Photovoltaic systems (Solar panels)

29 March 2022

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are often known as solar panels. Though there are few risks, our guidance highlights some considerations to make before installation.

Solar panels

Installing a PV system can lead to lower energy bills and reduce carbon emissions. While there are few risks, there are some important considerations to make when installing solar panels. 

We recommend using a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certificated installer as poorly installed PV systems, as well as the risks with electricity, can lead to roof leaks. 

Managing risks

PV systems are not in themselves a fire risk however they can cause problems if the building they are installed on catches fire. Some installations can cause it to take longer making premises safe for fire fighters, ultimately causing more fire damage. 

Our PV guidance gives details of how to manage these risks and more.

Insuring solar panels

You can insure photovoltaic systems as part of your church insurance policy. Please talk to us before you are due to have the product installed and have full details about the installation to hand.

It is likely that you will need to increase your buildings sum insured so that you are adequately insured. 
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