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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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24 Aug

Exeter (EX6)

New Solar PV Installation

Solar PV: Roof Faces South East. Pitched and tiled. No Shading. Timescale within 1 month. Contact anytime.

24 Aug

Buckie (AB56)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar PV System

I had solar panels installed in December and the " i Boost System " never worked . I had the company return and they took it away . They never came back with a(...)

24 Aug

London (E5)

New Solar PV Installation

Solar PV: Roof faces west East. ·····ed and tiled. No Shading. Timescale ASAP. Contact anytime.

24 Aug

Winchester (SO22)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar HW System

Just not working

24 Aug

Fakenham (NR219PH)

New Solar PV Installation

PV panels on pitched roof to new House to be constructed Preferred panel type to fit flush with external surface of roof tiles

24 Aug

WELLINGTON (TA21)

New Solar PV Installation

South facing. Pitched & tiled. No shading. 1 window. Open to suggestions re: system size. Install ASAP. Contact anytime.

23 Aug

Chesterfield (S42)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar PV System

Fault on system

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Hounslow (TW4)

New Solar PV Installation

S/E. Flat roof, rubber membrane. No shading. No windows. Open to suggestions regarding system size. Replace within 1 month. Contact anytime.( best available(...)

23 Aug

Halkirk (KW12)

New Solar PV Installation

To install solar panels to a building to cover business electric use over 2 buildings.

23 Aug

Milton Keynes (MK4)

New Solar PV Installation

4 bed detached. Roof: Has been told suitable for a 6kwh system! West facing. Pitched and tiled. No windows. No shading. Call anytime. Install within 1 month

22 Aug

Ross-on-Wye (HR9)

New Solar PV Installation

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Leeds (LS10)

New Solar PV Installation

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Barnsley (S70)

New Solar PV Installation

North/East & West facing. Pitched & slate. No shading. No windows. Open to suggestions regarding system size. Install within 1 month. Contact anytime.

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Llandovery (SA20)

New Solar PV Installation

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Port Talbot (SA12)

New Solar PV Installation

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Fochabers (IV32)

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Northampton (NN3)

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Hayle (TR27)

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Buckie (AB56)

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Bewdley (DY12)

New Solar PV Installation

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21 Aug

Stourbridge (DY9)

New Solar PV Installation

14 solar panels to front or 7 on front and 7 on back

21 Aug

Staines-upon-Thames (TW18)

New Solar PV Installation

Electric solar installation

20 Aug

Andover (SP11)

New Solar PV Installation

Roof: Mounted on the floor within a large garden. Open to advice of number of panels. Install within 3 months. Contact anytime.

20 Aug

Studley (B80)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar HW System

annual check/service: solar thermal system worcester 30cdi classic boiler

20 Aug

Stockport (SK6)

New Solar PV Installation

Roof; unknown which way it faces. Pitched and tiled. No shading. Windows on roof but won't affect the panels. Open to advice on size system. Install ASAP.(...)

20 Aug

Newton Aycliffe (DL5)

New Solar PV Installation

Roof: Unknown which way it faces. Pitched and tiled. No shading. No windows on the roof. Open to advice on size system. Install ASAP. Contact anytime

19 Aug

Newton Aycliffe (DL5)

New Solar PV Installation

Roof: unknown which way it faces. Pitched and tiled. No shading. No windows on the roof. Open to size system but would like a battery. Install ASAP. Contact(...)

19 Aug

Woking (GU24)

New Solar PV Installation

3 bed detached. Roof: South. Flat roof. No windows. No shading. call anytime. Install ASAP

19 Aug

Coalville (LE67)

New Solar PV Installation

INSTALL NEW SOLAR PANELS

19 Aug

Oxford (OX3)

New Solar PV Installation

Solar PV. Roof: South facing. Pitched and slate. Slight shading . 2 small windows on roof. Install within 1 month. Contact any time.