In recent years we have had greater demand from our customers to install solar energy systems and we now have comprehensive knowledge and experience with these systems.
We are able to visit your location and provide you with an expert consultation on the best configuration for your solar energy system, including important considerations such as the placement of solar panels, the most suitable energy storage systems for your requirements.
All of our customers have reported that they are delighted with the solar energy systems we have installed and are making savings on energy bills and of course, making a contribution to the environment by using this renewable source of energy.
Solar water heating
Solar water heating systems use free heat from the sun to warm domestic hot water. A conventional boiler or immersion heater is then used to make the water hotter, or to provide hot water when solar energy is unavailable.
How do solar water heating systems work?
Solar water heating systems use solar panels, called collectors, fitted to your roof. These collect heat from the sun and use it to warm water which is stored in a hot water cylinder.
There are two types of solar water heating panels, they are evacuated tubes and flat plate collectors. Flat plates collectors can be fixed on the roof tiles or integrated into the roof.
A boiler or immersion heater can be used as a back up to heat the water further to reach the temperature set by the cylinders thermostat when the solar water heating system does not reach that temperature.
The benefits of solar water heating
- 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
Solar electricity systems capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic (PV) cells, enabling you to generate cheap, green electricity from sunlight.
Solar electricity systems capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic (PV) cells. The cells convert this sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting. And the good news is – PV cells don’t need direct sunlight to work – you can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day.
The benefits of solar electricity
- Cut your carbon footprint: solar electricity is green, renewables energy and doesn’t release any harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) or other pollutants. A typical home PV system could save over 1 tonne of CO2 per year – that’s more than 30 tonnes over its lifetime.
- Cut your electricity bills: sunlight is free, so once you’ve paid for the initial installation your electricity costs will be greatly reduced. A typical home PV system can produce around 50% of the electricity a household uses in a year.
- Sell electricity back to the national electricity grid: if your system is producing more electricity than you need, or when you can’t use it, someone else can use it – and you could make a bit of money.
- Store electricity for a cloudy day: if your home isn’t connected to the national grid you can store excess electricity in batteries to use when you need it.
Renewable heat is an alternative form of heating generated from sources that releases much less CO2 into the atmosphere.
To encourage more people to heat their own homes and their water the Government has created the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
The RHI is a financial incentive to promote the use of renewable heat and get people to switch their systems over.
We are happy to give you no-obligation advice you on how to get the most out of this incentive by using Solar Thermal water heating and save on your heating bills.
These set the rate for your Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments. People who join the scheme and stick to its rules, receive quarterly payments over seven years. The rates are set by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Current and future tariffs (what you get paid per kWth)
- Applications submitted
- 01/10/15 - 31/12/15
- Biomass boilers and stoves
- Air source heat pumps
- Ground source heat pumps
- Solar thermal hot water
Kilowatt-thermal (KWth) is unit of heat-supply capacity used to measure the potential output from a heating plant. So if you have a 10 kilowatt Biomass Boiler the tariff you get paid is £64.30.
The figures quoted in the table above are quoted directly from the OFGEM website