Having Solar panels fitted

Its been all excitement this week as we have had a 3 kilowatt array of Solar Photovoltaic panels fitted to the west side of our roof, which means it is out of sight from the road/track in front of our house, and also on the newer part of the roof.  The south facing side of the roof was too shallow to take the panels.  Firstly they started by putting up scaffolding.

scaffolding on the side of the house

Then they removed the tiles to insert large timbers to reinforce the perlins in the loft.  This was to make the roof more sturdy to support the weight of the panels and ensure we had no problems in the future.  You can see the timbers resting at the side of the house.

The hefty timbers to reinforce the roof

The next step was to start replacing the slates, at the same time putting in the brackets that support the rails upon which the panels are placed.

The brackets on the slates

Then they added the rails.

The rails are added to the brackets

Lastly the actual solar panels were fitted to the rails.  We have 12 Sanyo panels which currently are the ones on the market, that are the most efficient.

Solar panels on the roof

The next stage will be to have it all connected up to the invertor in the loft and then to the meter etc.  After this we have to complete all the paperwork to apply for the feed-in-tariff for the next 25 years.  When its all connected up as long as their is ultra violet rays from the sun , the panels will start generating electricity, which we will be able to use for free throughout the day.



  1. We’ve had our solar panels for almost 2 years now. We have a 2kw system. The feed-in-tariff in NSW (Sydney) plus the federal (Australian) rebates used to be fantastic so we’re going to have a payback in less than 3 years. There has been a change in government and people signing up now get no feed-in-tariff and can only offset their consumption which will take a LOT longer to pay back.

    How is your system performing now that you’ve had it for a year?

    • Our panels are performing well, but we have had a dreadful summer here with so much cloudy and wet weather that we have not produced as much energy as was forecast. here’s hoping for a better weather year next year.

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