In order to connect a commercial Solar PV system to the national grid, it is required by law that permission is sought from the relevant District Network Operator (DNO). This process can take up to 65 days depending on which area of the country you are in and which DNO manages your area. M3 Solar are experts in acquiring this permission and ofter save costs and time for our clients due to our experience, trust and contacts within the sector.
Planning regulations surrounding Solar PV installations have become far less stringent since 6th April 2012. This resulted in no planning permission being necessary for on-roof installations unless your building is in a designated area, such as an AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty), SSSI (site of specific scientific interest), conservation area, listed building, in the curtilage of a listed building or an ancient monument. If your project happens to be in any of the above designated areas, then we have a 100% track record in getting these projects through their applications process.
M3 Solar always carry out structural adequacy reports on buildings before going ahead with an installation. We use a third party independent structural engineering company that deals with the client directly. We have no commercial interest in the service, we only seek confirmation that the building is adequate so that we and our clients can be safe in the knowledge that the system will be sound in its location for the next 25 years. It is also a requirement for some insurance companies.
Energy performance certificates are now an essential part of the preliminary process for Solar PV projects. M3 Solar will undertake a study to acquire the appropriate certification for your project. Without the certificate, it is not possible to register the project for the feed-in tarrif.
Whether a site is fed from a single phase, split phase or HV (high voltage) supply. M3 Solar will liaise with the DNO to ensure all protective requirements are met under the engineering recommendation G59/2 and that any additional transformers, electrical panels, trenching or cable are completed on time and on budget so as not to miss any critical deadlines.
During the preliminary stages of a ground-mounted Solar PV project geological surveys are often required to ascertain the underlying soil type and bedrock. Without this survey the project could be at risk of stalling or even stopping due to difficulty in piling the necessary metal sections into the ground. This is why we always suggest a geological survey to be carried out prior to any ground mount project.
Through our detailed survey process, we create comprehensive site plans, schedules and programmes to give our clients a clear idea of what is happening and when. If unforeseen events, like adverse weather, delay the project, we can easily re-allocate resources to bring the project in on time.
It is important to understand the specific environment into which a Solar PV system is to be installed. For example coastal areas have high levels of salt in the atmosphere, and often cattle sheds and other livestock buildings can show high levels of ammonia. At M3 Solar we understand the effect these substances can have on the integrity and productivity of a Solar PV array, so we source solar panels that are specifically designed to withstand these conditions with no effect upon their output.
Our project managers have exceptional leadership skills, they understand how to manage the process without compromising the key milestones that need to be achieved to stay on schedule. We promote product knowledge within our teams to ensure thorough, clear and concise communication with the workforce and the client.
M3 is committed to continually improving our customer's experience, through internationally & nationally recognised quality certifications, opening ourselves up to no less than six external audits every year and two internal audits of all staff and their processes. We are committed and transparent in our approach to continuous improvement.
Once a Solar PV system is installed, the paperwork must be submitted to a feed-in tariff licensee, who will then continue to pay the tariffs to the end user for the next 20 years. To save the potential steep learning curve and stress that can come with getting to grips with industrial terminology, M3 Solar always take care of these applications for you to ensure your return on investment is secured at the intended rate.