Solar thermal panels use energy from the sun to generate heating for your home’s water.
Generating your own heating for your water can help you save money on your energy bills. Plus, through the Government’s Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) a grant is available to customers who install a renewable heat technology in their home before 31st March 2013. With solar thermal panels you could claim a total of £300.
- A solar thermal hot water system could supply up to 60% of your hot water for free, making it a good investment for your home.
- Provides water heating all year round – even in winter.
- Reduces carbon consumption by as much as 350kg a year.
- Reliable technology – 1000s of home a year install solar thermal panels.
- Low maintenance.
- Only 5% VAT.
How solar thermal works
There are three main parts to a solar thermal system: solar panels, a heat transfer system, and a hot water cylinder.
The panels are fitted to your roof and collect heat from the sun.
The heat transfer system then transfers the heat collected to a dedicated solar hot water cylinder. The water is warmed within the cylinder and stored there for later use.
For your home to be suitable for solar thermal panels, you need a roof that is south or south westerly facing your roof ideally should not be flat.