Solar Thermal heating systems can generate between 50-60% of your hot water. Solar Thermal heating panels are placed on a South facing roof or mounted on frames placed on a flat roof or on the ground. These panels are then angled between 15 – 75 degrees to maximise the exposure to the Sun’s rays which are used to heat water stored in a tank.
By installing a solar water heating system, not only would you be reducing your carbon footprint, you can also make savings on your energy costs. The saving generated will vary depending on the size of the property, the size of the solar water heating installation and the amount of sunlight in your area but some householders have been known to reduce their annual energy bills by anything between 30-70%. A solar water heating system will also provide you with hot water throughout the year and can be backed up by a boiler or immersion heater in the colder months when there is not as much sunlight.
Our Solar Thermal Systems are accredited and suitable for gaining the RHI.
Flat plate collectors should ideally be sited on a south facing, pitched roof facing between SW and SE.
Evacuated Tube panels offer more flexibility in siting, as the individual tubes can be rotated towards the sun, to maximise absorption. There is also the option to install tubes on flat roofs and vertically on walls.
Evacuated tubes tend to be slightly more expensive than flat panels, but they offer higher efficiency levels, especially in colder times of the year.