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. Making sense of solar

What not to do: STA’s ‘Gallery of Shame’

At the STA we want to see rapid expansion of solar to avert dangerous climate change. But we must ensure that solar installed correctly and safely.  If we spot a bad example on the way, be warned – the STA and its members will stop and photograph it. If you have any photos of bad installations send them to us at the STA for our Gallery of Shame.

Show these photos to your installer. If they think these examples below are good enough, we suggest you find a new installer.

Solar in the forest
One of the great things about solar is it can work anywhere in the country – but not if it’s in a forest!

ray pic shaded tree
Putting solar on a roof shaded by a dormer window is not the best idea.

Ray pic big tree
We suggest you don’t install solar if you live behind a giant tree.

ray pic ugly home
We struggle to think how this installation could be more hideous. Randomly splattering the front of your home with solar modules will not add value to your house. However, if it is south-facing they will get a good amount of power, even against a wall.

ray pic shaded satellite dish
Why shade your solar panels with a satellite dish?

ray pic doesn't fit rails
Whoever installed this hasn’t bothered to ensure the fixings line up with the solar modules. This is basic. You should not be able to see the fixiings.

ray pic sticks up
Here’s a domestic example of not bothering to ensure the panels are sized to fit neatly in the available roof space. This looks shabby.

ray pic between houses
These panels have been put low down on a roof which is too close to its neighbour. A significant amount of the solar modules is covered with shadows.

ray pic wonky install
Very creative but very ugly. Who on earth thought this was a good idea?

Ray pic ugly scheme
Random peppering of solar panels around the roof space is not a good look. The panels low down the roof space are unlikely to get much light being sandwiched between two other roofs.

ray pic wrong side
f you’re going to put solar on your roof, try putting it on the side that gets the sun. The occupiers of this home could have had a lot of power if the modules had been put on the other side of the roof. This installer needs his head examining.

ray pic shaded chimney
It’s not only Father Christmas who is going to struggle with these giant chimneys. They are casting huge shadows across the solar panels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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