What is it?
Solar Thermal panels convert the suns energy to heat water for your home.
How it works?
Heat is collected from the sun and transferred to heat up water stored in a hot water cylinder. A boiler or immersion heater can also be used to heat the water up further or for higher demand.
What are the benefits?
- Reduce in your bills – with rising fuel prices, this is very important.
- Hot water throughout the year – even in winter
- Reduce your carbon footprint – Solar Thermal can reduce your carbon consumption by 350kg per year
How much does it cost?
The average house requires 2 panels for their hot water usage. This costs in the region of £4800 (including VAT) and includes the panels, an unvented hot water cylinder (with a 25 year manufactures warranty) and relevant pipework.
How much can I earn?
The average saving on your hot water, for a household of 3-5 occupants is around £55-£85 per year.
From the summer of 2013, the Governments RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) will also mean that you will receive around £250 per year in payments for each kW of heat you generate (calculated at around 18p per kW).
Until the summer of 2013, there are £300 grants available for domestic customers known as the Renewable Heat Premium Payment
What are the next steps?
There are a few things you need to think about.
If your boiler is a combination boiler and you have removed your hot water cylinder: You will require a new hot water cylinder and also an Intasol combi solar diverter valve. This makes your combination boiler compatible with a Solar Thermal install.
You may need a larger hot water cylinder to accommodate and store the higher capacity of hot water.
Around five square meters of space is needed for the panels. The most common place is on your roof.
If you are unsure of any of the above, we will be happy to come and assess your property and help you choose the best system for you.