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Solar Thermal

Solar thermal energy (STE) is a technology used to provide heat for homes.

How does Solar Thermal Work?

The method (also referred to as solar water heating) works by installing solar panels on the roof of a property to gather energy from the sun. This energy is used to heat water which is then used to generate central heating and provide hot water.

Solar panels are made up of cells which contain liquid. It’s this liquid which absorbs solar radiation (energy) which heats up. The roof solar panels are connected to a hot water cylinder via pipes which allows the heat to be transported. When heat is gathered in the water cylinder it can then be used by the boiler for distribution.

Pros of Solar Thermal

  • Solar thermal is a renewable energy gathered from a free resource – the sun. Other than the initial installation cost and maintenance there are no other fees or bills related to this type of energy.
  • A key advantage of this technology is reduced heating bills as you will rely less on oil or gas to heat your property.
  • Another key benefit is fewer carbon emissions, a reason why this type of technology is so favoured by the Government.
  • People who install renewable technologies such as solar thermal may also qualify for the upcoming Renewable Heat Incentive, which sees applicants receive payments in relation to type of green technology they use.

Cons of Solar Thermal

  • As solar thermal energy relies on the sun it is not a completely independent system so you will need a boiler or immersion-heater through the winter months to guarantee you have hot water.
  • Installing solar panels can be costly, although the price has come down considerably over the last couple of years. The price is related to the size of system you buy and the Energy Saving Trust estimates that a typical installation can cost around £5,000.

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Latest Job requests posted in the United Kingdom

10 Feb

Carmarthen (SA33)

New Solar PV Installation

South facing room . Pitched and slate. 2 Chimneys. no windows. Open to suggestions regarding system size. Install within 1 year. Contact anytime.

10 Feb

Bromley (BR2)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar HW System

Customer is looking for Solar thermal system maintenance, the system is approx 1 year old. Service: asap Contact: anytime.

10 Feb

Peterborough (PE1)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar HW System

Solar thermal hot water maintenance. Hot water is not working. System is approx 8 years old. Repair: asap Contact: anytime

09 Feb

Tonbridge (TN9)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar PV System

Need a refit of system due to cowboys.

09 Feb

Leicester (LE5)

New Solar PV Installation

Roof facing south west. Pitched roof, tiles. No shading. 1 window. 4.5 kw system required. Replace within 1 month. Contact anytime.

08 Feb

Woking (GU22)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar PV System

Hi I have been given a quote for some works on solar panels and would like to get a comparison quote. Please note I am not sure if they are for hot water or(...)

07 Feb

Bridgwater (TA6)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar HW System

Hi I have a solar thermal tube system - it's been installed for 3-4 years and requires servicing and performance checking. Thanks

07 Feb

Birmingham (B29)

New Solar PV Installation

solar panels

07 Feb

LOCHGILPHEAD (PA31)

New Solar PV Installation

this is a new build in Tayvialich and we require 4 X PV electric panels to gain our SAP result. please quote for supply and fit.

07 Feb

Ambleside (LA22)

New Solar PV Installation

Installation of domestic solar panels and associated wiring and equipment. Advise on solar thermal heating will be a secondary priority this year, also.

05 Feb

Prestonpans (EH32)

New Solar PV Installation

Roof direction not known. Chimney & 1 window. Open to suggestions regarding the system size. 8 X panels. Replace within 3 months. Contact after 1pm - before 8pm

05 Feb

London (E14)

New Solar PV Installation

50 Kw Total PV installation on two buildings including two G59 connections

05 Feb

Derby (DE65)

New Solar PV Installation

Solar PV. Unsure on the direction of the roof, pitched, corrugated roof. No shading and a few windows. Work timescale within 1 year. Call anytime.

04 Feb

Bolton (BL2)

New Solar PV Installation

South & North Facing roof. Pitched and tiled. No shading. 2 x velox windows. Open to suggestions regarding system size. Replace within 1 year. Contact anytime.

04 Feb

Ashford (TN25)

New Solar PV Installation

Current PV system in place to install gadget off consumer unit. Contact anytime. Timescale ASAP.

04 Feb

Epsom (KT17)

New Solar PV Installation

Remove extg PV and install new PVs to existing slate roof

04 Feb

Bradford (BD13)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar PV System

removal of four panels and replace when repair to roof is finished scaffold will be all ready be erected

03 Feb

Peebles (EH45)

New Solar PV Installation

New build solar PV and other energy systems

03 Feb

Scunthorpe (DN17)

New Solar PV Installation

Solar PV: L Shaped Roof facing south. Pitched and tiled. No shading. Timescale within 1 month. Contact anytime.

01 Feb

Southampton (SO40)

New Solar Thermal Installation

I require a general quote for the cost of materials and installation for hot water solar PV system.

01 Feb

Warwick (CV35)

New Solar PV Installation

Sports club. We have many lights and also water to heat during day. Large flat roof facing South South East.

31 Jan

Shaftesbury (SP7)

New Solar Thermal Installation

Roof faces south. Already has panels on one side of the roof but would like additional panels on the other side. Roof: Pitched and tiled. Shading: none. No(...)

31 Jan

Shaftesbury (SP7)

New Solar PV Installation

additional solar panels to existing system and new solar water panels

30 Jan

Pontefract (WF9)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar HW System

Service/maintenance of solar thermal system.

28 Jan

Oldham (OL4)

New Solar PV Installation

Solar PV. Roof: South facing. Pitched and tiled. No shading . No windows on roof. Not sure on size . Install within 1 month. Contact anytime .

28 Jan

Paisley (PA2)

New Solar PV Installation

Solar panels

28 Jan

Minster-on-Sea (ME12)

New Solar PV Installation

New Build - in line PV panels required - can supply resonable spec if you send me email

28 Jan

Kelso (TD5)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar HW System

Service contract/Maintenance

28 Jan

Sheffield (S17)

New Solar Thermal Installation

Semi-detached, will carrying out loft conversion, re-roofing & extension soon. Need advise/quote on the following systems; solar hot water, solar PV, GSHP.

27 Jan

Manchester (M22)

New Solar PV Installation

Solar PV. Roof: East/West facing. Pitch and tiled. No shading from next doors house. No windows on roof. Wants a 4kw system. Install within 1 month. Contact(...)