What are Solar Thermal Panels.
Solar thermal panels are a bit like the PV panels but instead of generating electricity they heat hot water directly. This means you use much less fuel to heat your hot water or central heating. These panels are extremely cost effective especially when installed at the same time as your solar PV panels.
Are there different types.
What is the Renewable Heat Incentive?
The RHI is a bit like the FIT tariff but instead of being paid for how much electricity you generate you are paid for how much heat you generate
A total of £860m has been earmarked for the RHI, to help encourage the installation of more renewable heat technologies such as solar thermal (hot water) panels, heat pumps and biomass (which use wood pellets, chips or logs), .
When will the RHI be introduced?
The first phase of the RHI, was launched in November 2011, focuses on larger industrial and commercial, as well as public and community buildings.
The householder phase was originally due to launch in October 2012, when the government’s Green Deal plan kicks in. However, this has now been delayed, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change is yet to announce when the household phase will launch.
In the meantime, in order to encourage take-up of renewable heat technologies, RHI Premium Payments are being made available from 1 August 2011. These are one-off payments to help homes cover the initial cost of getting a new renewable heating system installed. £15m has been set aside for this and will help around 25,000 households.
How will the RHI payments work?
After joining the RHI scheme, homes will receive a quarterly tariff payment for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of renewable heat they produce, measured using an installed heat meter, and payable for 20 years. Tariff levels for the household phase have not yet been set out but are likely to vary for different technologies.
Energy regulator Ofgem will be responsible for dealing with applications and payments.
Which renewable heat technologies will be eligible?
- Solar thermal heating systems
- Biomass or woodburning boilers
- Ground source heat pumps
- Air source heat pumps
You can find out more about these technologies – including how to determine whether your home will be suitable to install any of them – by receiving a free survey from one of our qualified consultants
How are solar thermal panels installed ?
Its very similar to installing normal solar panels but in this case they are connected to the water tank rather than the fuse board. If you have a very old tank this may need replacing but don’t panic hot water tanks are cheap to replace and you will get added savings as new water tanks are more insulated than old ones. We have included a drawing below to show how they are installed.
Solar thermal panels for Swimming Pools ?
This is probably the largest money saving area for any home owner. Solar hot water system for swimming pools are fantastic and are able to heat the water with no other method for nearly the whole year. Of course the system are larger that for a normal house as swimming pools contain a great deal more water. Eco Concepts are able to design solar thermal systems for any size swimming pool saving our clients large sums. In fact the feature image at the top of this page is a swimming pool system. If you would like more details please don’t hesitate to get in touch.