People often ask us at WinACC about installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in their home.

For some basic points about PV panels go to our PV Panel Facts page which will help with your decision-making or to know what questions to ask when dealing with a supplier.

Many also ask how to pick a good supplier. The energy saving trust give some guidelines on picking a supplier. WinACC can't recommend a supplier but here is a (not complete) list of local photovoltaic suppliers.  To be on this, a supplier must meet WinACC's minimum standards:

• they must be MCS accredited and signed up to the REAL assurance code of conduct;
• they must have done successful installations in the area;
• and all of their products and services must be backed up by warranty.

The suppliers on our list give WinACC a fee for every purchase that results from being introduced by us, offer WinACC members a discout, or pay a small commission to WinACC on successful sales. So if you decide to contact any of the suppliers on this list or buy anything from them, please mention WinACC and let us know.

Some of these suppliers will offer group discounts for cooperative purchase schemes. If you want to get together with other households in the area and take advantage of this offer contact winacc@winacc.org.uk and we will match you up.

The "small print" is that WinACC does not accept any responsibility for the work of any of these suppliers. 

Company name   (WinACC member)

MCS accredited
(other certificates)
Product and installation warrantyAre you registered on a user reviewed website?

Yes: Yougen

Check-a-trade

023 8060 1907

Yes (REAL, NICEIC)5/10 year manufacturer, 5 year workmanship and 10 year performance (panels only) warrantiesNo

Yes (REAL, BPEC, IWA)10 year FSA approved, insurance backed waranty (IWA)No

01794 500682

Yes (REAL)Between 5 and 30 years depending on manufacturerNo

0800 909 8882

Yes (REAL, Trustmark)10 years insurance backed warranty Yes: Checkatrade 

02392 006161

Yes (REAL, Solar Trade Association) 6 year installation warranty through Trade Direct Yes: Yougen

Sunsmart Energy (No)
0800 157 7340
Yes (REAL)

If you are a supplier who meets our criteria and wants to be listed, email WinACC@winacc.org.uk.

Key:

BPEC: BPEC (Training) Ltd is a charity who provide training and courses for installations in the Building services Engineering Industry.
IWA: The Independent Warrantee Association provides deposit and guarantee insurance should the company become insolvent.
CHAS Certified: The contractors health and safety assessment scheme.
FSA: The Financial Services Authority is an independant body that regulates the financial services industry and authorise companies to run IWA warranties.
MCS: The Microgeneration Certificate Scheme certificates microgeneration technologies used to produce electricity and heat from renewable sources.
NICEIC: is the UK electrical contracting industry’s independent voluntary body.
REAL Listed: The Renewable Energy Association is the industry code of conduct. We recommend only using suppliers that subscribe to it. It gaurantees deposits and repairs if the supplier ceases trading.
SMAS Worksafe: Safety Management Advisory Services provide health and safety approval.
QANW: Quality Assured National Warranties provides insurance backed guarantees and deposit protection insurance.