Renewable Energy Local Authority Solar PV

Local Authority Solar PV

Local authorities and housing associations can switch to greater use of green energy and help residents lower their bills as well as their carbon footprint.

Specialists in solar PV systems with a huge amount of residential property experience.

With conventional energy prices remaining high and the cost of living continuing to rise, it’s never been more important to make your energy use more efficient and affordable. Greater numbers of social housing providers are turning to solar PV (photovoltaic panels) to provide energy for their housing stock, to the benefit of both them and their residents. 

Solar energy allows households to gain an element of self-sufficiency, contributing significantly to the amount of energy residents use each month, and also allows you to make money yourselves by selling surplus energy generated back to the national grid. With government subsidies available for solar installations, this really is the right time to go solar.

Why go for solar for your social housing properties?

The government is committed to decarbonising the UK’s power system by 2035, and achieving a ‘net zero’ carbon footprint by 2050. As part of this, strategies are in place to promote greater use of green energy – with solar an obvious choice for residential properties. With solar, you can:

Create revenue
Cut carbon
Create revenue

Why choose DPL for your social housing solar PV installation?

Lots of companies offer solar panel installation and maintenance in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. Here’s what sets us apart: 


All our engineers are fully qualified, adhering to our in-house training programme as well as receiving regular re-accreditation by industry bodies including BPVA and MCS.


DPL has over 20 years’ experience in the building industry. To date, we’ve provided hundreds of homes and businesses across East Anglia with solar PV panels.


We’ll take time to talk through your needs and budget, so you’ll know exactly what to expect and the standard of service before our engineers conduct the installation.

Full Service

We’ll do all the relevant registrations so your residents will be set up and ready to go. In case of any issues, our engineers offer timely advice and can provide planned and unplanned maintenance.

Personal Service

We operate almost entirely on word-of-mouth recommendations and pride ourselves on a personal service, talking you through every step so you have full confidence in your investment.

Building excellence from the ground up

It pays to talk to engineers who know solar PV inside out. Our teams have carried out installations on a wide range of properties, delivering high-quality solutions that protect the homes’ infrastructure every time.

What our customers ask

Here’s just some of the questions that our customers ask – we’re sure you’ll have others. Please give us a call and we will be very happy to help.

How do solar panels work?

A solar panel is made from lots of cells, laid out in a grid. When the sun shines on it, silicon within the cells creates an electrical current, which the system converts into electricity which can be used within the house to power your appliances.

Where’s the best place for a solar panel?

As you’d expect, a south facing roof is the ideal location for a solar panel as it will collect the most sunlight. It’s worth focusing your efforts here, with complementary panels on East or West facing areas to maximise the electricity that you can produce.

Do I need planning permission for a solar panel?

Most installations do not need specific permission, but it is always worth running the required checks. Our specialist engineers are on hand to offer advice on all areas of installation.

Can I use solar with a heat pump?

Absolutely. Many more households are opting to be as environmentally responsible as possible and it is possible to use the power generated from your solar PV to run heat pumps and other renewable energy systems.

Do you include a warranty?

Not all solar panels are the same. At DPL, we will only use modules that meet the Tier 1 criteria. That is to say that they have a minimum 10 year manufacturer’s guarantee on product material and workmanship, and a 25 year Linear Power output performance warranty.

What are the warranties?

The manufacturer’s warranty on the inverter is at least 5 years and for systems with batteries, the batteries we recommend are warrantied for 10 years.

What warranty is on the solar panels (modules)?

Not all solar panels are the same. At DPL, we will only use panels that exceed the Tier 1 criteria. The Tier 1 criteria is that panels must have a minimum 10 year manufacturer’s guarantee on product material and a 25 year Linear Power output performance warranty. We import our own panels which have a 12 year manufacturer’s product material warranty and a 30 year linear performance warranty.

What else will DPL provide as part of my Solar PV solution?

We guarantee to:

  • Fit bird guards around the solar arrays (where appropriate) to prevent the likelihood of birds nesting under the panels.
  • Provide a full ‘turn-key’ solution, covering assessment, design, installation and maintenance, all delivered by a dedicated team.
  • Advise and where appropriate, recommend battery storage solutions which may be integrated into the system design.
  • Deliver your installation using our local team, based in East Anglia.

Book a Solar Survey today!

Get in touch to speak to an expert about your service or sector needs or email us at, call us on 01473 253 350 or simply complete the contact form. One of our specialists will be back in touch shortly.

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