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Premier Power ltd provide professional Electrical design, installation and commissioning services. Covering domestic, commercial and industrial properties. All of our work is undertaken to suit our clients personal requirements.

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Reviewed by Claire on 18/7/2018

Very genuine. Punctual, tidy and fair price

We are a small business working predominantly in Sutton Coldfield and surrounding areas. We have a wealth of experience and knowledge, ensuring that we can always deliver the best outcome for any job you require. Customer service and satisfaction is our number one priority, so every client and every job is treated with the same level of urgency and importance. Our qualified team prides itself on maintaining the highest level of trust and reliability.

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Reviewed by Thomas on 18/7/2018

Excellent service and incredibly polite. Definitely use Jez for future plumbing work. 10/10

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Reviewed by JILLY on 18/7/2018

Contacted me by message, tried to explain what was wrong but didn't seem to grasp it. Then he turned rude and never heard from him again. I have since bought a new machine.

Fast, professional, reliable and highly experienced. Plumbcode covers all London, we deal with any of your most stubborn plumbing problems

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Reviewed by Rebecca on 18/7/2018

Overall, I had a positive experience.. He was professional over the phone and by text. He normally handles much larger projects, but was willing to arrange this odd job for me. The on-going problem we had with our sink is now resolved and I felt that he and his colleague did a good job replacing what needed to be replaced and ensuring that it would not leak again with the new parts. However, I do feel in retrospect that the job only required one person and that I was overcharged for a job of this size.

We are a family owned business with over 25 years in the plumbing & heating industry with background knowledge of installation /service/ repair of all domestic gas central heating systems etc

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Reviewed by carol on 18/7/2018

i cannot thankyou enough , my parents are over the moon with your service and quick response , anyone needing a problem solving please give these lads a chance

100 Percent Heating specialise in domestic gas, boiler instillation, central heating systems and plumbing. The company has been operating for 12 months and offers free quotations and a high level of customer service. I have over 6 years experience with gas and plumbing and take on all aspects.

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Reviewed by Colin on 18/7/2018

Excellent work and would recommend Liam very highly .

Pro Roofing provide services across North and Mid Wales and the North West. We employ only local specialist tradesmen for slating, tiling, flat roofing, lead work, fascia and gutters and solar PV. We are able to take on works of any size to the most complex designs and specifications. Our Roofing Services Include: New Roofs Roofing repairs Re roofing Slate and materials Solar panels Other general building Get FREE quotes and friendly service. We believe high quality standards of work is an essential key in the companies growth and development.

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Reviewed by Steve on 18/7/2018

I have been contacted by Darren and understand he has been poorly and was unable to return my call.

Hi,I have been a plumber since I left school,nearly 30years,I've worked on commercial sites and a lot of domestic households,I'm fully qualified and insured,do a lot of fully fitted bathrooms,plus all aspects of plumbing work,no job to small or big,thanks

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Reviewed by John on 18/7/2018

Matthew did an excellent job replacing my old toilet with a new one. I have struggled to find a plumber who would be transparent about the costs of a job. Matthew was a breath of fresh air - he immediately gave me a break down of costs, and wasn't put off by my insistence that we work in stages to improve my bathroom. I can't recommend Matthew enough!

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Reviewed by paul on 17/7/2018

Absolutely brilliant, would recommend to anyone, friendly , was on time and did the job

With over 15 years experience there is no job to big or to small for PJD Plumbing services from a dripping tap to full bathroom installation reliable and professional

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Reviewed by Sarah on 17/7/2018

I’m really pleased with Paul’s work and his approach to his work. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.

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Solar panel installation specialists - what you need to know

The last decade has seen the number of homes with solar panels rocket, making them a common feature across our urban landscapes. In fact, over half a million homes in Britain now have them, and it’s easy to see why. Solar panels generate energy for your home, allowing you to do your bit for the environment, save on your electricity bills, and even make some money in the long run.

While this sounds like a no-brainer, you’ll need to do the sums to see exactly how your investment will pay back over the years. An expert energy installer will tell you what type of solar panels meet your needs and install the right system for your home, allowing you to start reaping the rewards from solar energy.

Cost of solar panel installation work

The cost of solar panels themselves has fallen in recent years due to cheaper manufacturing and higher competition within the solar tech market. So there’s never been a better time to invest.

That’s not to say this isn’t a considered decision, though. The installation of solar panels is still going to set you back several thousands of pounds, and the final figure will depend on the size of the system, as well as the quality and brand of the panels you choose.

The number of occupants in your home will be the main steer for the system and kWh required, but you should also consider other factors, such as the size of your roof and whether it’s south-facing.

Typically, you can expect to pay the following:

  • 14 m2, 2kWh: £3,000-£4,000
  • 21 m2, 3kWh: £4,000-£6,000
  • 28 m2, 4kWh: £6,000-£8,000

What types of solar panels are there?

There are a few different options available for solar panels. The most common is the monocrystalline or polycrystalline system. A familiar sight on many roofs, these are the blue or black photovoltaic solar panels, with a layer of glass covering them, and they’re usually mounted on an aluminium frame. They’re also the most efficient solar panel system for domestic use.

Despite their popularity, some still consider these solar panels a little ungainly. For those concerned about appearance, thin-film solar panels can be a more attractive option. These have a sleek finish and can be fitted directly onto many surfaces. Or, you can opt for solar tiles, which actually replace an area of existing roof (matched its style). While these options might be prettier, they’re more expensive and less efficient.

Out of all the options available, many people opt for traditional photovoltaic solar panels because they boast the biggest financial and environmental benefits. These perks include:

  • Electricity savings. Generating your own solar energy means reduced electricity bills. The level of this saving depends on the size of your system, volume of electricity use, and when you’ll be using it. If you can use electricity during the day when the panels are most efficient, you’ll save more (as less is needed from the grid).
  • Feed-in tariff. This is a payment from the Government for all of the energy you generate. This tariff is income tax-free and paid quarterly by energy suppliers. It’s guaranteed for 20 years and is index-linked, therefore rising with inflation. The rate varies depending on the size of your system.
  • Export tariff. You’re paid for any energy that you don’t use, which is sent back to the grid. The rate is set at 5.03p/kWh.

How do solar panels work?

All three options fall into the same category, and that’s photovoltaic solar, or PV. This means they produce energy from sunlight, which is then used to power lighting and household appliances.

There’s also another type of solar panel which serves a slightly different purpose. Solar thermal panels use the sun’s light to heat water for your house, allowing you to cut down on heating bills. However, this type doesn’t produce electricity, which is where the Governmental incentives are focused.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

Both the installer and the system will need to meet the standards of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). Your installer should provide a MCS certificate upon completion of the work. You can then use this to apply for the Government’s schemes with a licensed energy supplier.

Planning permission for solar panel installation jobs

Generally, you don’t need planning permission to install solar PV systems. However, there are a few exceptions, such as properties in conservation areas, those that are listed, and for homes with flat roofs. You may need to get approval from the council, so check with your local authority.

Insurance your tradesperson needs

A reputable energy installer should have public liability insurance to protect against any accidental damage. Many will also opt for professional indemnity insurance to cover any guidance on design and financial advice regarding renewable energy.

Questions you should ask your tradesperson

  • Are they MCS accredited?
  • What brand of solar panels do they recommend?
  • Will the system have a warranty?

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