Solar Hot Water systems often referred to as Solar Thermal uses the power of the sun to heat up transfer fluid inside the solar collectors which are usually installed on the roof of your home or office.
A pump then circulates this fluid through your Hot Water Cylinder inside the property giving you free Hot Water.
Solar Hot Water panels are compatible with most existing hot water systems however, you may need a new cylinder fitted with two coils and Ideally it should be large enough to hold two days worth of hot water.
Results from trials by the Energy Saving Trust show that a well designed Solar Thermal installation if correctly used can produce up to 60% of a homes hot water requirements.
The system should provide most of your Hot Water requirements between April and September and can also make a worthwhile contribution outside of this period reducing the amount of energy used by your boiler or immersion heater.
You could also claim Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (DRHI) for your installation, this is a government incentive that could provide you with money towards renewable heating costs in your home.
Payments are made for seven years and are based on the estimated heat demand of your home and the technology you have.
Homeowners, including self-builders and private or social landlords in England can apply however, new build properties will not normally be eligible. The only real exception is if you’re building your own home.