Residential Solar PV & Battery Storage

Generate clean energy for your home

A better, cleaner way to power your home and car

Solar panels convert daylight into energy, providing clean, free electricity into your home, reducing your electricity bills and your reliance on the grid.

A Solar PV system will pay for itself generally within 7 or 8 years, and will continue to produce electricity, maintenance free, for over 25 years, future-proofing you from continually rising grid prices.

With prices starting at only £5000 for a fully supplied and installed 4kW Solar PV system, including all grid connections and building registrations, as well as 25 year manufacturers performance warranties.

There has never been a better time to start your new sustainable future.

When it comes to installing a solar power system, there are a lot of decisions to make. And because you’re investing in equipment that will last for more than 25 years, you want to make the right choices.

Discover everything you need to know to make the perfect choice for your specific needs.

Types of Solar Installations

No matter the type of roof on your house, or whether you prefer a ground mount installation in your garden, we can provide a solution that will be perfect for your home.

In-Roof Mounting for Slate and Tiled Roofs

A low profile solution that fully integrates into your roof, replacing the slates or tiles. 

In-roof mounted solar panels on a slate roof
Photovoltaics In-Roof Trays

For a sleek and unobtrusive profile, we recommend the use of specialised in-roof trays. This kit can be installed with many roof coverings to allow solar PV panels to sit flush with the tiles or slates, whilst maintaining a watertight covering and secure fixing points for panels. 

This option is particularly suitable for new build properties, where it not only is aesthetically pleasing but also affords savings on tiles or slates that would otherwise have been covered by the panels themselves. 

 

Roofhook Mounting for Tiled Roofs

Suitable for all types of tiles, roofhook mounting is the most economical option for existing roofs.

Roofhook mounted solar panels on a tiled roof
Roofhook

This mounting system is the most common option for domestic installations. Brackets are securely fixed to the rafters of the roof, creating a weathertight and solid frame to which the panels are attached. 

 

Rafterbolt Mounting for Slate Roofs

Rafterbolts fix directly through the slate on to the roof structure.

Rafterbolt mounted Solar PV on a slate roof
Anchor Bolt

Where a slate roof is present we use specialist fixings to ensure that roof penetrations are completely watertight. This is achieved with the use of specially-designed flashing placed around the stainless steel roof hook.

 

Flat Roof Mounting Systems

Quick to install without needing to penetrate your flat roof membrane.

Solar panels mounted on a flat roof
Detailed image of ballast bins for groundmount and flat roof installations

For flat roofs that are suitable for solar installations, we use console tubs, filled with ballast (sandbags or paving slabs, with weights calculated according to each site).

Rails and panels are fixed to the weighted tubs which means that we avoid unnecessary penetrations of a flat roof covering. Plastic troughs made of HDPE distributes the weight on the solar PV panels, making it a safe and practical option. 

 

Groundmount Photovoltaic Systems

For the optimum positioning of your solar panels to maximise solar generation.

Solar panel array ground mounted on framework
groundmount-ballast-system

Where there is no suitable roof, or where land is available for use, it is possible to mount a solar array on the ground.

We recommend a frame system to raise the panels off the ground. This allows us to perfect the pitch and orientation of the panels for maximum solar output, with a safe and secure installation. 

 

Metal Roof Solar Mounting Systems

The mounting solution for garages or outhouses with a metal corrugated roof.

Photovoltaics installed on a trapezoidal metal roof
Trapezoidal Fixing Detail

Many garage or outbuilding have a roof with a metal roof covering and we specify a particular mounting bracket for this application. The Renusol Short Rail is supplied complete with EPDM mounting seals and is secured using four self-tapping screws to stitch the mounting bracket to the metal roof ensuring a strong and fully watertight seal. These brackets are a simple but very effective way of mounting solar to a building with a metal roof

 

Photovoltaic Wall Mounted Facades

At Encom we like to think outside the box for solar solutions.

Solar Facade Systems
Residential Solar Facade

Where a south-facing roof is not available, we may be able to utilise a south-facing wall or facade.

We can angle the panels to increase solar gain, while specialist brackets are designed to create a solid and weathertight fixture to the wall, without comprising the structure itself.

Wind uplift calculations are carried out to ensure the installation is safe and secure.

