Solar Panels UK: Are they worth it in 2020?

To discover more ways you can go green and save money, I’ve created a 30 second assesment here:

The specific system I mentioned in the video might or might not be available in your area, and prices do vary, so it’s best to get multiple quotes to get a feel for costs.

Other tools mentioned in the video:
– Solar ROI calculator: pvcalc

Installing solar panels seems like a great way to save money and be a bit more green. But with the Feed in Tarrif cut, and the UK not being the most sunny of places, there are a lot of questions about solar power in the UK.

How long do solar panels take to pay for themselves in the UK? How effective are they? How much electricity will I generate?

In this video I attempt to answer these questions, first look at if the UK actually gets enough sun. Then looking at how much solar panels cost in the UK and if it all makes sense from a financial point of view.


  1. Nadzrin Puad on July 5, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    In my place solar panel might work only without involve battery. Because here where i live electric price is hell cheap, only cost 4sen per kilowatt. If compare to battery that only sustain for 25 years, it not worth it to store solar power at night.

  2. Alok Babu on July 5, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    High quality video production wow. Very Informative, well narrated and an excellent video. Please keep up the good work.

  3. UpLevel Green on July 5, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    What would you like to see more of on this channel? Reply here or send me an email (on the ‘about’ section of my channel page).

  4. Malvern Michael on July 5, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Interesting video

  5. mike x on July 5, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    HOw many solar panels wired in series do most uk home solar systems use ?

  6. SebDrewett on July 5, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Fantastic and informative video Duncan! Will be sharing this with friends and family (: Hope you’re well

  7. Shaun Whiteley on July 5, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    More on this please 🙂

  8. mikeys4u on July 5, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Very clear explanations, and good information…

  9. John Keepin on July 5, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    From the perspective of an existing owner/operator, the comment around 2:00 mins in is a bit inaccurate. The amount of cloud cover actually has a major effect on the available power per unit area at any time. Some met observation sites actually publish real time values of ‘solar strength’ in W/m2, such as .

    Any potential investor needs to do their own sums, but 6 years ago it made sense for me under the older regime, and it’s worked out well.

    W.r.t the comment re Germany: yes, it’s true enough. In fact, the manufacturer of my inverter is based there ( The market developed there first.

    Your financial sums are reasonable. In my case from 2014, the feed in tariff payments are contractually linked to RPI, but also the net return (by not importing the equivalent power) has gone up even more due to increases in supply ‘day rate’ prices. It’ll ‘cross balance’ by no more than 10 years. Incidentally, under the ‘feed in tariff’ set up, it made sense to regard the payments as not being taxable income. If it had been, it would have discouraged certain people from investing in the kit in the first place, then clawing back cash issued by another department, back into the Treasury.

  10. Colin. 1 on July 5, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    Your right, that’s why I took my savings and invested in 22 panels and a Powerwall along with a Kona Electric. Setting aside the car as that wasn’t a financial choice, the return on my solar investment is around 7% per annum. The bank was giving me a generous. 1/2 percent. Premium bonds if lucky maybe 3% I wasn’t prepared to risk the stock market so for me a no brainier. I also charge the car up during the summer months from solar and with the Powerwall I can charge it up during the winter for just 4-8 per kilowatt. On Octopus “Go tariff” Sign up and get £50 credit on your account.

  11. Peter Gahan on July 5, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    As the grid gets greener, I would say driving an EV is a greener option.

  12. 何楽川 on July 5, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    This is a very quality video. I’m actually surprised that this rather new channe delivers at this level. Good job, keep it up!

  13. James Carter on July 5, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    cool video, well put together

  14. Lupa Phormy on July 5, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    cool video. but you have no dislikes. I kind of want to dislike. It will be like dipping into an unopened jar of peanut butter. I won’t though.

  15. Shaun Whiteley on July 5, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    No links in the description. Cheers

  16. line10cls on July 5, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    I have a Nissan leaf EV and charge from PV panels this gives me free miles per kw/h

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