Solar Panel Project Timeline

If you’re thinking about installing solar panels on or outside your home, it’s useful to know how long the work’s probably going to take. This will help you plan your solar panel project and get it done in your chosen timescale.

We’ve put together a general timeline for your solar panel project. The work might take less or more time depending on your home and panels, but this should give you a rough idea.

How long will a solar panel project take?

Research: 1 week

It’s important to spend a decent amount of time looking for the right tradesperson for your project. You’ll need to research different solar panel companies and ask them for quotes. If you find installers through our service, our companies will usually get in touch with you within 48 hours.

Once you’ve found some solar panel installers, you’ll probably spend a few days getting quotes and choosing the best one. If you’ve found installers through our service, you can visit their profile page to read their customer reviews. You’ll also need to double check that any installers you’re considering are MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme)-registered. This is because it’s an industry requirement.

Installation: 1-2 days

How long it will take your installers to get round to your job depends on how busy they are and the kind of system you want. But when your installers are ready to fit your solar panels, it won’t take them very long. Solar panel installation usually takes less than a day, unless you’re getting a particularly large system or are having it in an awkward place.

Getting your MCS certificate: 2 weeks

You should get an MCS compliance certificate for your solar panel project about 2 weeks after installation. It’s really important to make sure you get this, as without it you won’t be eligible for the Feed-in Tariff (FIT). You can find out more about the MSC here.

Once you’ve got your MCS compliance certificate you can send it, along with your FITs scheme application and Energy Performance Certificate, to your chosen FITs licensee (energy supplier). As soon as this is approved, you’ll be ready to start benefiting from your solar panel project.

Total time: 4 weeks+

So now you should have a rough idea of how long your solar panel project will take. To get started on your project, fill in the form below. We’ll put you in touch with up to 4 local solar panel installers.