Do I need a South facing roof to have solar panels installed

01/02/2011 | 10 comments

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Do I need a South facing roof to have solar panels fitted ?

This is a question we get asked the most.” Do we need a South facing roof to have panels fitted”  ?

The answer is NO. We can install PV solar enrgy panels to properties that are South East – South West facing. Of course it helps if you are 100% South facing but it’s not the end of the world.

In fact I would say that the majority of solar panel installations across Britain are not 100% South facing.

Free solar panels….Beware !

It is a miss conception that your property has to be 100 % South facing. This miss conception has been born from companies who install  free  panels.

These companies will tell you that ” You have to have a 100 % South facing roof for solar panel installations to work” This is total rubbish……

The companies who give away their panels for free are after one thing Profit, Profit Profit. Yes you will receive some free electricity from your free solar panels but all the financial benefits  you would normally receive from the governments Feed In Tariff goes directly to the company who has installed your free solar panels.

These companies have strict rules or criteria when it comes to fitting free solar panels. They want to maximize their profits by only fitting free solar panels to roofs where they can fit at least 18 panels on roofs that are 100% South facing.

If you fall into this category and decide to have free solar panels installed on your roof  please remember that you will have to sign a contract between you and the solar panel company to lease your roof to them for the next 25 years. You then become a tenant of your own roof / property.

If you are interested in finding out more about installing solar panels to your property and would like some honest free advice please give us a call on Sheffield 0114 2352282 or email us with your questions at

Restyle Solar
Unit C6 Alison Business Centre, 39 Alison Crescent SheffieldSouth YorkshireS2 1AS UK 
 • 0114 235 2282


  1. J. Hill said on 01/02/2011

    This is a great post. I was told by a company near Barnsley / Tankersley who install free solar panels, that my property wasn’t south facing so it wasn’t possible to have them fitted.

    If what you are saying is correct I would like you to come and have a look at my property.

    Thanks J.Hill

  2. p mitchrell said on 22/07/2011

    if i have converted my loft into a bedroom can i still have solar pannels fitted.

    • Craig Wilkinson said on 29/07/2011

      Of Course you can, and what better company could you choose than us to do it!
      Thank you for your coment.

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  5. Mrs Gleaden said on 23/08/2011

    I have also been told by A Shade Greener and Ecovision, that my property isn’t suitable for solar panels, one due to it not being south facing and the other stating our roof isn’t big enough because they only fit between 14 and 18 panels.

    • Craig Wilkinson said on 23/08/2011

      That’s right, this is the most common response from the free solar panel companies as they will not be able to receive a large enough amount through the feed in tariff to make it viable to them, but if you were to buy your own panels you could have as many solar panels as your roof will fit and keep the feed in tariff for your self. Even off 12 panels you could pocket around £1000 per year (tax free).:)

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