Red-tape simplified: The permits and approvals needed for solar on your business site

Red-tape simplified: The permits and approvals needed for solar on your business site

Solar panels have dropped in price and risen in popularity over the past few years. It’s no surprise; as energy prices soar, the business case for self-consumption and selling power back to the grid has never been more attractive.

But, once you’ve decided you want to introduce solar to your site, how do you go around getting the paperwork through? Who do you even need to notify? This article simplifies the “red-tape” and highlights which agencies need to be involved whether you’re installing in the UK or Czech Republic.

UK permits and approvals:
1. Planning Permission

Planning permission is usually required for solar panels if the installation is on a listed building, located in a conservation area, or exceeds certain size limits. However, many small-scale solar panel installations are covered by permitted development rights and don’t require planning permission.

2. Building Regulations Approval

Solar panel installations must comply with building regulations, which cover issues such as structural safety, fire safety, and electrical safety. Building regulations approval can be obtained from the local authority or an approved inspector.

3. Grid Connection Permission

If the solar panel system is connected to the grid, then permission from the local Distribution Network Operator (DNO) is required to connect to the electricity grid. This is known as a G99 application.


Czech Republic permits and approvals:
1. Building Permit:

A building permit is required for the installation of solar panels on the roof or facade of a building. The permit is issued by the local building authority.

2. Connection Agreement

Before installing a solar panel system, an agreement with the electricity distribution company must be signed to connect to the grid. The connection agreement must be signed before the solar panels are installed.

3. Approval from the State Energy Inspectorate

Approval from the State Energy Inspectorate is required for solar panel systems with a capacity greater than 10 kW.

4. Registration with the Energy Regulatory Office

All solar panel systems must be registered with the Energy Regulatory Office. The registration process involves providing information about the system’s capacity, location, and expected electricity production.


Note: The specific requirements for permits and approvals may vary depending on the location and size of the solar panel system, as well as other factors. It is recommended to consult with local authorities to obtain the most relevant information for your site.


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