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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Local Solar thermal Projects

Project: Home Owner - New Build - completion within 3 months Detached 4 Bedrooms South West Facing Roof No Shading No Obstructions Not a conservation area Not a listed Building Supplied and Fitted 3 -...
Project: Are you the property owner: Owner of the property Property Type: Detached How many bedrooms does the property have: 3-4 Is your roof obstructed by: No obstructions What is the direction of the roof: ...
Project: Home Owner Semi Detached 4 Bedrooms South East Facing Roof No Shading No Obstructions Not a conservation area Not a listed Building Supplied and Fitted 3 - 6 Months Please call to appoint ...
Project: Home owner Bedrooms 3-4 Terrace No roof obstructions or shading More than 10sq m of roof space South-West Time scale: 1-3 months Contact to Appoint
Project: Home owner Detached 3 bedrooms No roof obstructions or shading SE/SW facing roof. 17 sq mtr of roof space Time scale: 1-3 months Contact to Appoint *
Project: Homeowner Detached Property 2 Bedrooms South East Facing roof Supplied & Fitted Please contact to appoint
Project: Homeowner Semi Detached Property 2 Bedrooms East Facing Roof Supplied & Fitted Please contact to appoint
Project: Homeowner Terrace Property 3 Bedrooms South East Roof Supplied & fitted Please contact to appoint
Project: homeowner Detached 3bedrooms No skylights No shading Customer advised south facing roof Customer advised more than 17sqm of space 1-3months Supplied and fitted Call to appoint
Project: Homeowner 3-bed end terrace East/west facing roof Roof space available No shading to roof Supplied and fitted Please contact to appoint
Project: Homeowner 3-bed semi detached South-east facing roof Roof space available No shading to roof Supplied and fitted Please contact to appoint
Project: homeowner boiler is 13 years old gas 4 bedrooms detached south roof 3-6 months please contact to appoint *
Project: Are you the property owner: Owner of the property Property Type: Semi detached How many bedrooms does the property have: 5+ Is your roof obstructed by: No obstructions What is the direction of the ro...
Project: homeowner 3 bedrooms semi-detached No obstructions South 10 sqr mtrs Supplied and fitted immediate please contact to appoint
Project: Homeowner 2-bed end terrace South-west facing roof Roof space available No shading to roof Supplied and fitted Please contact to appoint *
Project: Homeowner Solar Hot Water Panels South east facing roof 3 bed - Detached 1 occupant 1 bathroom 1 ensuite Gas boiler Boiler age - 2weeks Property age - 1980s Loft space available Fu...
Project: Home owner Semi detached Bedrooms 3-4 No roof obstructions or shading South facing roof More than 10sq m of roof space Time scale: 3-6 months Contact to Appoint
Project: Home Owner Solar Hot Water New Build - Plans Approved Detached 3 Bedrooms Supply and Fit Call to Appoint BEST TIME TO CALL AFTER 5PM.
Project: Solar Hot Water repair Home owner Solar panel water heater which is 7 years old, glycol needs to be replaced Time scale immediate Contact to Appoint
Project: Homeowner Detached Property 3-4 Bedrooms South East Facing Roof Supplied & Fitted Please contact to appoint

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Solar hot water activity in June 2018

Solar hot water Projects in the UK in June 2018

May 2018 April / May
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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Energy Performance of Houses

Homes are given an energy score dependent on how efficient they are and ratings are displayed in the data below. This varies from A, the most energy efficient, to G, the very least efficient. With a higher rating you're more likely to have cheaper energy bills as more heat will be retained in your home. You are able to improve your home's efficiency with insulation such as upvc double glazing, loft lagging or wall cavity insulation.