Solar Thermal Installers in Suffolk, Norfolk & Essex

If you’re looking for expert solar thermal installers in Suffolk, Norfolk or Essex, then look no further than Greenfuture Energy. The clue is in the name!

Solar Thermal systems convert the suns rays to heat your hot water. They can be used to supplement your fossil fuel hot water system or they can be integrated to work with your heat pump controls. The water heated by the panels will be used first, which then lowers the cost of running the heat pump.

These systems run in a more efficient way than a Solar PV panel, so you won’t need to have so many panels fitted to your roof. They are especially beneficial if your building has a high usage of hot water, for example in hotels, residential homes or maybe you have a swimming pool. Solar thermal can provide up to 60% of domestic hot water supplies. They are also eligible for the Governments RHI payment (RHI).

Solar Thermal System Installation

Our services include solar water heating and installation, repair, servicing and maintenance from our accredited solar thermal panel installers in Suffolk, Essex & Norfolk. We’re cost-effective, professional & tidy as standard.

Isn’t it time that you found out how both you and the environment could benefit? Contact our solar thermal panel installers on 01728 604368 to discuss having a solar water heating system installed in your domestic or business property in Suffolk, Essex or Norfolk.

Benefit from Solar Heating

  • Make real savings on your utility bill
  • You could benefit from the Renewable Heating Incentive
  • Make a huge reduction to your carbon footprint
  • Integrates to your existing system
  • Minimal maintenance and hassle-free operation

Find out about Solar Hot Water Systems Today

Greenfuture Energy Ltd are the experts in helping you make savings in your fuel bill with renewable energy solutions. Request a callback today from our solar thermal panel installers for free advice on your solar water heater and to see the difference we can make to your home.

    Why Choose Greenfuture Energy?

    Whatever your requirements, there are many great reasons to choose Greenfuture Energy!

    Wide Range of Renewable Services

    We offer an impressively broad range of electrical, renewable and solution-driven services. These include (but are certainly not limited to) plumbing, boiler repairs, electrical testing, solar panel installation, and much more.

    High-Quality Workmanship

    Working to the highest possible standards, our electricians, builders, and renewable energy system installers can always be depended on for whatever job you commission us to do. The quality of our workmanship is backed up by our many certifications and positive reviews.

    TrustMark Registered

    TrustMark, NICEIC and many other organisations have given us their coveted marks of approval. This ensures the highest level of workmanship and professionalism from our team. See below for a full list of our certifications.

    Commitment to Green Sustainability

    Greenfuture is more than just a clever name – we truly believe in a greener, more sustainable future for all. Every area of our business has hard-working individuals dedicated to supplying eco-friendly solutions, from solar panels to EV charging stations.

    Years of Experience

    Our expert electricians and installers have many years of experience in their respective lines of work. We believe that experience matters a great deal in this profession, giving our technicians the knowledge and skill required to complete any job.

    What to Expect with Greenfuture

    Initial Contact

    Reach out to us via our contact form, telephone or email. At this point, you can give us your name, return number and postcode address.

    Our Callback

    Next, we’ll get back in touch with you as soon as we can to discuss your requirements, preferences, and ideal timeframe for our specialists to arrive.

    Free Property Assessment

    Our team will be dispatched at a time of your convenience to conduct a free home inspection and assessment before beginning their work.

    TrustMark-Approved Work

    Beginning work in no time at all, our specialists will make impressive progress on your electrical project.


    Once we’re done, we’ll leave any energy systems we’ve worked on in a vastly improved condition. Leave us a review to let us know how we’ve performed. 

    Solar Thermal System Installation Client Reviews

    Solar Thermal System Installation FAQs

    What are solar thermal systems?

    Solar thermal systems are systems which use solar collectors to harness the free natural energy provided by the sun and convert it into power. Installing a solar thermal system in addition to your heating system will provide you with domestic hot water heating backup and central heating backup. In doing so, you will be able to look forward to lower energy consumption and in turn, lower monthly energy bills.

    How do solar thermal systems work?

