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1 SOLAR PV SYSTEM INFORMATION PACK

2 Apollo Solar the solar pv professionals If you are considering going green and earning money from solar energy, look no further than Apollo Solar we are fully qualified and accredited suppliers and installers of pv solar panels. Our photovoltaic solar panels usually take a day to install, are silent and require little maintenance. But they will generate electricity and income for a lifetime the first 25 years are fully guaranteed. Why Pv Solar Panels Generate electricity & income get paid 41.3p for every unit produced, whether you use it or not Sell your electricity any surplus electricity is sold back to your energy supplier for additional income Guaranteed payments Government backed, index linked, guaranteed payments for 25 years Cut your bills your solar pv system can cut your bills by up to 50% Increased property values Pv solar panels increase the value and desirability of your home Why Apollo Solar Approved installers we are qualified, approved and accredited installers of solar panels Free survey and quotation our trained and qualified engineers will survey your home for a bespoke quotation Free online quotation simply find your home on the map, drop a pin and complete a simple form and we can give you an accurate quotation Free advice we will help and advise you on how to get the most financial benefit out of your system 1 day installation our trained and qualified team can usually install your solar system in a day 25 year warranty all our solar panels come with a free 25 year performance warranty

3 How solar panels work The technology behind photovoltaic (Pv) solar cells is very sophisticated, but the end result is very simple: converting direct and indirect sunlight into electricity. At the heart of the Pv solar cell is a construction made up of one of the world s most abundant and naturally occurring elements silicon. All materials in the production process and end of use are fully recyclable, making it one of the most environmentally friendly options available. Sharp have been developing the technology of processing silicon into semi conductors, called cells, which generate electricity since the 1950s. About cells, frames and arrays Each individual cell creates a low voltage in reaction to sunlight, and hundreds of cells are connected into modules that make a single solar panel frame. These modules are then connected in series to your solar array which generates the optimal voltage. Converting the array s output into usable energy The electricity generated by your solar panel array is sent to an inverter. We only use the highest quality inverters for your system to gain the highest possible output. The inverter converts the Direct Current (DC) into Alternating Current (AV) which is the required format to power your household appliances or for exporting back to your chosen energy supplier.

4 It s free, it s green it s solar renewable energy These days governments and the general public are concerned about the relationship between mankind s carbon emissions, and its effect on global warming. We all feel obliged to reduce our carbon footprint and the impact that our lifestyles have on this world. One of the major contributors to greenhouse gases is the generation of electricity that we use in our homes. But there is a solution. Through advances in solar pv technology and the UK Government s feed-in tariff, pv solar panels are now a viable source of energy, that will generate CO2 free electricity, slash your bills and earn you a guaranteed income for a minimum of 25 years. Renewable energy from Pv solar Pv solar panels are built to generate enough electricity to power most of your household needs, regardless of dull or cloudy weather. Any excess electricity that you don t need is sold back to your energy supplier for other people to use. This electricity is green, clean and doesn t result in the release any harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) or other pollutants. According to the Energy Saving Trust, a typical home PV system could save around 1200 kg of CO2 per year - which over a lifetime could add up to around 30 tonnes. In terms of lowering your carbon footprint there is no better choice

5 Don t compromise on quality Although we have a price promise which guarantees you the lowest cost for a solar panel installation, we won t cut corners or compromise on quality. We only use the best products manufactured by the world leaders in their specific field. All our solar pv components are manufactured to the highest standard either in the UK or Germany we don t supply cheap solar pv systems, we supply quality systems at affordable prices. It s important to us that we create the best system that suits your needs, that will be reliably and efficiently generating electricity and income for several decades to come. Sharp solar panels Sharp is recognised as the world leader in the development and production of solar Pv cells to harness the sun s energy. This global leadership comes from a long history of pioneering work in the development of solar cells which began in the 1950s. Today, more than 100 satellites are circling our planet using Sharp solar technology, while here on earth over 100,000 of their advanced solar pv systems are generating clean, green and renewable energy. Apollo Solar only use Sharp s technology, manufactured at their state-ofart facility in the UK.

6 Frequently asked questions Can I claim the feed-in tariff if a non-certified company performs the installation? To enter into the Government s backed feed-in tariff scheme, your panels and the company that installs them, must be accredited and qualified under the Micro-generation Scheme (MCS). Is Apollo Solar an accredited installer? Apollo Solar installers are fully accredited under the Energy Saving Trust s MCS for Solar PV installations and are members of REAL (The Renewable Energy Assurance Scheme). From initial consultation through to project completion you will be in the hands of skilled and qualified professionals. So what is the feed-in tariff? Under the Government backed feed-in tariff you are guaranteed a fixed rate for every unit of electricity produced by your Solar PV system whether you use it or not. This scheme which was brought in on the 1st April 2010 will pay you 41.3p for each unit of electricity generated. The payments are tax free, index linked and guaranteed for 25 years. Any surplus energy that you don t use is sold back to the grid for 3p per unit. Please note that these Government backed rates are guaranteed for all systems under 4kW that are installed before 31st March What is the payback time on the system? No one can be exact, but based on average electricity costs, and assuming modest inflation of energy prices, you can reasonably expect the system to completely pay for itself in about 8 to 10 years. If the predicted trend for energy prices to soar comes true, this could be significantly reduced and this is not taking into account the added value that a solar electricity generating system will undoubtedly add to the value of your property. For return on investment, it really is a no-brainer.

