Solar panels

How to buy solar panels

  • Expert tips on how to choose, buy and install the best type of solar panel system
  • Understand the difference between solar water heating and solar photovoltaics
  • Watch our solar PV installation video to see what's involved when buying

What's in this guide

What are solar panels?

Find out what the difference is between solar PV panels and solar water heating systems.

How does solar PV work?

The lowdown on solar PV panels - find out about the different types and how they work.

Solar PV prices and savings

Find out about solar PV prices, and how long solar PV takes to pay for itself.

Buying advice for solar PV

A guide to buying solar photovoltaics, including a video from our undercover investigation. Contains video

Solar PV installation

Our guide and video shows what you need to consider when installing solar PV panels. Contains video

Is solar PV a good investment?

What you need to know if you want to make money out of installing solar photovoltaic panels.

Free solar panels

Information and advice on 'free' solar panels, also known as rent-a-roof schemes.

How does solar water heating work?

Find out about solar water heating - including savings, grants, installation tips and costs.

Solar water heating prices and savings

Discover how solar water heating systems work using our animated step-by-step guide.

Buying advice for solar water heating

Solar panel buying advice, including our video of a cowboy salesman in action. Contains video

Solar water heating installation

We answer your questions about solar water heating systems, including planning permission.

Solar panel jargon

Get your head around solar panel jargon with our handy plain-English explanations of common terms.