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FAQ

How does solar work?

Solar power is energy that is converted to electricity by sunlight, through solar panels. The energy produced by solar power can be used as a clean alternative source of energy to run your business.

How much will a solar array cost my business?

With Solar as a Service from UrbanVolt, there is no upfront cost to you. We install the entire solar system and take care of all the costs associated with the project. All you do is agree to purchase the clean energy we generate. at a fixed monthly cost for the term of our agreement..

How much cheaper is solar energy?

Solar energy will generally be 20- 30% less than you currently pay for electricity from your fossil fuel-based utility provider. Building size, power requirements and commitment terms will determine your price per kWh.

How long will the solar panels last?

Solar panels usually last between 20-30 years. UrbanVolt will ensure that the solar panels are as efficient as possible to produce as much power as possible, and will take care of all maintenance and upgrades where necessary.

What is a Power Purchase Agreement?

A Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) is a long-term electricity supply agreement between two parties. Historically a PPA was reserved for multimillion-euro-generating manufacturers, but UrbanVolt has removed the barriers and to make PPAs accessible for all.
The benefit of a PPA is that you lock in a fixed energy rate for the long-term, removing the risk of escalating energy prices, giving you energy independence and allowing your company to save up to 30% on your energy bill, as well as avoiding CO2 emissions.

How long is a PPA agreement with UrbanVolt?

Our terms are flexible and range from 10 to 25 years. Our clients typically lock in their rate for the longest term possible to remove the risk of volatile prices.

What happens at the end of the PPA?

You can either extend the agreement at a pre-agreed discount to published energy rates at the time or terminate the agreement and we will remove the panels.

Who owns the solar panels on my business’s roof?

UrbanVolt owns the solar panels on your roof. This means that we are responsible for the installation, maintenance and cleaning of the solar panels for the duration of your agreement. If you choose to terminate the agreement, UrbanVolt will remove the panels from your roof.

What's the criteria for UrbanVolt's Solar as a Service offer?

As our model is capital intensive, the minimum required roof space is 10,000 square feet or a minimum consumption of 10,000kwh per month. However, we will evaluate each business case to see if it is suitable for solar power. We can also work with smaller sites on a multi site basis.

Is my business's roof suitable for solar panels?

The orientation of the roof determines how much power is produced and south-facing is best. Solar panels will generate energy on almost all roof spaces but the output may be less in some locations.

If your roof needs maintenance in the near term, you should complete it before you begin your solar installation.

Does my business need planning permission for rooftop solar panels?

No! The great news is in 2022, planning permission for solar projects was scrapped. Unless you are located in a Solar Safeguarding Zones where rooftop limitations on solar panel installations apply, to mitigate the potential impact of glint and glare near airports, aerodromes and other sites with helipads like hospitals.

How are rooftop solar PV systems installed?

The installation process is straightforward but the attachment method varies by roof type. The universal components are the panels, inverters, mounting points and a racking system to which the panels are attached.

How long will the installation take?

At UrbanVolt, we know running your business is your priority, that is why we install our solar panels with as little disruption to your business as possible. going forward. The average project timeframe (from signing to installation) is usually between 3-4 months. This can move quicker or be delayed depending on information supplied to UrbanVolt.

Please note that the larger the project, the longer the lead time on the equipment.

What do you need from my business to get started?

We need 12 month’s electricity bills, the MIC and confirmation of your Eircode so we can determine your roof size. This information will allow our sales team to qualify your business & prepare a bespoke proposal.

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