Very helpful and knowledgeable. Work was started when we were told it would be and completed in a tidy and timely manner. John went over and above his quote in supplying some new technology that hadn’t been quoted for within the original quote

Roger Dunnaker

Polite, friendly and great value service. John and the team go above and beyond to ensure you know exactly what is planned and what they have done every step of the way. From initial first contact to the end of the solar job you can tell John has a huge passion and knowledge for solar and renewable tech. The install which was a 6kw solar system, was well priced, using great high spec kit, and a tidy job. To be honest i pretty much left the guys to attack the job due to working myself, and they did do in a professional and tidy manner. When some companies say they are ‘family run’ and just contract out the work its a bit annoying but on this occasion I’m happy to say it really is family care and attention from minute 1. Hopefully be back for more when battery storage comes down in price a little!


I had spoken to a couple of solar installers before John Smallwood (AKA The Solar Electrician) was recommended to me. Neither of which filled me with confidence that they could provide me with the system that I wanted. John listened very carefully to my requirements (solar PV with battery storage) taking into account the energy usage of our household. He was clear about the equipment options available to us and the optimal path to achieving what we wanted from the system. He carried out a very thorough survey of our roof and suggested we fit a 4 kWp solar PV system using BenQ 330W panels. A system of this size this meant we could go for a GoodWe ES hybrid inverter and two 2.5 kWh BYD B-Box lithium iron phosphate batteries. The final cost was way less than I had expected for a complete hybrid system including battery back-up storage. Despite appalling weather in January, the system was installed on time and within budget. I am happy to say that it has been working faultlessly ever since (John’s work is also fully guaranteed, should you need it)  Even though it is still early March, the batteries are often fully charged by midday (sooner on a bright day) while at the same time supplying enough electricity to run the house and export to the grid. I still get a kick out of knowing that we are running on stored sunlight at night time 🙂 I cannot praise John too highly. His dedication to “getting the best system” that he can, combined with his extensive knowledge and contacts make him the first person you should go to when installing a solar PV system. If you are thinking of going for battery storage I’d say just go for it! The recent energy utility price hikes are just another argument in its favour, especially with the government FIT reduction. The more of your own solar generation you can use yourself the better. It’s also good to know that you’ll be insulated from electricity price rises, well, forever!