Products & Quality
Having been in the industry for more than 20 years we have learnt the importance of using a quality product, the first PV system we installed in 1996 on the roof of our own building is still working satisfactorily. This has led us to need to feel secure in the products we use, the manufacturing quality and longevity, the performance and reliability, and the ethics, principles and credibility of the manufacturing and supplying company. As a result of this we only use products and suppliers that meet our requirements, this sometimes means we may be more expensive than others but you can be assured that the equipment and installation will be of a quality that will last well into the future.
There have been a lot of problems with solar systems where sub-standard or poor quality products have been used that either haven't performed as well as they should or haven't lasted very long, we have had few problems because the products we use are sometimes more expensive than others but from our 20 years experience in the business we believe that it is worth paying a bit extra to leave you with a quality, long lasting installation. We also care about the principals and ethics of the companies that we deal with, looking for those that are in line with our own. We can see what John Ruskin meant in the quote at the bottom of the page.
We are an approved installer for SunPower who supply the most efficient PV panel available at over 21% efficiency. We are also an approved installers for Panasonic and REC, both high quality panels. We install solar panels from LG, Solar World, and other leading brand name manufacturers. We supply Inverters from long established companies such as SMA, Fronius, Solar Edge, micro inverters or optimisers are particularly effective if you are looking for maximum efficiency, even more so if there are shading issues, or if particularly acurate monitoring is required.
Storage Battery Systems
Greenshop Solar Ltd are an Approved Installer of the Tesla Powerwall and the Powerflow Sundial energy storage systems.
We supply and install Solar Thermal products from Consolar, Resol, OSO and Newark. They all supply reliable robust products that withstand the elements and only require minimal servicing. The collectors from Consolar are particularly efficient requiring less servicing than most.
Woodstoves and Biomass Boilers
We supply high efficiency woodstoves and boilers from European companies Consolar, Wodtke and Windhager, and long established UK companies such as Clearview who are the UK brand leader. We will supply and install other quality woodstoves if required.
The Thermal Stores are from Consolar and are the most efficient available with the lowest heat loss and the best stratification system to ensure highest performance. These deliver solar energy to the domestic hot water with surplus solar energy to supplement room heating, but their priority is first to hot water production.
A very appropriate quote from John Ruskin (1819-1900) on price and value
"There is hardly anything in the world that someone cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price alone are that person’s lawful prey. It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money – that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot – it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better."
Little has changed in the principles of business over the last 120 years!