Electrical Installation & Maintenance

How do I know if my Solar Panels are working?

How do I know if my Solar Panels are working?  is a frequent question. Here is a list of 10 common reasons why you may experience poor yield from a Solar Panel system.  

1. Solar Panel Failure

  If you have a solar panel failure it will routinely show itself up in one of two ways: -          physical damage - This can usually be seen through a visual inspection of the array such as broken glass, water ingress and mould growth. -          electrical failures – These can range from a bypass diode failure in the back of a panel, cell failure or damaged cables and connectors.  These faults will usually show up as a low voltage or open circuit.   C Gascoigne Ltd will visit your site, undertake a visual inspection of your solar system and provide you...

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What is the Solar PV Feed in Tariff rate now?

What is the solar PV feed in tariff rate now? We are quite often asked this question with these changing quarterly. The solar PV feed in tariff rates that will take effect from 1st April 2015 have been announced. For the last 3 quarter ends degression has been applied to all banding rates with the exception of the rate for those systems in the 10 kW to 50 kW band. These rates can be seen on our feed in tariff page www.cgascoigne.co.uk/services/solar-pv/feed-in-tariff/ If you are interested in having a solar PV system installed please contact us for a no obligation off the desk illustration. T) 01509 341971 email)...

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Should I test and maintain my Solar PV system?

The simple answer to "Should I test and maintain my Solar PV system ?" is yes.

Once your system has been installed and commissioned by your MCS installer it is important to ensure that the long term performance of your system is not compromised . The things to consider:

- Surface contamination - PV modules can become dirty over time, with leaves, rain, and bird droppings!

- Physical damage  - objects dropped by birds

- Damage to wiring - Rodents love a bit of cable!

- Environmental degradation

C Gascoigne Ltd offer a "Test and Inspection" service. If you are interested please contact us

t) 01509 341971 e) info@cgascoigne.co.uk

and we would be pleased to discuss this with...

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**Solar iBoost Special Offer**

 "Solar iBoost"

Special Offer

Supplied and installed for £ 379.20*, including 20% VAT

* based on a local, simple installation taking under 2 hours.

C Gascoigne Ltd NICEIC Approved electrician and MCS accredited Solar PV installer are your local Solar iBoost supplier and installer covering Loughborough and the surrounding areas for homes/businesses with Solar PV installed.

The Solar iBoost is a simple to install product that wirelessly monitors the energy generated by a Solar Array and diverts any exccess energy to heat the hot water in the immersion heater.


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Over the past few years with the reduction in the Feed in Tariff (FIT) many people do not see the investment into Solar PV as being viable.

However our experience shows that the average 4kW system could achieve a return in excess of 10% p.a.

See  www.cgascoigne.co.uk/services/solar-pv/domestic/

Cost of a solar PV system = a simple 4Kw system from £6,550 including VAT at 5%

Contact C Gascoigne Ltd, providing Solar PV installations in Loughborough and surrounding areas  for an off the desk no obligation quotation


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Solar PV Feed in Tariff effective 1st April 2014

The Solar PV Feed in Tariff for new installations after the 1st April 2014 has been announced and has per the degression mechanism introduced the rate has been reduced for systems  with less than 50kW capacity by 3.5%. The new rates can be found on our Feed In Tariff page....http://www.cgascoigne.co.uk/services/solar-pv/feed-in-tariff/ If you are interested in having a Solar PV system installed please contact...

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Solar PV Photovoltaic Feed in Tariff rates 1st January 2014

Solar PV Photovoltaic Feed in Tariff rates 1st January 2014 were released by OFGEM on 31st October 2013. A 3.5% degession (reduction) has been applied to the FiT tariff for systems that are installed with a capacity greater than 50kW and for standalone systems. The updated tariffs can be found: - on our webpage http://www.cgascoigne.co.uk/services/solar-pv/feed-in-tariff/ or - at OFGEM https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/ofgem-publications/84190/fitpaymenttable1january2014tariffs.pdf. For any one considering installating a Solar PV Photovoltaic system it should be noted that in the Spring (1st April 2014) the FiT rate for systems installed with a capacity of less than 50kW will be reduced  under the current legislation even if the installed capacity expected in this next period has not been achieved! The miniumum reduction is 3.5% so the FIT for systems up to 4kW in size is likely to reduce to 14.38p...

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Identifying Faulty Low Yielding Solar Photovoltaic PV Systems

IDENTIFYING FAULTY, LOW YIELDING, SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) SYSTEMS The purpose of this article is aimed at providing the information needed to make a sensible and informed decision as to whether a Solar PV system is operating as it should by identifying faulty, low yielding, solar PV system causes. Experience tells us that most system performance issues come down to unrealistic expectations from comparisons against incomparable systems.  Before delving into a suspected problem, it must be noted that financial yields and system performances will vary significantly between manufacturers, panel orientations/pitches and site conditions.  Solar PV arrays can seldom be compared at the side of one another for these reasons. The first thing I would recommend anybody to do, beyond the obvious, would be to check the system against the forecast you should have received...

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Proposed Best Practice for Solar PV Farm developements

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has proposed best practice for Solar PV farm developments / projects. The STA has published 10 commitments for Solar PV farm developers which are designed to encourage best practice and public support for large Solar PV projects. The STA want the following commitments from Solar PV Farm developers/installers:

  • We will focus on non-agricultural land or land which is of lower agricultural quality.
  • We will be sensitive to nationally and locally protected landscapes and nature conservation areas, and we welcome opportunities to enhance the ecological value of the land.
  • We will minimise visual impact where possible and maintain appropriate screening throughout the lifetime of the project managed through a Land Management and/or Ecology plan.
  • We will engage with the community in advance of submitting a planning application.
  • We will encourage land diversification...

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