Solar Power Installations
SOLAR PV INSTALLATIONS FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES.
We can create customised installations to suit your individual needs and requirements both for home and work.
Small or large we can provide the perfect Solar PV for you and your property. Solar PV can assist in keeping you above the rising energy costs and reduce your CO2 emissions.
Battery storage solutions
We can provide batteries to store excess power created from your solar installation to power your house. With storage batteries connected you will be able to power your house even when the sun isn’t out. Installing batteries will increase your use of renewable solar energy and reduce your reliance on externally sourced electricity.
With annual inspections carried out by our trained professionals you can be confident your solar PV is at its best. Continued maintenance will ensure the safest and most efficient operating performance from your PV.
Maximising your Solar PV efficiency with regular professional cleaning enables you get the most from your investment.
Cleaning your Solar PV will also aid in preventing damage and deterioration from the elements.
Bird mesh nesting prevention
Installation of defensive systems can stop birds from nesting, deter pests and prevent potential damage. These are non-harmful precautions that keep your investment safe at the same time as reducing the damage caused by birds roosting around your panels.
Inspections and repairs
We offer fault diagnosis for your Solar PV as well as being able to provide replacement or repair for damaged parts. We can help you keep your Solar PV operating at its best.
Cooke & Charman is MCS certified
What is the MCS certificate for solar panels?
MCS stands for the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) – an initiative that was introduced in 2007 to support the fast-growing microgeneration (small-scale production of heat or electric power) industry in the UK.
An installer with an MCS certificate will have the know-how on all the safety and efficiency measures to take when installing solar panels. On top of this, products with an MCS certificate will be designed and produced to a very high standard.
This scheme applies to various green tech products, including both solar thermal and solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.
A solar panel installation will be rewarded with an MCS certificate if it:
- Is commissioned by an MCS-certified installation company
- Is built with MCS-certified products
- Has a commissioning date after 15th July 2009
There’s also a huge list of standards that installers need to meet to become MCS certified. We won’t bore you with all of them, but here are some of the noticeable ones:
- Contractors need to have the competence and capability to supply the design, installation, commissioning, and handover of solar PV systems
- Contractors should disclose any technical information to the customer before selling the solar panels, including an accurate performance estimate, drawing of the module layout, and datasheets for any products involved
- Installers need to demonstrate that they are aware of all current solar legislation
- Contractors need to assess the building to make sure it’s compliant with building regulations
- Suitable risk assessments need to be carried out on the building and the solar panel system
- All equipment should be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions
- Solar panel layout should allow access for maintenance and emergency services
Similar to the installation, products with an MCS certificate are also subject to a long list of regulations, including:
- All components need to be designed to adhere to the latest IET Code of Practice for Grid Connected Solar PV Systems
- Solar panels need to be on the list of MCS-approved modules
- Any parts used in the solar panel system should only be used for functions that they are designed for
- Above all, equipment should be fit for purpose
Do you need an MCS certificate for your solar panels?
Unlike the Gas Safe Register, solar panel installers and suppliers are not required by law to be MCS accredited.
Instead, the scheme rewards suppliers, installers, and products with a certificate if they meet a certain standard – reassuring customers that the product and service they’re investing in will be of a good quality.
If a solar product or installer isn’t MCS accredited, it’s worth being a bit cautious.
Although it’s not a legal requirement for installers to be MCS accredited, consumers need to have a certificate for their solar panels if they are applying for financial funding through an incentive scheme, such as the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG).
Ofgem states that anyone installing solar PV, wind, and micro-CHP installations up to 50 kW needs to demonstrate that the installation and installer are ‘suitably certified’.
For more information, please call us on 01342 821884.