Types of Solar PV Panels

All solar photovoltaic panels convert daylight into electricity, however, they vary in how they’re made, appearance, performance, size, costs, and the installations each are best suited for. Get in touch with us and we can help you decide on the most suitable solar panel for your purposes.

We only supply and install solar panels from well established global manufactures, with high efficiencies and 25 year warranties, and that are designed to withstand high wind and snow loads.

Monocrystalline Photovoltaic Panels

Highly efficient, long lasting, available in silver or black frames.

This type of solar panel is made of monocrystalline silicon, the purest type of silicon. You can easily recognise them from the uniform dark look and the rounded edges. The silicon’s high purity causes this type of solar panel has one of the highest efficiency rates, with the newest ones reaching above 20%.

Monocrystalline panels have a high power output, occupy less space, and last the longest. Another advantage to consider is that they tend to be slightly less affected by high temperatures compared to polycrystalline panels.

All Black Photovoltaic Panels

With a uniform face, All Black panels are the most popular choice with homeowners.

All Black solar panels are a variant of the standard monocrystalline silicon panels, but manufactured to have an entirely black surface for aesthetic purposes, especially suitable for roofs with slates or grey tiles.

Although slightly more expensive than other types of solar panels, they are the most popular choice by homeowners and customers who wish to retain the uniform look to their roof. As with all monocrystalline panels, the silicon’s high purity means that this type of solar panel has a high efficiency rate. Depending on the brand, outputs range from 300 to 380 watts per panel, with higher outputs being more expensive, but more suitable for roofs with limited space.

Polycrystalline Solar Modules

Most economical option, best suited for large scale commercial and industrial roofs.

You can quickly distinguish these panels because this type of solar panels has squares, its angles are not cut, and it has a blue, speckled look. They are made by melting raw silicon, which is a faster and cheaper process than that used for monocrystalline panels.

This leads to a lower final price but also lower efficiency (around 15%), lower space efficiency, and a shorter lifespan since they are affected by hot temperatures to a greater degree. However, the differences between mono- and polycrystalline types of solar panels are not so significant and the choice will strongly depend on your specific situation.

Maintenance-Free Inverters

Your solar inverter transforms the DC electricity from your photovoltaic panels into standard household AC electricity and will operate, maintenance free, for the lifetime of your Solar PV system. We only provide and install inverters from long established, reputable manufacturers to ensure that you have trouble free operation with no downtime.

Solis Inverters for
your home

The cost effective solution for your home or business.

Solis Inverter
Solis Logo

Solis is one of the largest manufacturers of solar inverters with 20 years experience. Awarded Top Brand PV Inverters for six consecutive years.

Solis’ cost-effective solutions for residential, commercial, and utility-scale systems deliver value to both homeowners and businesses, as well as power producers and renewable energy investors across the globe.

The company’s solar inverter product line uses innovative string technology to deliver first-class reliability, validated under the most stringent international certifications.

Victron Inverters & Chargers

World renowned as specialist in off-grid and grid-connected inverters and chargers.

Victron Energy, based in the Netherlands, has been manufacturing power conversion equipment since 1975 and become well known around the world for producing reliable grid-connected and off-grid battery inverter/chargers and a wide range of quality, affordable solar controllers.

Victron Energy has a strong, unrivalled reputation for technical innovation, reliability, and build quality and their products are widely considered to be the professional choice for independent electric power, efficiently combining two or more distinct power sources.

 

Solaredge Residential Inverters

The inverter solution for roofs that suffer from temporary shading.

Winner of the prestigious 2016 Intersolar Award and the renowned 2018 Edison Award, the SolarEdge single phase Inverter is specifically designed to work with SolarEdge power optimizers and features a standard 12-year warranty extendable to 20 or 25 years.

Power optimizers are installed beneath each solar panel ensuring that energy loss from shading is minimised. If your roof suffers from partial shading from trees or chimneys, the SolarEdge system it is a simpler, more cost effective, more reliable solar inverter.

 

SMA Solar Inverters for your home

Europe’s most popular inverters available in a wide range of sizes.

With 40 years of experience and a worldwide installed power of 100 gigawatts, SMA guarantees unbeatable quality ensuring maximum lifetime and minimal failure of the systems and solutions.

