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.