Typical Costs For an MCS Certified Solar Electric Installation (FIT)

The UK Government is now offering cash back on any Solar Panel installation that meets the MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) standards via the FIT (Feed In Tariff) Scheme.

This will undoubtedly mean many new companies jumping on the ‘Solar Cash Cow’ trying to make a quick buck out of the general public.

Before this blows out of proportion I would like to offer some typical costs of what an MCS Solar Installation should cost. Please note that these figures are ‘Typical’ and do not factor in special requirements.

The government announced in January 2010 that the ‘Typical’ cost of a 2.5 KW/H (Kilo Watt Hour) roof mounted MCS approved solar electric installation will be in the region of £12,500.00. So to make things a little more simple let’s break this figure down into what you are paying for.

ALL figures quoted here are deemed to be exclusive of VAT, which I add at the end of the breakdown for clarity.

Nett cost of a typical MCS approved Solar Electric Kit (Inclusive of solar electric panels, roof mounting kit, G31 certified grid-tie inverter, DC isolator, AC isolator, 13A switched fused spur and necessary cabling / containment. Approximately £3.00 Per Watt Installed.

So a 2500W system would cost £7,500.00 in materials

Nett cost of labour associated with the solar electric installation (Per Watt Installed) Approximately £0.75p Per watt installed.This is deemed to include fuel costs and vehicle upkeep plus sundries

So a 2500W installation would cost approximately £1,875.00 in labour

So let’s see where that gets us to so far:

Materials Cost
Labour Costs
Margin @ 10%
Net Total
VAT @ 17.5% (Current UK Rate May Vary)
Grand Total Payable By Client

The above figures will give you a fair idea of what you should be paying for a ‘Typical MCS Approved Solar Electric Installation’

If we then take the £12,117.19 total and divide this figure by the W/H rating of the solar panels, in this example 2,500W/H then we come to a total cost per Watt Installed figure.

Total cost of installation
Solar Panel Rated Watt / Hour Output
Cost Per Watt Installed Including VAT

If anyone has any questions about any of the above information or would like a quotation for a complete MCS certified Solar (Photovoltaic) Electric Installation in the UK then please use the comments section below or alternatively send me an email (See bottom of any page for my address)

Andy Mahoney
Last Modified 2nd April 2010

Electrical Installations – Understanding The Importance Of Proper Set Ups

Electricity has made our lives fast, easy and comfortable. Almost everything around us needs some or the other type of electrical installation. According to researches, electrical fires are accountable for almost 300 deaths every year. Most of these fatal incidents are the result of defective electrical fittings. Improper wiring set up, circuit beakers and abnormal use of extension wires are the biggest contributors to these deadly events. So, it’s very important to hire the right professional who has experience in electrical jobs.

Residential fittings

Every residence requires electrical set ups. Whether you’re building a new house or reconstructing the old one, you need a professional electrician for wiring the entire building and connecting the cords to the power lines for receiving electricity. Common items that need electrical mechanisms are wall outlets, circuit breakers and regular appliances like lights, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers.

Car installations

Vehicles are full of multiple electrical elements that need proper fittings. Some common items in a car that need thorough electrical wiring are satellite navigational mechanism, fire alarms and sound systems. What’s more, you’ll find various types of cords below the dashboards, which are crucial for the functioning of the automobile.

Power line fittings

Power lines generally need a trained electrician to make sure that a specific area gets constant electrical supply from generating points. The voltage level in these power lines are quite high and supply electricity to loads of people. Nevertheless, some power lines have low voltage level and make sure that street and traffic lights function properly.

Commercial set ups

There’s a lot of similarity between residential and commercial installations. Nevertheless, there are a few differences between the two. Commercial set ups generally focus on bigger projects like educational institutions, corporations, businesses, factories and manufacturing plants. Commercial and business set ups need electricity that circulate throughout the building. At the time of installation, a professional electrician ensures that a particular building receives sufficient amount of electricity, without placing too much load on the circuit breaker.

So, no matter what the purpose is, choosing the right electrician is very important. A lot of people tend to do the electrical work on their own but that’s very risky. Even the slightest mistake on your part can put your life at stake. So, it’s better to hire a trained person who can execute the task to perfection. However, make sure that you’re hiring the right person. Remember, a wrong professional can spoil the entire set up of a building.

Information About Electrical Installation and Wiring

Until recently the standards and regulation surrounding the electrical wiring and installation in the UK varied greatly from other European countries. However the standards and regulations in the UK no longer differ substantially from other European countries.

The current wring colours used in the UK are as follows:

o Protective Earth = Green

o Neutral = Blue

o Single Phase: live, three phase L1 = Brown

o Three Phase L2 = Black

o Three Phase L3 = Grey

When it comes to the UK electrical power circuits, they are normally described as either radial or ring. If a power circuit is radial the power is transmitted from point to point, which is conducted by a single length of cable that links each point to the next. This starts at the main switch or fuse and terminates at the last connected device. It may branch at a connection point. Lighting circuits are normally wired in this way, but it may also be used for low power socket circuits.

The ring circuit however is unknown in many other national wiring codes. With a ring circuit a cable starts at the supply point and then goes down to each device, the same way as in a radial circuit. The last device is connected back to the supply so that the whole circuit forms a continuous ring. The primary advantage is to allow more power to be supplied than could otherwise be carried with a given size of cable.

Going back to the standards and regulations, it should also be noted that there has been considerable change to the rules surrounding electrical installation. These changes mean that all electrical work within a domestic setting must be in compliance with British standards as a requirement of Part P. The building regulations, which are Part P, were introduced to England and Wales on 1st of January 2005.

When these building regulations were introduced in 2005 they were met with a lot of controversy especially when it come to the rules surrounding work that is carried out by non-professional bodies such as DIY work. Under the new regulations, initiation of any work other than simple changes becomes notifiable to the local building control authority. What is meant by simple changes are aspects such as adding extra lights or sockets to an existing circuit. Work on a bigger scale than this should be carried out by a professional.

When the new Part P regulations were brought about in 2005 the government approved several professional bodies’ awards to ‘competent persons.’ This allows these ‘competent persons’ to self-certify work they carry out.

The Building Control Authority must be informed of any work that is carried out by someone not qualified under this scheme, unless the work is done in an emergency.

Any electrical work carried out needs to be approved and when it is approved you will be granted a certificate, a Building Regulations Completion Certificate.

If you do have any electrical wiring or installation work that needs to be carried out on your property it is important that you hire a professional to not only make sure that your work is carried out in a professional manner but to ensure that your electrical installation or re-wiring etc meets the standards set out by the Part P regulations.