Can I Install My Own Solar Panels in the UK?


Domestic solar panels in the UK are becoming increasingly popular as we become more conscious of the environment and soaring energy bills. As a result, more and more homeowners are becoming curious about solar panel installation, what this entails, and whether they can carry it out themselves. If you’re one of many who wish to learn more about domestic solar installation and whether you’re capable of doing it yourself, our blog is here to help.

Are Domestic Solar Panels Worth It?

Before learning whether you can install solar panels yourself, you’re likely wondering whether they’re actually worth it. We can say with confidence that solar panels for the home are certainly worth it, as they allow for significantly reduced energy bills and an improved carbon footprint. While the initial investment is considerable, domestic solar panels allow for long-term savings, making for a more sustainable home in both a financial and environmental capacity.

Do Solar Panels Increase Home Value?

Any home investment isn’t just about improving your home life, but it’s also about boosting your property value. As a result, you may be wondering, “Do solar panels add value to your home?” Well, due to the aforementioned long-term saving possibilities that come with domestic solar panels, they do increase your home’s value. As a result, it’s safe to say that domestic solar panels are the gifts that keep on giving even when you go on to sell your property.

What is the Domestic Solar Panel Cost?

The cost of domestic solar panels varies significantly depending on a number of factors. This includes the size and location of your property and any other elements that may affect the supply and installation process. Because of this, we’re unable to provide a ballpark figure without any information about your property. Therefore, if you’d like to have a better idea of what the costs may be, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a quote.

Is Domestic Solar Panels Planning Permission Required?

Generally speaking, planning permission isn’t required for domestic solar panels, meaning it tends to be quite a fuss-free process. Of course, we can’t comment on the requirements of every property, so if you have any uncertainty about the potential need for planning permission, be sure to get in touch.

Is it Legal to Install Your Own Solar Panels in the UK?

So, this brings us to the big question of whether you’re actually permitted to install solar panels yourself. In short, there’s no law that can stop you from installing solar panels yourself; however, doing so will burden you with a number of legal responsibilities. For instance, should you choose to sell your home in the future, MCS-Certifications for your solar panels will be required. In order to get these certifications, a certified engineer will need to assess the solar panels to ensure procedures and standards are upheld. Therefore, not only will you be required to fork out the cost of this anyway, but you may also find that many certified engineers won’t be prepared to certify solar panels that they didn’t install. So, while the installation of your own solar panels is legal, you may struggle to get the required certifications by doing so.

What’s more, if your solar panels are to qualify for the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG), they need to be installed by a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) recognised installer.

On top of this, even when installing your own solar panels, the standard industry requirements still need to be adhered to. These requirements include the following:

  • Solar panels should be installed below the highest point of the roof.
  • Solar panels should be installed no greater than 20cm above the surface of the roof or away from the surface of the wall they’re installed on.
  • Every practical effort should be made during the installation to preserve the aesthetic appearance of the building.

Similarly, it’s also wise to consult with your mortgage and insurance providers to ensure that your policies cover the installation.

Quite simply, it’s legal to install your own solar panels; however, it’s your responsibility to ensure that they comply with the law. As someone who isn’t experienced in solar panel installation, this could result in you unknowingly breaking the law, which could land you in hot water down the line. Therefore, for your own peace of mind and for the sake of your property, we advise anyone to opt for professional installation.

Install Domestic Solar Panels with BJC Electrical & Solar

Here at BJC Electrical & Solar, we have years of experience in installing solar panels and all the necessary accreditations, meaning you can rest assured that your property is in good hands with us. To learn more about what we can do for your home, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.