The installation of a Solar thermal system will give you hot water from the sun all year Round. The tubes that we use are highly efficient in converting sunlight and transferring it to your hot water cylinder. this is acheived by having an array of tubes connected to a header and a pump. using a control systme that detects temperature differnces between the bottom of the cylinder and the collector to poerate the pump. any shortfall in hot water is the auutomatically topped up by an auxillary source i.e a boiler or immersion heater. Tubes nowadays are highly effic ient at converting light to heat.
Ther are a number of benefits to Solar Thermal.
- Money back through the RHPP and RHI see the RHI and RHPP pages.
- Hot water throughout the year: the system works all year round, though you'll need to heat the water further with a boiler or immersion heater during the winter months.
- Cut your bills: sunlight is free, so once you've paid for the initial installation your hot water costs will be reduced.
- Cut your carbon footprint: solar hot water is a green, renewable heating system and can reduce your carbon
- dioxide emissions
Costs for a typical solar water heating system is around £4,500 to £5500
Savings When the RHI comes in to force in June it will bring down the actual payback time for the consumer and deliver greater benefits for fitting Solar thermal systems than before. Rates are yet to be finalisd but the amount paid will be per KWH every system produces. SEE below
Maintenance costs are very low. Most solar water heating systems come with a 5-10 year warranty and require little maintenance. You should take a look at your panels every year and have them checked more thoroughly by an accredited installer every 3-5 years, or as specified by your installer
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have announced that the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is expected to be launched in June 2011. It is designed to provide financial support to encourage the uptake of renewable and low carbon heat technologies like heat pumps. It is currently in a planning stage and no final decisions have yet been made by DECC.