How it works 

How does Leoht estimate the amount of electricity that your home could generate? Let’s look at the step by step process. 

 

Step 1: Creating a model


  • We’ll create a computerised model of your property, noting direction, shading, pitch, location, MCS irradiance data, optimisers and inverter/solar panel specifications.
  • This model enables us to choose the optimal solar panel system for your home.
  • We’ll tell you how much you could save with solar. We’ll also tell you, based on your roof’s production data, what your system’s Co2 savings would be equivalent to. 
  • When finished, the model undergoes a comprehensive validation report to guarantee compatibility. 
 

 

 

Step 2: Compatibility check


  • We check that each component used in your design are compatible with each other.  
  • We check that the PV array is sized correctly with the inverter and that the system complies with industry regulations. We also consider mechanical and electrical constraints. 
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Step 3: MCS Performance calculation


  • We then calculate how much your bespoke system will generate using the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) performance calculation, taking into account location, direction, pitch and shading using 1000s of satellite images compiled together to recreate your environment in 3D. We can even use the ‘Digital Surface Mapping’ technique to measure the height of surrounding trees and buildings.
  • You will even be able to see how much energy you will generate at different times of the year compared to your consumption.
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Leoht solar installation FAQs

If every component for your solar panel is in stock, we can complete installation within two weeks. Currently, the stock is selling out more quickly than usual, so manufacturing and installation may take longer. If DNO and planning permission is needed, the process may take three months or more. The actual installation of the solar panel system only takes one day. Scaffolding is erected the day before and taken down the day after. 

Once your solar panel system has been installed, it will begin working immediately. Our installation team will provide you with a handover pack containing information about your new solar panel system. We will also help you to set up the accompanying smartphone app, which will enable you to monitor the solar panel and battery. The inverter displays energy flows, amount of energy, battery charge, and if the house is exporting to or importing from the grid. 

The cost of the battery for our solar panel systems is included in the quotes that we provide. When deciding on the optimum battery for you, we will consider your energy usage. If you have a house with a heat pump, air conditioning unit or swimming pool, we may not recommend a battery if you can use most of your solar production unless you are able to switch to a 'time of use' electricity tariff - then installing a battery becomes very attractive.

It is possible to set the batteries to ‘time charging’ to take advantage of off-peak electricity rates to be used during peak times.

Yes, this is part of the design stage. Based on the usage and generation of electricity on the property, we can work out which size of the battery is best suited/most beneficial for your home or property. We can also calculate whether or not a battery would be the most effective solution. 

For example, a house with heavy usage, a heat pump, air condition or a swimming pool would already use a significant amount of the solar energy generated. As a result, the cost of installing a battery (£2000+) may outweigh the lifetime benefit of having the battery in the first place.