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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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26 Sep

Margate (CT9)

New Solar PV Installation

2 bed semi. Roof: south west. Pitched and tiled. 1 sky light. No shading. Call anytime. Install within 1 month

26 Sep

Newcastle upon Tyne (NE3)

New Solar PV Installation

Roof: Unsure of roof direction. Pitched and tiled. Possibly slight shading. No windows on roof. Open to advice of number of panels. Install within 1 month.(...)

26 Sep

Worcester (WR5)

New Battery Installation (Solar PV)

Detached property. Property owner. 17 panels. Inverter is an Aurora . Would like battery in kitchen or garage. Install ASAP. Contact any time.

26 Sep

Ebbw Vale (NP23)

New Solar PV Installation

Solar PV. South facing roof, pitched and slate tiled. No shading and no windows. Size system - open to advise. Work timescale within 1 year. Contact anytime.

25 Sep

Abergavenny (NP7)

New Solar Thermal Installation

We about to build an extension and want to install solar thermal and underfloor heating. Also considering solar PV too.

24 Sep

Cardiff (CF15)

New Solar PV Installation

Solar PV system with batteries to go off grid.

24 Sep

New Malden (KT3)

New Solar PV Installation

New installation over one side of roof. Inverter in loft space. Possible coordination with roof renewal.

23 Sep

Swansea (SA3)

New Solar PV Installation

Roof: South. Pitched and tiled. No shading. No windows on the roof. Open to suggestions on size system. Replace within 1 month. Contact anytime.

23 Sep

York (YO24)

New Solar PV Installation

Roof is South facing. Pitched & tiled. No shading. no windows. Open to suggestion regarding system size. Install within 1 month. Contact anytime.

23 Sep

London (N18)

New Solar PV Installation

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London (N18)

New Solar PV Installation

22 Sep

Margate (CT9)

New Solar PV Installation

Roof: Call anytime. Install

22 Sep

Belfast (BT14)

New Solar PV Installation

Solar PV. South facing roof, pitched and tiled. No shading and no windows. Size system - open to advice. Work timescale ASAP. Contact anytime.

22 Sep

Warlingham (CR6)

New Solar PV Installation

Price for 6 panels and a price for 10 panels It is a new self build in the Forrest if you could give us a price that would be great

22 Sep

Shrewsbury (SY3)

New Solar PV Installation

Solar PV: South West. No shading. Advice on size of system. Timescale 1 month. Contact anytime.

22 Sep

Tonypandy (CF40)

New Solar Thermal Installation

Solar Thermal to Run U/F Heating /Hot Water in Winter and Hot Water in Summer. Combi Boiler In House only 3 years old

22 Sep

Broxburn (EH52)

New Solar PV Installation

I have a 4 bedroom house and would like to see if solar panels would be efficient on my property.

21 Sep

Haverfordwest (SA62)

New Solar PV Installation

Supply and fit of a solar pv installation. Roof isS/W facing. Pitched & slate. No shading. No windows. Open to suggestions regarding system size. Property is(...)

21 Sep

Newcastle upon Tyne (NE6)

New Solar PV Installation

Solar PV. South facing roof, pitched and slate tiled. No shading and has one window. Size system - open to advise. Work timescale within 3 months. Contact(...)

21 Sep

Ely (CB6)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar PV System

You installed our solar panels on 23rd June 2011 and they continue to work satisfactorily. We have been told that we can increase the output of our solar panels(...)

20 Sep

Cleethorpes (DN35)

New Solar PV Installation

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20 Sep

Leeds (LS25)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar PV System

Remove existing solar pv and thermal and replace after roof repairs. Scaffold provided by roofing contractor

20 Sep

Sheffield (S6)

New Solar PV Installation

Solar PV: South East facing. Pitched & Tiled. Dormer Window potentially shading. Contact anytime.

19 Sep

Preston (PR2)

New Solar PV Installation

Supply and fit of a new Solar pv installation. Roof is sw/se facing. Pitched & slate. No shading. 2 velox windows on rear facing roof. Open to suggestions(...)

19 Sep

Birmingham (B42)

New Solar PV Installation

Solar PV: Unsure which Roof faces Pitched & tiled. No shading, Timescale within 1 month. Contact anytime.

19 Sep

Stafford (ST19)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar HW System

Circulating pump need replacing. Otherwise in good order. Details of present pump are available.

19 Sep

Merthyr Tydfil (CF48)

New Solar PV Installation

Supply and fit of Solar PV with battery. Roof facing s/e. Pitched and tiled. No shading. No windows. 4kw system required. Install within 1 month. Contact(...)

19 Sep

Hexham (NE48)

New Solar PV Installation

roof installation to s-facing roof

19 Sep

Hounslow (TW4)

New Solar PV Installation

Solar PV. Unsure on the direction of the roof, pitched and tiled. No shading and no windows. Size system - open to advise. Work timescale within 5 months.(...)

18 Sep

Oswestry (SY11)

Repair/Maintenance of Solar PV System

16 panels installed on the roof already. Customer requires a quote to fit a new inverter to optimize the use of the 16 panels. Upgrade: within 3 months (...)