Southampton is ideally situated on the south coast and so benefits from a high level of insolation (the amount of sunlight reaching the ground) which means solar photovoltaic systems are ideally suited to this part of the UK. Hampshire in general is a very suitable site for solar PV so if you own a home in this area you can benefit from higher levels of solar power generation. The south of England has the potential to produce 20% more electricity with the same set of solar panels installed in Scotland.
If your home is suitable for free solar then you can apply online and find out if your property is suited. There are a number of schemes now available including a number of part funded installations that allow you to benefit from the tax free government solar grants without having to pay the whole cost of an installation. Although by living in Southampton you are going to get the most benefit from installing solar you do have to have a south facing aspect. You can find out if your roof face south to see of your home is suitable. If you have any questions I am only too happy to answer them here at Free Solar Panels UK so feel free to complete the question form on the right.
The Southampton postcode area also covers Winchester, Alresford, Lyndhurst, Lymington, Brockenhurst, Eastleigh and Romsey. In the Southampton postcode area during 2010 there were a total of 260 registered domestic solar photovoltaic installations. This totalled 634kWp of total installed capacity according to data from Ofgem. The highest number of solar installations in 2010 have been in the SO41 postcode area of Southampton which covers Milford-on-Sea, Pennington, Boldre, Hordle and Sway. SO41 accounted for 32 domestic solar installations totalling 78kWp giving an average of 2.4 kWp which is close to the national average. During 2010 there was only a single solar install in North Baddesley of 1.8kWp.
For Southampton as a whole the average installation size was also 2.4kWp. The smallest installation was in the SO15 postcode area of Southampton covering Shirley, Freemantle, Banister Park and Millbrook and was only 0.5kWp which equates to one or two panels at the most. Conversely at the other end of the scale the largest single installation was also in the same SO15 postcode area and was registered as 21.84kWp which is unusually large for a domestic solar install however this is not unheard of. Generally solar installed on houses tends to be under the 4kWp figure in order to attract the higher level of solar panel grants. The most common sized installation in Southampton was 1kWp which would indicate solar is being installed on a larger number of smaller properties in the area.
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A roof facing as far as a West-South-West (almost West facing) direction or East-South-East (almost East facing) can still potentially generate up to 90 percent of a roof facing South.
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