The SMA Energy System Home is the perfect combination of high-quality equipment, smart management and exceptional service. Its modular design means that getting started is easy and allows the system to be expanded to suit your budget and requirements at any time with no hassle.

 

Grid-connected and Off-grid Battery Storage

Battery Storage will maximise your solar generation, storing the unused energy from your Solar PV that would normally feed back to the grid. At night, the battery provides the stored electricity to your home reducing the need to import additional electricity from the grid. If you have a low-peak night time tariff from your electricity supplier, the batteries can be charged up overnight at the low tariff rate.

All of our battery systems are modular, so you can add as much storage as you need, now or in the future.

Rosen 10kW Powerwall Lithium Battery

A very economical battery, the Rosen packs as much power as it does style.

A compact battery with a minimalist design, the Rosen 10kW Powerwall provides your home with solar energy long after the sun has set. With exceptional storage capacity for their price, they are widely used in Solar PV systems for both residential and commercial use.

The Rosen Powerwall has a compact design, LCD screen and  convenient monitoring via your smartphone. With grid connected and off-grid capabilities, more than 6000 cycles, up to 90% DOD and phosphate battery cells, the Rosen Powerwall has won global approval.

 

 

BYD Battery Box Premium LVS

With stackable batteries, the BYD Battery Box looks well in your utility room or garage.

The BYD Battery-Box Premium LVS features a modular design allowing flexible battery storage sizing, extension throughout its lifetime, easy installation and uninterruptible maintenance. It is a modular lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery pack for use with any of our standard inverters.

BYD battery modules (the white sections shown) can be stacked on top of each other to increase storage capacity. Between 1 and 6 battery modules can be used in a single stack to give 4.0 to 24.0 kWh usable capacity.

The BYD Battery Box is available for both grid connected and off-grid Solar PV systems

 

PylonTech 3.5kW Lithium Batteries

Pylontech batteries are designed to be the most economical option.

PylonTech batteries can be connected together to provide an a scalable battery storage solution. The Pylon 3.5kw battery is an HESS solar battery system, developed with their own lithium iron phosphate cell to ensure the highest safety value and most promising life cycle. With an incredible DoD of 95%, the self designed BMS protects the cell from abormal temperature, current, voltage, SoC and SoH.

PylonTech is a pioneer for lithium iron phosphate batteries with self developed key technologies deployed in energy storage systems (ESS) and Solar PV systems. They have been pioneering the global market since October 2009 and have more than 3.0GWH of projects commissioned in over 80 countries. Unlike many competitors, who’s main product lines focus on Electric Vehicle batteries, Pylontech specialise solely in the solar and ESS market

System Accessories

When the sun shines, heat your water! If you have a hot water cylinder in your home or premises, take advantage of sunny days by using a power diverter to heat your water using excess solar energy.

A Power Diverter is a separate unit which monitors energy that would otherwise have been sent to the grid. Instead of losing it forever, a Power Diverter redirects the electricity to an immersion heater to give you hot water for use in the home, thereby maximising the return on your solar investment by reducing alternative water heating fuel. 

Marlec Solar iBoost+
Hot Water Divert

The Solar iBoost+ diverts the excess solar energy to your heating devices.

The Solar iBoost+ is used to control the immersion both automatically from the excess PV energy and manually when you need additional hot water.

The system operates by responding rapidly to the levels of import and export at the property according to the variable parameters of changing weather, energy consumption and generation.  These are constantly changing and the electronic controller is able to process the information to ensure that only excess power is delivered for water heating when operating in standard automatic operation.

 

myEnergi Eddi
Hot Water Divert

Use your excess solar energy to heat your hot water cylinder.

Bring an eddi into your home or business premises and you can make the most of the 100% green energy generated from your Solar PV system. Available for both single phase households or three phase commercial and industrial premises, the eddi can maximise your solar energy usage.

Rather than exporting excess generation back to the grid as per a standard PV system, with the intelligent eddi power diverter, that extra power generation is instead diverted back to your heating systems, thus heating water on 100% self generated green energy.

 Use the myEnergi app to monitor your solar production and energy usage. Set up a schedule for heating your water on days when solar energy is low.

 

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