Solar Power for Business

Future proof your business with energy security for the next generation

As witnessed in 2023, the slightest event in world politics can have a devastating impact on energy prices in the UK. Installing solar panels puts the power back in your hands. Guarantee the security of your business with renewable energy systems, designed for UK commercial businesses.

Free Solar Panels
for UK Businesses

Some UK businesses qualify for free solar panels in the UK, via a Power Purchase Agreement. Get in touch to find out if your business is applicable.

A Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) allows us to introduce you to our panel of trusted specialist renewable technology funders. Whereby they will fund your solar project installation and maintenance, in return you will agree to switch your energy usage to the panels, and pay an agreed fee for any energy you use. 

From between 12-17p kW. Although, this is entirely dependent on the length of your agreement, and if the PPA is a fixed rate or a variable rate term.

Variable rates are cheaper in the short term, but can be more expensive over the full length of the agreement. Fixed rate terms are the most stable, and most economical over the full term length.

The criteria is almost entirely dependent on your energy usage. The minimum size system demands a minimum usage, otherwise the funder would not make their target revenue.

Please reach out to our team for a bespoke quote, and we will endeavor to set you up with a PPA.

Costs of Solar Power for UK Business

Commercial Solar Panel systems in the UK can massively vary in costs, one thing they all have in common is that the initial investment is offset almost immediately by the energy savings it affords you.

In this example for a manufacturer in Yorkshire, the initial system cost £349,999. This is offset within 2.9 years based on the energy usage of the client, and the energy generated by the solar panel system. After 25 years, the client had an aggregated saving of nearly £5million.

As you can see, the yearly energy costs increase by a conservative 8% which was typical in 2023. After 25 years, the difference is either paying more than £800k per year for energy, and or benefiting from more than £5million in savings. The aggregated cost that the client would have to bear without solar would be more than £10million.

Instead of self-funding, or choosing a finance option, you may be eligible for a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). This is when you allow us to find a specialist renewable energy funder to pay for your system, and instead of paying for traditional energy at over 30p kW subject to an 8% increase YoY.

Your business pays 17p kW for the power that the new panels generate. Fixed for 25 years. 

These figures are just representative for this example. Reach out for an exact quote based on your usage and site.

Initial Investment
vs After 25 Years

In the first five years after installing solar panels, you can see the trajectory of the projected cashflow begin to divert from each other. This graph also takes into consideration the initial investment , which is why you can see that at the beginning solar panels are in the £349,999 in the negative. You can also see that after 2.9 years your net cashflow is in the positive, and the panels have saved more money than you would have spend on energy.

Commercial Solar Panel Brochure

No one business is the same, every solar panel installation job is different. Factors include; the type of solar panel that is installed,
method of installation (on-roof or in-roof), and the supporting technology installed.

Find out everything there is to know about solar panels for UK businesses in our free brochure.

Commercial Solar Panel Maintenance

Solar power is one of the easiest renewable technologies to maintain, with a incredibly low cost to ensure the system maintains optimal efficiency. 

Essentially, solar panels only need a basic electrical check from an MCS accredited electrician to check the voltage output and inverter health, along with others.

Other than that, maintenance will include cleaning of the panels to ensure no debris or dust is hampering the energy generation capacity of the system.

We advise installing a ‘man-safe’ system as a semi-permanent solution to keep costs down, as otherwise scaffolding may be needed which can increase maintenance costs.

If you take a solar system via a PPA contract, this will include free maintenance 99% of the time, as stipulated by the agreement and the lender.


By prioritising sustainability and reducing your carbon footprint, you can:

  • Become an industry leader: Consumers are increasingly environmentally conscious, and businesses with strong sustainability practices are more attractive.
  • Reduce operating costs: Energy efficiency measures that cut emissions can also save you money on utility bills.
  • Future-proof your business: Stricter regulations and carbon pricing are on the horizon. Taking proactive steps now can ensure you’re ahead of the curve.

Solar panels are a game-changer in your sustainability toolbox. They generate clean, renewable energy, significantly reducing your reliance on the grid and your associated carbon footprint. Here’s how solar can benefit your UK business:

  • Reduced reliance on fossil fuels: Solar panels produce electricity directly from the sun, minimising your dependence on non-renewable sources.
  • Long-term cost savings: The upfront investment in solar is offset by significant reductions in electricity bills over time. Many government incentives can also make solar panels even more affordable in the UK.
  • Scalability: Solar systems can be customized to fit the size and energy needs of your business.

By taking a proactive approach to sustainability and embracing solar power, you can become a leader in the race to net zero. Don’t wait until regulations force your hand – take control of your environmental impact and your bottom line today.

How to Achieve Your Businesses Net-Zero Goals?

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The UK has set a legally binding target to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. This ambitious goal requires businesses to take action and prioritise sustainability. Many UK businesses are setting their own net zero targets, often aiming for 2040 or even sooner. But with only 30% of the UK’s FTSE100 committing to the United Nation’s Race to Zero campaign, there’s a clear opportunity for those who act early. 

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We’re happy to help with you any questions you
have regarding solar panels for your business.

