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Cost guide for installing solar panels in 2022

Solar panels are changing the way we consume power, saving us money (eventually) and hopefully helping our planet be a little bit cooler in 20 years time. They used to be expensive to buy and install but the influx of cheaper chinese panels on the market and more installers have brought down the price. You are looking at nearly 20 years before you break even with the current grants and electricity buy back schemes in the UK, but it looks like a good idea considering the current energy crisis.

If you are planning to stay put in your house for that long it might be a good idea to get those panels installed. If you are going to be moving house in a couple of years, you will be passing on the benefits of solar panels to the next owner. Either way, to install a 4kw system covering around 25m2 of your roof will set you back around £6000.

 

Cost to hire an electrician or dedicated solar panel installer

Not many electricians a few years back would have imagined they would be asked to do so much roofing work. Fitting solar panels to a pitch roof is a difficult job and requires a specialist team with the right equipment and not all electricians, especially those that work by themselves can do it because it is a two man job. The panels difficult to manage and require fixing in the correct position and angle.

Some electricians offer the service and some have even decided to exclusively fit solar panels independently or with a solar panel installation company. Expect to pay anything from £250 to £500 per day to hire a solar panel installer, and you will need two to do the job. 

Solar panel costs

For an 16 panel system covering one side of your roof that is preferably south facing you are looking to achieve 4kw of power. The cost for a system like that can range from £6000 to £8000 depending on things like battery storage. There were generous grants available from the government that have recently been updated to be not so generous and instead target lower income households and allow the local councils decide how to distribute the apparent £4 billion worth of spending. 

The new initiative called ECO4 scheme has yet to be understood by many but hopefully the benefits of solar panels are also continually supported by local government who pass on the grants to homeowners. People are most interested in the buy back schemes and if they are going to be as rewarding as they were in the past. 


Estimates for common electrician jobs;

Job Estimate
Cost to troubleshoot and diagnose an electrical fault £95
Cost to rewire a single room or circuit £1000
Cost to rewire a house or flat £6250
Cost to replace a consumer unit £400
Cost to do a PAT test £60
Cost to install solar panels £7500
Cost to installing an electric shower £450
Cost to install downlights in a room £440
Cost to install CCTV cameras £740
Cost to install a bathroom extractor fan £220
Cost to install or fix a light switches £50
Cost to repair or install an electric hob (or an induction hob) £85
Cost to install or fix a light fitting fixture £90
Cost to fit an electric towel rail £75
Cost to fit an new plug socket £180
Cost to install an electric vehicle charger £400
Cost of an EICR test £150
Cost to install of a cooker hood £260
Repair of a cooker hood £150

