Solar Thermal

You could save £55 per year

Check List:

  • Do you have a south facing roof?
  • Do you have a combi boiler?
  • Do you have roughly 4 square metres of roof space facing south?

How does solar save money?

Solar Thermal panels (not to be confused with Solar PV) use sunlight to heat water through panels on your roof. The sunlight heats the water that is passed through these panels. It is then stored in a hot water cylinder.

Solar energy can produce over half of your total hot water needs. It also works perfectly well in our often-cloudy conditions.

Water heated by the sun means you need to use less gas or electricity to heat your water.

This means that you can save around £55 per year.


Charlie Luxton

"Solar thermal is a simple technology that works well and has low running costs and requires minimum maintenance. The UK’s old housing stock needs to remain using a gas boiler which must be a high efficiency model and insulating as much as possible.  Rural properties that rely on solid fuel to heat their homes could benefit from a biomass boiler that burns sustainable fuel and is more cost-effective." 

I thought they generated electricity?

You get paid a special tariff for Solar PV panels that generate electricity and it can be a good way to make some money. To find out more go to the Feed-in Tariff website .

What will I need?

You will need solar thermal panels fitted to your roof. You will also probably need a new hot water cylinder. This is to ensure it is compatible with your solar system. The new hot water cylinder will probably be much more efficient than your existing cylinder and so can save you extra money.

How much do they cost? 

Solar Thermal systems cost around £5000 depending on the size of the system. Your installer should be MCS registered. Please visit the MCS website  to find out more.

Help with Costs and Grants

You can currently get a voucher for £300 off the cost of a new Solar Thermal system. This is through the Renewable Heat Premium Payments scheme (RHPP)

Next year will see the launch of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive. This will pay households a tariff for every unit of renewable heat they produce. For Solar Thermal this could mean a payment of around £1000.

In Scotland you could get an interest free loans of up to £10,000 for heat generating renewables systems such as heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal.   These renewable heat loans will have a repayment period of up to 8 years. Click here for more information  

For more help finding support please contact the Energy Saving Trust

More information:

http://centralheating.co.uk/heating-types/solar-heating

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Generating-energy/Choosing-a-renewable-technology/Solar-water-heating

http://www.solar-trade.org.uk/

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/meeting_energy/renewable_ener/incentive/incentive.aspx

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/solarpower

Solar Thermal

You could save 230kg of carbon per year

Check List: 

  • Do you have a south facing roof?
  • Do you have a combi boiler?
  • Do you have roughly 4 square metres of roof space facing south?

How does solar save carbon?

Solar Thermal panels (not to be confused with Solar PV) use sunlight to heat water through panels on your roof. The sunlight heats the water that is passed through these panels. It is then stored in a hot water cylinder.

Solar energy can produce over half of your total hot water needs. It also works perfectly well in our often-cloudy conditions.

Water heated by the sun means you need to use less gas or electricity to heat your water.

This means that you can save around 230kg per year.

Aside from a small electric pump, solar thermal systems are fully renewable as they only rely on the sun’s energy. This makes them one of the few truly renewable products on the market.

I thought it generated electricity?

You get paid a special tariff for Solar PV panels that generate electricity and it can be a good way to make some money. To find out more go to the Feed-in Tariff website .

What will I need?

You will need solar thermal panels fitted to your roof. You will also probably need a new hot water cylinder. This is to ensure it is compatible with your solar system. The new hot water cylinder will probably be much more efficient than your existing cylinder and so can save you extra money.

How much do they cost? 

Solar Thermal systems cost around £5000 depending on the size of the system. Your installer should be MCS registered. Please visit the MCS website to find out more.

Help with Costs and Grants

You can currently get a voucher for £300 off the cost of a new Solar Thermal system. This is through the Renewable Heat Premium Payments scheme (RHPP)

Next year will see the launch of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive. This will pay households a tariff for every unit of renewable heat they produce. For Solar Thermal this could mean a payment of around £1000.

In Scotland you could get an interest free loans of up to £10,000 for heat generating renewables systems such as heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal.   These renewable heat loans will have a repayment period of up to 8 years. Click here for more information 

For more help finding support please contact the Energy Saving Trust

More information:

http://centralheating.co.uk/heating-types/solar-heating

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Generating-energy/Choosing-a-renewable-technology/Solar-water-heating

http://www.solar-trade.org.uk/

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/meeting_energy/renewable_ener/incentive/incentive.aspx

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/solarpower

Manufacturers

Alpha Heating Innovation 

Ariston 

Atag

Baxi Heating 

Biasi 

Daikin 

Dimplex 

Glow-worm 

Grant 

Nibe 

Vaillant  

Viessmann 

Vokera 

Worcester Bosch 

Installers

British Gas 

Products to maintain your system

Fernox 

Sentinel 

Merchants

Graham Group 

Plumbase 

PTS 

Wolseley