Commercial finance for renewable technology is wifely available. Often accepted as valid forms of business improvement from traditional sources, however the best rates of finance are sometimes found from specialist green technology finance providers.

Varys providers are available depending on the value of the project. Allow us to introduce you to our network of finance suppliers, to help you find the best rate for your business.

Whatever the cost of your solar panel system, or renewable energy project, commercial finance is available. 

The best option may be to approach a Power Purchase Agreement provider, as this allows you to install solar panels on your business for free.

Peace of mind is crucial when making a significant investment like solar panels for your business. MCS certification is a recognised benchmark for quality and performance in the UK renewable energy sector. Here’s how choosing MCS certified solar panels benefits your business:

  • Guaranteed Standards: MCS ensures products, installers, and installations meet rigorous industry standards, giving you confidence in their safety, efficiency, and longevity.
  • Verified Performance: MCS certified solar panels undergo independent testing to guarantee their power output and energy production capabilities.
  • Qualified Installers: Only MCS certified installers can offer MCS certified systems, ensuring expertise and adherence to best practices during installation.
  • Government Incentives: Many government grants and financial programs for businesses specifically require MCS certified solar panel systems.


By choosing MCS certified solar panels, you’re not just investing in clean energy, you’re investing in a system built to last and deliver optimal results. Look for the MCS mark of quality when comparing solar panel options for your business.

Roof-Mounted Solar Panels:

This is the most common and cost-effective option for UK businesses. Panels are secured to a mounting frame above your existing roof, maximising sunlight exposure and minimising installation complexity.


  • Lower Cost: Installation is generally faster and simpler compared to in-roof systems, leading to lower upfront costs.
  • Suitable for Most Roofs: Roof-mounted systems can be adapted to various roof types and pitches, making them a versatile choice.
  • Easier Maintenance: Regular cleaning and maintenance are straightforward due to the accessible location of the panels.
  • No Impact on Roof Structure: The existing roof structure remains unaltered, potentially simplifying future roof repairs or replacements.



  • Aesthetics: Visible panels on your roof may not be ideal for all businesses, especially those in historic districts with strict planning regulations.
  • Potential Shading: Nearby structures or trees could cast shadows, reducing efficiency.


In-Roof Solar Panels:

In-roof panels replace a section of your existing roof tiles, creating a sleek, integrated look.


  • Aesthetics: In-roof panels offer a seamless, low-profile appearance, potentially enhancing the visual appeal of your building.
  • Improved Aeration: Some in-roof systems allow for better air circulation under the panels, potentially improving cooling efficiency.
  • May Be Eligible for Additional Incentives: Certain councils might offer special incentives for aesthetically-pleasing solar installations.



  • Higher Cost: Installation is more complex and time-consuming compared to roof-mounted systems, leading to higher upfront costs.
  • Limited Roof Suitability: In-roof systems might not be suitable for all roof types or pitches, requiring a structural assessment.
  • Potential Maintenance Challenges: Accessing panels for cleaning or repairs may be more complex due to their integration with the roof.
  • Impact on Roof Warranty: Installing in-roof panels could potentially void your existing roof warranty; check with your roof manufacturer.


Choosing the Right Option:

For most UK businesses, roof-mounted solar panels offer a cost-effective and versatile solution. However, if aesthetics are a major concern and your roof is suitable, in-roof panels might be worth considering despite the higher cost.

Most solar panels come with a manufacturer warranty. How long this is depends exactly on the manufacturer. Always check with your installer which panels they are installing, and how long the warranty is.

For example, we only install Jinko solar panels at the moment because their warranty is by far the most superior on offer. This is a mark of confidence from the manufacturer, as they’re standing by their products for as long as 25 years.

Invertors often come with a 10-12 year warranty, which means they may need replacing after this time. Always consult your installer after this time, to see if your inverter is still in good health and as efficient as it should be.

Frequently Asked Solar Power Questions

The cost of solar panels for businesses in the UK varies depending on system size, panel efficiency, and installation complexity. In general, expect to pay between £1,000 and £1,500 per kilowatt-peak (kWp) with a system size ranging from 10kW to 50kW costing £16,000 – £70,000. Government grants can help offset these costs.

Solar power can be a good fit for many UK businesses, especially those with south-facing roofs and significant daytime electricity usage. A free solar panel consultation can help determine if your business is a good candidate.

The UK government offers several financial incentives for businesses installing solar panels. These include the Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme, which allows businesses to claim first-year tax relief on 100% of the cost of qualifying solar equipment [source: GOV.UK].

The amount a business can save with solar panels depends on several factors, including current energy consumption, electricity rates, and system size. However, studies suggest businesses can see savings of up to 50% on their electricity bills.

The ideal size of a solar panel system depends on your business’s electricity usage. A qualified solar panel installer can conduct a free energy audit to assess your needs and recommend the optimal system size.

The payback period for solar panels for businesses in the UK is typically between 2-3 years, depending on the system size, energy savings, and available financial incentives.

  • Battery storage allows you to store excess solar energy generated during the day for use at night or during peak electricity usage times. While not essential for all businesses, battery storage can maximize your solar energy use and further reduce reliance on the grid.