About Solar Thermal

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.

Solar Thermal runs 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 Water Heating Installation

Our services include solar water heating and solar thermal installation, repair, servicing and maintenance from the accredited solar water heating installers in Suffolk, Essex & Norfolk. We’re cost-effective, professional & tidy when installing your solar water heating system.

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

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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 an 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 under floor 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, 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 themal 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.

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