Train4TradeSkills News: The Problem with Solar Panels

Solar panels are a great way to make your home more energy efficient, but they have their drawbacks, new research has revealed.

A new study by the National House Building Council has found that some photovoltaic panels installed on the roof’s of people’s homes have led to water leaks.

The bad weather and the depressing British summer have led to a number of homes with solar panels on experiencing leaks due to them not being installed properly. Graham Perrior, from the NHBC Foundation, said in a statement:

“Recent government initiatives, such as Feed in Tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive, are encouraging consumers to embrace renewable technology.

However, while there is widespread enthusiasm for these initiatives, there is a gap in knowledge about the best way to install renewable technology on a domestic scale.”

As the Green Deal comes into force in the next few years and millions of old and new homes are retroffited with solar panels to make homes more energy efficient, the installation of the panels really need to be up to scratch and done properly, to protect them from wind and rain.

More does need to be done because if solar panels are likely to lead to roof leakage, then they are not going to be very popular and few people will have them.

What do you think – does more need to be done to ensure solar panels don’t lead to roof leaks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.


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Posted on August 8, 2011, in construction jobs, construction news, Electrical News, t4ts, train4tradeskills and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. A thorough survey of the building structure should be the foundation for any PV installation. This will enable proper selection of the installation procedure best suited to the existing structure. Many a solar installer has no formal education on the construction trade and thus, out of ignorance, becomes an enabler for compromised roofing and water related losses.

    As an interested buyer of solar solutions, the best course of action is that of asking for references and a thorough explanation of what is being quoted. Ask for a detailed bill of materials associated to the installation and a thorough rationale for that specific system. Have this reviewed by an independent engineer or local building code office so you are performing your due diligence as a prospective owner of a PV system.

    An ounce of prevention save many a headache in the short, mid and long term.

  2. I think part of the problem is that people want to reduce the cost and that’s why they don’t hire a professional to do the job properly. But they should realize that the investment is most certainly going to pay off in the long run since more expensive usually means more efficient.

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