Solar panels

Generate your own energy from the sun and save on your energy bills.

How do solar panels work?

Solar panels use energy from the sun to create electricity. They don’t need direct sunlight, only daylight, so they also work on cloudy British days.

Solar panels are large glass panels made up of silicon cells. When light hits these cells electrical energy is created. This electricity is converted from DC to AC current and is carried on into your household electricity system.

Prices start from £4,000 (inc. VAT). Book a survey, call us on

0800 197 0095

Why choose British Gas?

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10 year manufacturer's panel warranty

We use only the highest quality equipment to give you peace of mind for the future.

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Peace of mind

Your installation will be project managed from the start to finish. Installation includes scaffolding, rubbish removal and our help with setting up the Feed-in Tariff.

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MCS accredited installation teams

Our team of approved installers are part of the Renewable Energy Assurance Limited scheme.

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Flexible payment options

Pay in full or monthly through a finance agreement.

The costs of solar and savings

The upfront costs

Prices range from only £4,241 to £6,603 which includes VAT. What you’ll actually pay will depend on the number of solar panels you get, the type of solar panels and the type of surface they are attached to. Our expert engineers will recommend a system that’s right for you and what you need.

If you would like to book a survey, just give us a call on:

0800 197 0095

Payment options to suit you

Pay in full

You can pay for your Solar PV system in full with major debit and credit cards or by cheque. Once you agree to an installation, we’ll usually take a 10% deposit. The full amount is only paid once your new installation is up and running.


Pay monthly

As a credit broker, we can arrange a finance agreement through Barclays Partner Finance, meaning you can choose to spread the cost of your Solar PV system over three to ten years.^

  • 9.9% representative APR.
  • No upfront deposit required.
  • Make additional payments at any time.
A representative example of a payment plan
Cash Price £6000
Advance payment deposit -
Loan amount £6000
Term of loan 8 years
Monthly payment £89.39
Total amount repayable (inc. deposit) £8,582
Rate of interest 9.9% variable*
Representative APR 9.9%

*The rate cannot go up but may come down.

If you are interested in a quote for solar finance please let us know.

The Feed-In tariff - we'll pay you to generate electricity

We'll pay you for every unit of electricity you generate

Rates vary depending on the size of your system and when your solar panels were installed.

We'll pay you for every unit you generate and don't use

This gets sent back to the National Grid via your existing cables. You'll get about 4.5p per unit depending on your eligibility.

Save on your energy bills

You'll only need pay for electricity from your energy provider when you can't generate enough to cover your household needs.

The Feed-In tariff - illustrative table
The size of the solar panels 4 kWp
The cost of getting solar panels £6,599
What you'll save with FIT, at 13.39p x 3,572 kWh £478.29
The extra you get paid for, that goes back to the grid: 50% @ 4.85p x 3,572 kWh £86.62
How much you'll save on your electricity bill: 50% @ 16.2p x 3,572 kWh £289.33
Your total saving each year (FIT + NAtional Grid + savings on your bill)
How long you'll be paying for the panels 7 years 9 months

Example subject to change

Things you need to know

Our example is worked out based on a south facing 4kWp system, with 40' roof inclination not shaded by buildings or trees, in Leeds. What you will save depends on where you live.

How we did the maths

  • FIT rates will go up by 2.6% a year - that's using the Government's projections.
  • FIT is paid for 20 years, and you're saving on your electricity for 25 years.
  • The current price per kWh of electricity is 0.162p.

This is the same way the Solar Trade Association works out their figures too.

The exact figures are impossible to predict because the amount of daylight varies in different locations and changes year on year. The amount you'd save and get paid cannot be guaranteed - sorry.

Energy Performance Certificates

An energy efficient home gets the best FIT rates.

To get paid the top FIT rate you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D or above. An EPC tells you how energy efficient your home is on a rating of A to G, and lasts for ten years. You’ll also be given tips and advice on how you can improve your home’s rating, which will help you save money on your energy bills too.

If you'd like to book a survey, give us a call on:

0800 197 0095

Energy saving ratings

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Frequently asked questions

Q. Do I need planning permission?

A: You don't usually need planning permission for most home solar technology systems, but check first with your local planning officer, especially if your building is listed, or is in a conservation area or World Heritage Site.

Q. Is there a warranty?

A: Yes. For full warranty details, please call us on 0800 197 0095. We're open Mon to Fri 9am - 7pm.

Q. Does the system need servicing?

A: A solar PV system does not normally need servicing as it has no moving parts and the other components, such as cables and connectors, are designed to withstand environmental conditions. We suggest you routinely visually inspect your system though (from ground level only) and if you notice any damage, we're here to advise you. A solar thermal system should be serviced annually along with your general boiler service.