What is Solar Thermal?
Solar Thermal heats water using 1 or 2 solar panels, which are normally fitted to your roof (although bigger arrays can be ground mounted). When sunlight falls onto the surface of a panel, the energy from the sun heats a liquid within the panels which is then pumped to your hot water cylinder and used to heat up your domestic hot water. Thermal panels are robust and durable and will operate effectively on cloudy days as they don’t need direct sunlight and will also work in very cold conditions.
The added advantage of living in Cornwall and Devon means that you can benefit from longer sunlight hours.
We generally install the Kingspan range of solar thermal panels supplied by Barilla Solar. For average size houses these are normally a 1 panel or 2 panel array. These are MCS approved and are therefore eligible for RHI payments. The panels are designed for the UK climate, have high efficiency performance and are one of the most popular solar collectors on the market.
Ron has installed solar thermal at his own property to provide hot water alongside the Biomass boiler.
What is the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)?
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
The RHI is paid to domestic customers by the Government to promote the use of renewable heat. As long as you meet the requirements you will get paid per kW for 7 years on an assumed power requirement which is calculated by us the installer. It currently stands at 20.66p p/kWh and the Government announced in December 2016 that it will be keeping the RHI for Solar Thermal until at least 2020. To get an estimate of how much you may receive you can use this calculator Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Payment Calculator. If you have an up to date Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) this will make it more accurate.
Ron and the team have been installing Solar Thermal systems since 2014. We are a NAPIT registered installer which means that we comply with MCS which therefore allows our customers to receive RHI payments. All our work comes with a 5-year warranty for all the workmanship we have carried out.
Please contact us for more information or to arrange a free site survey.