Structural Calculations for Solar Panel Installation

Nowadays it’s all about green living and environmentally friendly options. Here at Allcott Associates, we do our best to give all the information to our clients when it comes to reducing their carbon footprints.

With that in mind, it’s no wonder the demand for solar panels is set to double over the next twelve months.

The thing is, installing solar panels to your house guarantees a future return, but installing them to your roof will cause some issues.

They may have an impact on your home, the most important of which is that solar panels will increase the load on the existing roof structure, it is therefore necessary to contact a structural engineer and get an appraisal drawn up of the roof frame to determine whether it can support the new load.

To install a solar panel you do not need planning permission for the most part, but the following does apply:

  • Panels should not be installed abode the ridgeline and should project no more than 200mm from the roof or the wall surface
  • If your property is a listed building, installation will likely require an application for listed building consent
  • Panels should not be sited, so that they tarnish the overall appearance of the building
  • When no longer needed for micro generation, they should be removed as soon as possible

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