Solar thermal

Solar hot water

Solar thermal panels generate heat for your home and hot water and are not to be confused with PV systems, which exclusively provide free electricity.

Solar thermal panels are installed in a similar way to solar PV, on south or southwest facing rooftops for optimal efficiency. Installation will depend on how much hot water you need for your home, with a calculation of one square metre per person often appropriate.

Less efficient solar thermal collectors will require a greater space of your roof to be covered, and you’ll also need hot water cylinders, controls and necessary pipework.

Plus, with the Government set to bring in the Renewable Heat Incentive, a guaranteed fixed payment for solar thermodynamics, you’ll even earn an income by producing environmentally friendly heat.

What’s important is you’re not misled by dodgy salesman tactics. Consumer watchdog Which? say that tactics are often used to exaggerate potential savings with thermal panels, so comparing quotes is the best way to be sure.

There are currently no free solar panels schemes for thermal available.

Solar thermodynamics

Solar thermodynamics has become the leading product in the market, and they can provide heat for your home in temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius. This means you’re assured of continuous hot water throughout the year.

With virtually no maintenance needed to ensure they operate efficiently throughout the year, solar thermodynamics are an effective form of hot water heating, reducing bills by up to 80% annually.

Benefits of a solar thermal panel system

Solar thermal is a different kettle of fish to PV solar panels and their benefits include:

  • Providing you with as much as a third of your annual hot water needs

  • This can save you hundreds of pounds every year on your heating, which take up over 60% of your annual energy bills

  • A possible fixed payment of 17.3p/kWh for seven years under the Renewable Heat Incentive

  • Maintenance costs are very low and warranties normally cover between five and ten years, guaranteeing a successful experience with solar thermal

  • Adding value to your home, with potential buyers attracted by the possibility to save money every year on energy bills

  • Reducing carbon dioxide emissions with a natural, environmentally friendly energy source

Solar thermal quotes

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Solar thermal companies

Local Solar thermal Projects

Project: supply & fit solar panels to a pitched roof modular building approx 5.3m x 4m the building has 2 kitchens and 2 bathrooms (1 of each in each of 2 modules) in all there are 4 wall heaters (2 per mod...
Project: Solar panels to be fitted to heat water. Spoke to mr. Homeowner. Please contact anytime to quote. Work to commence march/april 09.
Project: Please call Mr Bridge. Property Owner. New Build within 3 miles.Requirements are from architects specification: Velux Solar Hot Water system excluding Velux solar tank. System comprises 2xCLi S06 4000...
Project: Spoke to Mr owner- Terraced georgian house is B&B. 10 rooms, lounge, kitchen, hall way, 8 bath room, he requires quote for solar hot water energy to heat and boil water for this B&B....
Project: replace existing boiler 6 hot water system with green energy efficient system we live in spain most of the time & my mob nos here is 0034 696xx xx48 LVNC
Project: Spoke to Mr Commercial Enquiry This is a day camp for gypsy's to parkup. There are a number of these camps, so could possible lead to more work. 2No. Flat thermal solar panlels mounted on the ro...
Project: Spoke to Mrs Commercial Enquiry GP practice requires solar panels for hot water please contact immed
Project: 2 Solar panels and new water tank (like for like), full 10 year gurantee . cetified DIN EN and KEYMARK. LVNC
Project: we are extending and completely renovating our house and want to be more energy effiecient. spoke to mr house owner please contact to quote
Project: Spoke to Mr Commercial Enquiry originally looking for SOLAR PANELS ON ROOF OF WAREHOUSE TO HELP WITH HEATING COSTS, but would like a quote for Solar Hot Water. please contact immed.
Project: Solar hot water system. Ridge of roof runs West-East. Currently has combi boiler. Please call daytimes.
Project: 4 square meters of evacuated tube solar water panels to be added to very energy efficient homes, to reach Code level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, and provide 10% of the developments energy req...
Project: replace present leaking solar water cylinder and reconnecting the rooftop solar collector. lvnc
Project: Spoke to mr, Homeowner, Would like quote for 2 x solar panels, Would like this done asap, Please call to arrange quote & if you cant get hold of him then send email and he will get bk to you. ...
Project: existing system consists of single small combi boiler which feeds hot water to a thermal store in the master bedroom. This thermal store is then used to provide both hot water and the heating medium v...
Project: Spoke to Mr Owner of Hotel Commercial Enquiry We are renovating a hotel and hoping to convert it to part commercial and part resident. He would like a quotation for solar Hot Water Please c...
Project: I live in a second floor, 2 bedroom , southerly facing flat . I have a large living room, passage, kitchen, a small toilet room and a small bathroom. The flat has access to a large attic above the ...
Project: We have a large 5 bedroom (5 people) house with slate roof, SW facing. We would like to install a solar hot water system, we currently have two hot water tanks supplying 2 and soon to be 3 bathroom...
Project: I have a 4 bed detatched home and require a quote for solar power to supply hot water. We have a self condensing boiler fitted. lvnc
Project: Installation of roof mounted solar panels to connect into existing oil fired boiler central heating and hot water system. lvnc

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Solar hot water activity in March 2018

Solar hot water Projects in the UK in March 2018

February 2018 January / February
South East 490 7%
Greater London 340 -15%
North West 290 4%
South West 231 -8%
East Of England 200 11%
Yorkshire & Humber 200 -5%
East Midlands 181 -22%
Scotland 143 -27%
Western Midlands 141 -12%
Wales 108 0%
Northern Ireland 60 62%
North East 30 50%
United Kingdom 2,414 -5%

Source: Numbers calculated based on the search volumes in major search engines.

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