How to maximise on solar PV opportunities

How to maximise on solar PV opportunities

Stuart Nicholson, Roof Systems Director at Marley discusses how building professionals should be looking to maximise the opportunity solar PV offers as demand is primed to escalate. 

Changes to legislation, high energy prices, increased consumer awareness about the climate emergency and the Government’s net zero target, are combining to ensure renewable technologies are now fully part of the construction sector’s decarbonisation journey. 

Solar PV is a proven technology solution that delivers access to more sustainable energy for homeowners and has been identified as a key component of the emerging specification templates ahead of the launch of the pivotal Future Homes Standard in 2025. 

Industry expectation 

Due to mandatory changes to Building Regulations introduced last year, solar PV specification is predicted to soar in the years ahead. Indeed, forecasters predict that of the 200,000 new homes currently built each year, around 160,000, will include solar PV. 

So, as demand grows, those working in the industry need to prepare to maximise the business building opportunity this presents. While the cost of solar PV has reduced significantly over the past decade and innovative integrated solutions such as Marley’s SolarTile are straightforward to install, it’s important those working in the industry can take advantage of soaring solar PV demand and add real value to their new build or refurbishment projects.

MCS certification and establishing solar partnerships 

MCS certification covers installations of products used to produce electricity and heat from renewable sources, including solar PV. While tradespeople don’t have to be certified to install Marley’s SolarTile system, the final connection and sign off must be made by an MCS certified installer. 

Those working in the industry may look to form a partnership with a certified electrical contractor or become MCS certified. To do this, prospective solar PV system installers need to undertake the appropriate training for solar PV connection and apply to a certification body to arrange an assessment.

For more information on MCS certification visit Becoming certified – MCS ( 


Professionals should also make the most of solar PV training opportunities to gain essential system knowledge and obtain the confidence to undertake installation as part of new build or retrofit schemes.  

To assist, Marley has launched its SolarTile Installation Training Course. Running weekly, the series of in-person training courses will cover the theory behind solar PV technology and the practical steps needed to ensure a safe and compliant installation. 

The one-day sessions, held at Marley’s training centre in Burton-upon-Trent, offer a comprehensive and in-depth overview of solar PV, how it works, solar PV system design, practical installation training, and tips to consider for complex system arrays.  

The training course also provides installation guidance on how to install SolarTile®, and complementary accessories such as ArcBox, as well as sharing how energy generation calculations are undertaken. 

Get familiar with solar PV systems  

Tradespeople should look for a reliable and high-quality roof-integrated solar PV system, as these are easier to install and provide better aesthetics than ‘on-roof’ traditional panels. With an integrated system, both tiles and solar panels are installed together, so there is no modification to the roof tiles which secures the overall roof warranty.  

The integrated SolarTile is compatible with all Marley’s clay and concrete tiles and slates, so solar PV can easily be incorporated into any roof design. It has an integrated tray, so no counter battens are required and delivers higher wind and fire resistance than separate tray systems. 

To find out more about Marley SolarTile visit Roof Integrated SolarTile® | Marley | Solar Roof Tiles

For more information on the SolarTile Installation Training Course visit

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