    Solar thermal panels work by transferring warmth it has absorbed from the suns rays into a series of tubes which are full of antifreeze (Glycol) mixture, this, in turn, reaches a very high temperature. It is then pumped through more pipes, which leads to a cylinder, which is placed inside the property. Inside the cylinder is a coil, which transfers its heat into your water for your taps, showers and baths and it can even be used to contribute to underfloor heating if there are sunny days during the winter.

    Solar thermal collectors come in 2 main forms:-
    Evacuated Tubes - The sun radiation strikes the evacuated tube warming up the copper heat pipe, then heats up the heat transfer fluid, which then turns to a gas and rises.
    Flat plate collectors - When it rises it transfers the stored heat to a copper heat exchanger. And then gets transferred via insulated pipes to your home.
    We will look at orientation, the elevation of the roof and what relevant shading is around to try to guarantee the maximum efficiency of the system.
    Help the environment, protect yourself from rising energy bills and earn a tax-free income for 7 years from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

    What happens when the sun doesn’t provide enough heat?

    Our solar thermal installers ensure that the solar thermal system works as additional to your current central heating and therefore if the heat from the sun is not sufficient and the water temperature gets too low, the current boiler will be fired to heat the water.

    How much do solar thermal panels cost?

    The average solar thermal panel system typically costs between £4,000 and £5,000 to install. We know, this is a hefty sum of money – but once the panels are installed, you can reap the renewable reward and watch your bills gradually decrease.

    The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) encourages homeowners to switch to renewables by offering quarterly cash payments over a seven-year period. The amount of money you receive will depend on a number of factors, including which green technology you install, the latest tariffs available, and in some cases, metering.

    Do I need planning permission for a solar thermal system?

    You won’t need planning permission for most domestic solar water-heating systems in the UK, as long as they aren’t too big. However, if you live in a listed building or a building in a conservation area, you will have to look into planning permission, which might not be granted.

    How many solar heating panels do I need?

    The number of solar thermal panels you need for your home depends on property size and average energy usage. A two-person home can use 1,700kWh of electricity annually, which could require at least eight solar thermal panels. A four-person home can use 3,400kWh and may need sixteen solar thermal panels.

    To accurately work out the number of solar thermal panels suitable for your household, there is a simple mathematical formula you can use.

    1. Calculate the daily electricity use by referring to your previous bills.
    2. Work out the average daily sunshine hours in your area. One of the best sources we have found for this is the Met Office where they’ve listed an average amount of sunshine hours in each individual month.
    3. Figure out the daily electricity output of a solar panel using sunshine hours. Take the wattage of the solar panel that you are considering installing and times it by the average sunshine hours.
    4. Divide the electricity output of a solar panel by your daily electricity usage.

    Do solar thermal systems require maintenance?

    Just like with most heating energy systems and machines that are subject to frequent use, your solar thermal system will require regular maintenance. This is because there are intricate components within the system that need to be always kept in a good working condition, including the pump and flow valves.

    It is advisable to have a specialist service your solar thermal system every 1-2 years to minimise the costs of running and maximise the amount of renewable energy and heat your panels are producing. Regular maintenance helps to prolong the life of your renewable energy system, too.

    A typical service would include several checks on the different parts of the solar thermal system. Some of these checks would be performed on the solar circuit, electrical elements, pipework and insulation, controller’s parameters, wiring and functionality. Where there is a water cylinder, the technician would analyse its position, controls and look for any potential leaks.

    What is a passive solar heating system?

    A passive solar heating system refers to building homes with materials that absorb heat during the day and disperse it at night, keeping your house at a comfortable temperature. This heating system is called passive because it doesn’t require any technology to make it work. It relies solely on sunshine.

    Despite being a passive system, there is a multi-step process that occurs for your house to get heated up.

    1. Sun rays pass through the windows and get ‘collected’.
    2. They are then absorbed by thermal mass which can be a dark coating of paint on top of a surface.
    3. The thermal mass stores the heat and releases it into your home in three different ways - via radiation, convection, and conduction.
    4. For the heat to stay inside the home, there is a system of processes working in unison, namely roof overhangs, vents and sensors that can detect any problems going on with the heating.