9:31 AM, 23rd July 2015, About 6 years ago 16
I own/manage around 40+ properties in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire areas. I’ve heard of free solar panels a few years ago, and made enquiries, but they could not answer my questions about maintenance, insurance, etc, and they had extremely restrictive criteria for installation (e.g. roof direction and inclination), so I gave up considering it for my properties at that time.
However, technology has moved on, as have the deals available (and companies providing this), and I’ve now found that I can get free solar panels installed on the roofs of both domestic and commercial premises, where the cost is zero, I would get 50% off the electricity grid tariff, AND the maintenance and insurance is free of charge for 20 years. (Alternatively I can buy the panels and benefit from the feed in tariff).
The free solar panels appear to be a great deal, and offering tenants half price electricity is a big incentive so would attract more potential tenants (great in hard to let areas, or with hard to let properties). So I wondered if any landlords had any recent experience of getting free solar panels, and if so what have been the difficulties or drawbacks?
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