- After the installer’s measured up, given you an estimated output and recommended some systems for you, they’ll arrange date to come to your home to install the solar thermal panels. They’ll also let you know if any scaffolding will be required.
- Next, they will start to fit the panels, or collectors, to your roof. Stainless steel brackets will be provided with the system and they will remove your roof tiles or slates to attach the brackets to the rafters. They’ll then replace the tiles and add waterproof flashing to ensure you don’t get any roof leaks, and add the frame.
- If you’ve chosen evacuated tube solar thermal panels, the installer will bolt the heat transfer unit to the top of the frame but not install the tubes until nearer the end. This is because the tubes start to transfer heat to the exchanger immediately, and when everything is unconnected this could damage the unit.
- If you don’t need a new boiler with your installation, a new dual coil water cylinder, pump and system control system will be fitted. It’s best in a loft or upper floor of your home.
- A new thermal store or hot water tank that will store the heat provided by the solar system is much larger than a standard tank but it may fit in the spot of your old one. The installer will ensure that it’s connected to the mains cold water, your other heating source (such as a gas boiler or biomass boiler), immersion heater, temperature sensors and the solar collectors themselves.
- Next they will install the pumping station, usually near the water tank. The expansion tank will be installed on the solar thermal loop, which is usually nearby. Its job is to prevent pressure changes that could damage the system.
- You’ll get a heat generation meter which must be MCS-certified if you want to take advantage of the RHI, and any control equipment that comes with the system will be installed.
- The installers will then bring the system to pressure by pumping the heat transfer liquid into the system up to a pressure of around 2 bar.
- Finally, your MCS-registered installer will register your solar thermal system so you can apply for RHI payments of up to £525 per year. So that’s the process of installing solar thermal panels. Remember – it's always best to use a professional to install any kind of renewable technology.
The London Borough of Islington is a London borough in Inner London. It was established in 1965 by merging the previous metropolitan boroughs of Islington and Finsbury, however the merged entity remains the second smallest borough in London as well as the third smallest district in England. It covers a total area of 5.74 square miles. The local authority is Islington Council.
The 2011 Census revealed that Islington has the highest population density of local authorities in England and Wales, with 13875 people per square kilometre. Based on population estimates collected during 2014, Islington has a permanent population of around 221030 people. Islington also has ten tube stations within its boundaries, with connections by the tube to all around London. In 2011, the main forms of transports that residents used were the underground, metro, light rail and tram, which were employed by 19.4 per cent of all residents. Another 10.3 per cent used the bus, as well as 10.3 per cent being the figure for people who would walk.
The borough is recognised as the home to football club Arsenal, one of the most successful clubs in England and Emirates Stadium, which is one of the largest football stadiums in Britain. Other notable attractions range from the London Canal Museum along with the King's Head Theatre.