7 What guarantees do I have? For guaranteed rewards, there are few investments that can compare with pv solar panels. All payments are index linked, tax free and guaranteed for 25 years All our solar panels come with a 25 year performance guarantee All work carried out by Apollo is fully guaranteed for 5 years How long solar panels guaranteed for? The performance of the solar panel systems we install is guaranteed for 25 years, but you could reasonably expect them to go on generating electricity, silently and efficiently for up to 40 years. How do I know how much electricity I m saving? As part of your Apollo Solar installation you can have a smart meter, which accurately records, stores and displays all the information you could ever need to know. Don t worry, it s very easy to operate and to understand. We ll also show you how to use it when the system is fitted. What about planning permission? For most homes in England and Wales, solar panels are considered to be a permitted development so it s not a problem. But if you do live in a listed building or in a conservation area, some restrictions may apply. Further information is available from the Government s Planning Portal. Is there much to do before the installation takes place? In most cases you needn t do anything. One of our surveyors will inspect your property, then you will be given a bespoke recommendation for the best system for you home, and the expected returns on your investment. In some cases, such as overhanging trees and foliage, we may recommend additional work to get the most out of your system. How long does it take to install? We usually only take 1 day to fully install a system, from start to finish. Our highly experienced and qualified team work quickly and quietly so there is little disruption to your daily routine. Do I need a south facing roof to benefit from solar power?

8 In the ideal world, you would have a south facing roof, however, these solar panel systems are so efficient that even in non-ideal environments, you are only talking about a 5-20% reduction on optimal output. If you have any doubts, just call for a free survey and we will be able to give you an accurate evaluation and quotation. How much maintenance is required? You really have to do nothing at all. These systems are self contained, have no moving parts and don t require regular servicing. Obviously, if there is a build up of dirt such as bird droppings, moss / lichen or environmental pollution, they will require cleaning. Other than that, it s just a periodic inspection as you would have for any electrical system in your home. Do Solar PV systems make any noise? No. They re completely silent. What about insuring my solar panel system? It s always wise to have insurance to cover your investment against accidents. Please check with your insurance provider to make sure you are covered. Is my roof strong enough to support a roof mounted system? Most roofs are perfectly capable of holding a solar panel array. If there are any problems with your roof, our team will advise you when they make the survey. Can I store the electricity generated by my system? No, the electricity generated is either used during the day in the house, or it is automatically exported back to your electricity provider. What happens if I sell my house? Pv solar panels are an investment which will start paying you back immediately with reduced electricity bills and quarterly payments from your electricity supplier. However, if you move home before you are in clear profit, usually about 8-10 years, you still haven t lost out, because they add value to your property s price. Think about it. If you had the choice of two identical homes, one of which could generate its own electricity with lower fuel bills and a guaranteed annual income which would you prefer?

9 We guarantee won t be beaten on price We guarantee that we won t be beaten on price. If you are quoted a price that we can t match, we ll give you 20 worth of Argos gift vouchers for you to spend as you please. Although we pride ourselves on giving all our customers high quality work at the lowest possible price, we don t cut corners or compromise on quality. We only use the best components manufactured in the UK, Austria or Germany in order to give you, the customer, a quality solar pv system at an affordable price. By using the most efficient and reliable components to create your home solar pv system, you ll generate higher returns on your investment.

10 Apollo Solar the solar pv professionals We take great pride in giving all our customers a truly professional service, from the initial survey and recommendations, through to the design and finished installation. Not only will we make sure that you get the best possible solar pv system for your exact requirements, but we will also take the time to show you how to get the most out of it. Our aim is to ensure that you get the maximum possible returns on your investment. Peace of mind You can rest assured that by choosing Apollo Solar you are in safe hands. We are fully accredited professionals: MCS / NICEIC accredited installers, members of the Renewable Energy Association and all our work is carried out under the terms of the REAL Assurance Scheme s Code of Conduct approved by the Office of Fair Trading. Trust the professionals It is the experience of our friendly sales team combined with our qualified designers, highly trained installation teams and dedicated customer services department that makes Apollo Solar the true solar pv professionals.

11 Apollo Solar the solar pv professionals We take great pride in giving all our customers a truly professional service, APOLLO SOLAR from the initial survey and recommendations, through to the design and Phone: finished installation. Not only will we make sure that you get the best possible solar pv system for your exact requirements, but we will also take the time to show you how to Website: get the most out of it. Address: Unit 3, Aspley Business Park, Lincoln Street, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 6RX Our aim is to ensure that you get the maximum possible returns on your investment. Peace of mind You can rest assured that by choosing Apollo Solar you are in safe hands. We are fully accredited professionals: MCS / NICEIC accredited installers, members of the Renewable Energy Association and all our work is carried out under the terms of the REAL Assurance Scheme s Code of Conduct approved by the Office of Fair Trading. Trust the professionals It is the experience of our friendly sales team combined with our qualified designers, highly trained installation teams and dedicated customer services department that makes Apollo Solar the true solar pv professionals. Copyright Apollo Solar. Apollo Solar Limited, Registered Company (England & Wales). Registration number Registered Office: Unit 3, Aspley Business Park, Lincoln Street, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 6RX.

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