive an additional payment for any electricity they don’t use that they feed back into the National Grid.

On top of this, people installing systems will also benefit from reduced electricity bills.

These tariffs are paid through your electricity supplier, and are given either as a direct payment into your bank account or a credit line to/for your energy bills (depending on utility company).

Payments are intended to give a certain percentage return each year based on the initial cost of a system.

Is solar right for you?

Most homes in the UK are suitable for Solar PV installation, as all that is required is an un-shaded roof that is preferably south-facing.

A detailed free of charge site survey is available to all prospective U Energy customers to confirm that your home is suitable for Solar PV panel fitting.

“The roof needs to be structurally sound and the electrics are also inspected to ensure that there will be no issues with the installation of the system. Our surveyors are extremely knowledgeable and are there to answer any additional questions, whether it’s about the installation, the Feed-in Tariff or solar PV in general”, says Simon.Š

What are the benefits of having solar panels fitted to your home?

Having a Solar PV system means you will have a more efficient, sustainable energy source.

Financially you will be better off as you not dependant on using the grid which is prone to price hikes.

Electricity costs are currently rising at seven per cent per year so you can sit back, be self-sufficient and cut your costs while making money on the electricity you generate.

Solar PV systems are extremely reliable and once installed, need little or no further maintenance.

Reduces your home’s carbon emissions.

You could be eligible for free solar power.

Not everyone has the spare funds to have a Solar PV system installed but there is still another way to benefit from solar power.

‘Rent My Roof’ is now being offered by U Energy of Lindley.

However there are certain criteria to meet and not all applicants will be successful.

The scheme allows solar panels to be fitted free on suitable eligible roofs and, even with the UK weather, can save you a third off electric bills.

In return U Energy receives the Feed-in Tariff.

Simon Wibberley of U Energy says: “Free can be very misleading so we opted to call our program ‘Rent My Roof’ because that is essentially what we are doing. We cover the cost of the system, the installation and the maintenance while the homeowner provides the roof space”.

Although the homeowner isn’t entitled to the Feed-in Tariff they will receive electricity free of charge during daylight hours. “

Just call us on 01484 466 244, give us a few details and we'll let you know if your roof is eligible”.

So is your roof suitable for free solar?

Your roof must be:

South facing.


Have 30 square metres of clear space.

The benefits of free solar power are:

No big upfront investment.

Free electricity from the sun during daylight hours.

It has been shown to improve the value of your home.

It will reduce your carbon footprint.