Edinburgh City Centre Solar Installation

There is no such thing as a straightforward solar installation but even we will admit that this particular solar pv install in Edinburgh was a challenge.

From road closures just off the Royal Mile to the requirement for the solar installation work to be completed out of hours, this particular solar pv job had everything. But as always, the Low Energy Services team were more than up for the challenge.


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This new solar pv installation was completed for a historic, listed building in the heart of Edinburgh city centre.

Using JA 435w Solar Panels mounted onto a Renusol Mounting System which is then protected with anti bird netting as standard. The new solar installation generates 48.72kwp connected through a Solaredge Inverter and Optimisers.

The new solar pv system comes with installed arc boxes to all our terminated connections for added safety.


Access Challenges

While so many of the solar installations that we provide are for commercial and industrial premises, we install a large number of solar panels to properties in the hearts of cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh.

This does present challenges when dealing with access. For this particular solar installation, we had to apply for special road closure permission to close off a section of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh so that the crane lift equipment could be set up to safely transport the new solar panel system to the rooftop of this historic building.

A huge thank you to Synergy Lifting Solutions for their assistance on this job.

At Low Energy Services, the quality of our installations is what we are most proud of. This latest solar pv install is no exception.

From design to installation, we were able to deal with all challenges that came our way.  From completing the installation during out of hours/off peak times which presented lighting challenges to installing a brand new solar pv system to such a historic building that required prior planning approval, we managed to surpass our clients expectations every step of the way.

And as is standard practice with all of our commercial solar pv installations, we ensured that all of the solar panels were properly cleaned before final handover.  This is important to ensure that the solar panels can generate maximum potential solar energy right from the get go.  On any installation, there is always dirt, dust and other building material debris that can thinly coat the surface of a solar panel.  While many solar installation companies don’t clean their panels after the solar installation work has been completed, we feel this is a vital step in the installation process and ensures that our clients receive the very best in installation from us – start to finish.

Moving to green energy generated by solar panel installations for your commercial business has huge potential savings you can make on energy bills; and all by putting your unused roof space to good use.

Solar panels for commercial purposes can save your business money on their energy bills while presenting opportunities to sell surplus power back to the national grid and giving your business financial stability in the ever chaotic energy market. At Low Energy Services, we are a leading commercial solar panel installer covering Scotland and England. We have worked with commercial businesses big and small ranging from office building solar panel installs to multi site systems for well known fast food chains. And as you will have read above, we can even install solar panels to listed buildings in the heart of busy city centres like the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Do I need planning permission for solar panels?

The demand for commercial solar panel installations has surpassed everyone’s predictions and that demand does not look like it is going to slow down. Yet for many, there are lots of questions that needed answered about solar panels including – do you need planning permission to install a solar panel?

Solar panels are subject to normal building regulations including of course, checking whether your existing roof can support the extra loads of a solar panel installation. At Low Energy Services, we can carry this out for you as part of our initial site survey.

Beyond the existing building regulations, there are other things to consider including:

The new solar panel system should be installed so that it minimises its external appearance on the building
The solar panel installation can not be higher than the building itself (this excludes any chimneys). The solar panel system cannot protrude more than 0.2 metres from the plane of the roof slope.

Planning permission may be required when you are intending of installing solar panels on a flat roof. This is because, due to the nature of the install, flat roofing solar panels need to be angled and therefore protrude beyond the 0.2 metres normally allowed.

Listed buildings commonly used for office use require consent and planning permission for solar panels to be fitted.

If your property is in a conservation zone, it may be difficult to gain permission for a solar panel installation though not impossible. Planning can be a complicated route however but our solar panel installers can advise you on how best to proceed with permission applications.

We are just a phone call away for any questions and queries you may have about having solar panels installed for your business.

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