Rates for other trades

Installing solar panels cost in the UK
Installing solar panels cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKInstalling solar panels cost
Installing solar panels near Aberdeen£7028
Installing solar panels near Amber Valley£6852
Installing solar panels near Angus£6800
Installing solar panels near Arun£6884
Installing solar panels near Ashfield£6856
Installing solar panels near Aylesbury Vale£6988
Installing solar panels near Barnsley£6916
Installing solar panels near Basildon£7032
Installing solar panels near Basingstoke & Deane£7028
Installing solar panels near Bassetlaw£6976
Installing solar panels near Bath & North East Somerset£6976
Installing solar panels near Bedford£7052
Installing solar panels near Belfast£6664
Installing solar panels near Birmingham£6876
Installing solar panels near Blackburn£6892
Installing solar panels near Blackpool£6884
Installing solar panels near Bolton£6884
Installing solar panels near Bournemouth£6940
Installing solar panels near Bracknell Forest£7092
Installing solar panels near Bradford£6920
Installing solar panels near Braintree£6976
Installing solar panels near Breckland£7000
Installing solar panels near Bridgend£6900
Installing solar panels near Brighton£6916
Installing solar panels near Bristol£6952
Installing solar panels near Broadland£7040
Installing solar panels near Broxtowe£6856
Installing solar panels near Bury£6880
Installing solar panels near Caerphilly£6824
Installing solar panels near Calderdale£6872
Installing solar panels near Cambridge£6980
Installing solar panels near Canterbury£6916
Installing solar panels near Cardiff£6840
Installing solar panels near Carmarthenshire£6844
Installing solar panels near Charnwood£6876
Installing solar panels near Chelmsford£7028
Installing solar panels near Cheltenham£7012
Installing solar panels near Cherwell£6948
Installing solar panels near Chester£6840
Installing solar panels near Colchester£6952
Installing solar panels near Conway£7412
Installing solar panels near Coventry£6940
Installing solar panels near Crewe & Nantwich£6880
Installing solar panels near Dacorum£7020
Installing solar panels near Derby£6848
Installing solar panels near Doncaster£6932
Installing solar panels near Dover£6864
Installing solar panels near Dudley£6872
Installing solar panels near Dumfries & Galloway£6928
Installing solar panels near Dundee£6988
Installing solar panels near East Ayrshire£6888
Installing solar panels near East Devon£6892
Installing solar panels near East Dunbartonshire£7040
Installing solar panels near East Hampshire£6972
Installing solar panels near East Hertfordshire£6996
Installing solar panels near East Lindsey£6600
Installing solar panels near East Riding£6892
Installing solar panels near Eastleigh£7024
Installing solar panels near Edinburgh£6980
Installing solar panels near Elmbridge£7124
Installing solar panels near Epping Forest£7072
Installing solar panels near Erewash£6856
Installing solar panels near Exeter£6872
Installing solar panels near Falkirk£7016
Installing solar panels near Fife£6848
Installing solar panels near Flintshire£6836
Installing solar panels near Gateshead£6908
Installing solar panels near Gedling£6848
Installing solar panels near Glasgow£7004
Installing solar panels near Gloucester£6928
Installing solar panels near Guildford£7084
Installing solar panels near Gwynedd£6892
Installing solar panels near Halton£6880
Installing solar panels near Harrogate£6880
Installing solar panels near Havant & Waterloo£7004
Installing solar panels near Horsham£7000
Installing solar panels near Huntingdonshire£6940
Installing solar panels near Ipswich£6940
Installing solar panels near Isle of Wight£6992
Installing solar panels near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£6948
Installing solar panels near Kingston-upon-Hull£6884
Installing solar panels near Kirklees£6876
Installing solar panels near Knowsley£6884
Installing solar panels near Lancaster£6972
Installing solar panels near Leeds£6928
Installing solar panels near Leicester£6948
Installing solar panels near Lisburn£6676
Installing solar panels near Liverpool£6888
Installing solar panels near London£7092
Installing solar panels near Luton£7008
Installing solar panels near Macclesfield£6884
Installing solar panels near Maidstone£7004
Installing solar panels near Manchester£6880
Installing solar panels near Mid Bedfordshire£7012
Installing solar panels near Mid Sussex£6976
Installing solar panels near Middlesbrough£6936
Installing solar panels near Milton Keynes£6992
Installing solar panels near Neath Port Talbot£6892
Installing solar panels near New Forest£6984
Installing solar panels near Newbury£7036
Installing solar panels near Newcastle-under-Lyme£6800
Installing solar panels near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£6904
Installing solar panels near Newport£6840
Installing solar panels near North Ayrshire£6992
Installing solar panels near North East Lincolnshire£6868
Installing solar panels near North Hertfordshire£7008
Installing solar panels near North Lanarkshire£7012
Installing solar panels near North Lincolnshire£7008
Installing solar panels near North Somerset£6936
Installing solar panels near North Tyneside£6904
Installing solar panels near North Wiltshire£7072
Installing solar panels near Northampton£7012
Installing solar panels near Norwich£7052
Installing solar panels near Nottingham£6848
Installing solar panels near Nuneaton & Bedworth£6972
Installing solar panels near Oldham£6880
Installing solar panels near Oxford£6968
Installing solar panels near Pembrokeshire£6784
Installing solar panels near Perth & Kinross£6980
Installing solar panels near Peterborough£6912
Installing solar panels near Plymouth£6912
Installing solar panels near Poole£6952
Installing solar panels near Portsmouth£6996
Installing solar panels near Powys£6940
Installing solar panels near Preston£6868
Installing solar panels near Reading£7024
Installing solar panels near Redcar & Cleveland£6972
Installing solar panels near Reigate & Banstead£7120
Installing solar panels near Renfrewshire£7032
Installing solar panels near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£6876
Installing solar panels near Rochdale£6892
Installing solar panels near Rotherham£6860
Installing solar panels near Salford£6880
Installing solar panels near Salisbury£6924
Installing solar panels near Sandwell£6880
Installing solar panels near Scarborough£6888
Installing solar panels near Sefton£6904
Installing solar panels near Sevenoaks£7024
Installing solar panels near Sheffield£6856
Installing solar panels near Slough£7076
Installing solar panels near Solihull£6900
Installing solar panels near South Ayrshire£6972
Installing solar panels near South Bedfordshire£7052
Installing solar panels near South Cambridgeshire£6968
Installing solar panels near South Gloucestershire£6968
Installing solar panels near South Kesteven£6924
Installing solar panels near South Lanarkshire£6940
Installing solar panels near South Oxfordshire£6972
Installing solar panels near South Somerset£6868
Installing solar panels near South Tyneside£6896
Installing solar panels near Southampton£7024
Installing solar panels near Southend-on-Sea£7008
Installing solar panels near St Albans£7028
Installing solar panels near St Helens£6856
Installing solar panels near Stafford£6844
Installing solar panels near Stockport£6880
Installing solar panels near Stockton-on-Tees£6932
Installing solar panels near Stoke-on-Trent£6816
Installing solar panels near Stratford-on-Avon£6924
Installing solar panels near Stroud£6912
Installing solar panels near Suffolk Coastal£6968
Installing solar panels near Sunderland£6908
Installing solar panels near Swale£6980
Installing solar panels near Swansea£6880
Installing solar panels near Tameside£6880
Installing solar panels near Teignbridge£6844
Installing solar panels near Tendring£6916
Installing solar panels near Test Valley£6964
Installing solar panels near Thamesdown£7028
Installing solar panels near Thanet£6880
Installing solar panels near The Wrekin£6804
Installing solar panels near Thurrock£7028
Installing solar panels near Torbay£6880
Installing solar panels near Trafford£6896
Installing solar panels near Vale of Glamorgan£6884
Installing solar panels near Vale of White Horse£6964
Installing solar panels near Vale Royal£6872
Installing solar panels near Wakefield£6912
Installing solar panels near Walsall£6868
Installing solar panels near Warrington£6888
Installing solar panels near Warwick£6948
Installing solar panels near Waveney£7036
Installing solar panels near Waverley£7076
Installing solar panels near Wealden£6976
Installing solar panels near West Lancashire£6868
Installing solar panels near West Lothian£6980
Installing solar panels near West Wiltshire£7072
Installing solar panels near Wigan£6844
Installing solar panels near Windsor & Maidenhead£7080
Installing solar panels near Wirral£6904
Installing solar panels near Wokingham£7076
Installing solar panels near Wolverhampton£6860
Installing solar panels near Wrexham Maelor£6832
Installing solar panels near Wychavon£6932
Installing solar panels near Wycombe£7032
Installing solar panels near York£6872