27/02/2023

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

Permits & Approvals Needed For Installing Solar (Business)

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

If your solar installation is on a listed building, located in a conservation area, or exceeds certain size limits, you will need to get planning permission. However, many small-scale solar panel installations are covered by permitted development rights. You do not need to seek planning permission for these types of projects.

2. Building Regulations Approval

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

3. Grid Connection Permission

If you plan to connect your solar panel system to the grid, you will need permission from the local Distribution Network Operator (DNO). This is known as a G99 application.

Czech Republic permits and approvals:
1. Building Permit:

You need a building permit to install solar panels on the roof or facade of a building. The local building authority issues all permits.

2. Connection Agreement

Before installing a solar panel system, you need to broker an agreement with the electricity distribution company to connect to the grid. You need to sign the conwwnection agreement 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 Solar Panels & Building Regulations may vary depending on the location and size of the solar panel system, as well as other factors. We firstly recommend that you consult with local authorities to obtain the most relevant information for your site.

 

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