Make Your Period Propety More Energy Efficient

Installing solar panels on older properties, such as many of the period properties in Somerset, can bring significant benefits beyond just energy savings. These homes often have unique architectural features and historical significance, making it crucial to use certified installers who understand the importance of preserving these characteristics while maximising energy efficiency.

The Benefits of Solar Panels for Historic Homes

  1. Energy Savings: Solar panels can drastically reduce energy bills by harnessing the sun’s energy to power your home, making it more self-sufficient and eco-friendly.
  2. Preservation of Aesthetics: Certified installers know how to integrate solar panels discreetly, preserving the charm and historical integrity of your property. This includes using appropriate mounting solutions and ensuring panels blend seamlessly with the roof. An example of this is the video at the top of this post where Sunlit Solar installed solar panels at the rear of the property, ensuring the front view of the house remains unaffected.
  3. Environmental Impact: By reducing reliance on fossil fuels, solar panels contribute to a greener environment and help combat climate change.
In-roof solar panels were installed on this period property to seamlessly blend with the slate’s aesthetics.

Importance of Certified Installers

Choosing the right installer is critical for ensuring the success of your solar panel project on a historic property:

  • Expertise in Historic Buildings: Certified installers like Sunlit Solar have experience working with older properties in Somerset, understanding the unique challenges and requirements they pose.
  • Compliance and Permits: They navigate local regulations and ensure all installations meet historic preservation standards and building codes.
  • Quality Assurance: A certified installer provides warranties and guarantees, assuring you of the quality and longevity of your solar panel system.
  • Track Record: Look for installers with a proven track record of successful installations on historic properties, backed by positive customer reviews and testimonials, such as those on Sunlit Solar’s Trustpilot page.
A single strip of 11 panels was installed on this Somerset property which is over 500 years old. Again, in-roof panels were used to integrate the panels sympathetically to preserve the property’s character.

Challenges of Installing Solar Power in Older Properties

Installing solar panels on a period property presents unique challenges:

  • Architectural Preservation: Integrating solar panels without compromising the unique aesthetic features of historic homes.
  • Design and Planning: Careful planning to ensure panels blend seamlessly with the property’s character.
  • Structural Considerations: Older roofs may require reinforcement to support the added weight of solar panels.
  • Regulatory Navigation: Obtaining necessary permits and meeting both modern building codes and historic preservation standards.
  • Material Integrity: Ensuring installation does not damage original materials, preserving the property’s integrity.
  • Expertise Required: The necessity of choosing a certified installer with experience in historic properties to ensure proper and sensitive installation.

Why Choose Sunlit Solar?

At Sunlit Solar, we specialise in installing solar panels on historic buildings in Somerset and the surrounding areas. Our team combines technical expertise with a deep respect for architectural heritage, ensuring your property retains its aesthetic appeal while benefiting from sustainable energy solutions.

By choosing Sunlit Solar, you’re not just investing in solar power—you’re investing in the future of your historic home, reducing energy costs, adding value and preserving its legacy for generations to come.

Get Started Today

Ready to harness the power of solar energy for your historic property? Contact Sunlit Solar, your trusted solar installers, for a consultation. Let us show you how solar panels can enhance your home’s efficiency and sustainability while maintaining its timeless charm:

Phone: 01458 834936

Email: info@sunlit-solar.co.uk

Website: www.sunlit-solar.co.uk

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