More often than not solar panels need very little maintenance. Make sure that nothing is directly covering the panels that will block the sun out. The rain cleans most things, if not you can give then a spray with a hose pipe. Your installer will be able answer any questions regarding maintenance.
This depends on many factors:
How much do you want to invest?
How much electricity does your household use?
What size is your roof?
How much energy do you want to produce?
Most have a manufacturers warrenty of 20-25 years. However if installed and looked after correctly you should expect them to produce good amounts of electricity for 35 years & beyond.
The panels are made up of small solar cells, which absorb sunlight and turn it into direct current (DC) electricity which is then turned into alternative current (AC) by an inverter - then fed into your power grid
Firstly it will reduce your electricity bill. You become less energy dependant as the solar panels will meet a huge part of your electricity needs. They will add overall value to your home. Also you will reduce your carbon footprint and be kinder to the environment.
The price depends on make, type and Size and what meets your own requirements.
Always rememeber it does not need to be sunny to generate eletricity. When not enough is produced you simply draw from the grid in the usual way.
Leave that to us at Solar Style we are accredited to notify all our work to building control.
You would have to check with your landlord.
No, solar panels work on light and all roofs have light hitting them. East - West roofs typically generate over 80% of an equivalent South facing roof.
Most cases it is no. Domestic panels are permitted development and do not require permission unless:
You are in a listed building
Your home is in a conservation area or area of outstanding natural beauty (solar panels are permitted in a conservation area as long as they are fitted on a wall or roof that faces a main highway
Panels pertrude more than 200mm from the roof, and we always fit within these limits