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To check whether solar generation is suited to your home, speak to Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited installers who are able to accurately assess your property for solar suitability:
Bristol solar map
You can search for your property on our solar map to find an estimate of how much solar power you could generate. It's a rough guide so don’t rely on it as it does not take all factors into account.
Buildings are coloured where the map estimates there is at least 10 square metres of unshaded roof space. The colours represent the sun’s strength on this unshaded area:
- Yellow: reasonable
- Orange: good
- Red: very good
Further information on the mapping is found in the Bristol Sunshine report.
Solar thermal panels use solar energy to heat hot water, which is then stored in a hot water tank.
Solar electric panels use photovoltaics (PV) to generate electricity, which can power your building or be exported to the national grid.
Before installing a solar energy system you should make sure your house is well insulated.
Solar panels on homes often do not need planning permission, as they are classed as “permitted development”. Planning permission is needed for non-domestic buildings and can also be needed if your home is listed or in a conservation area.
To qualify for this support and ensure your installation is to high quality, make sure that your installer is accredited via the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.
The Energy Saving Trust (EST) provides a home energy check to help you understand the steps you can take to save energy in your home, as well as guides on solar technology.
The Carbon Trust provides sustainable energy advice for businesses. See the external links section.