In April 2014, the UK Government confirmed the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme for the Domestic market, in that scheme Solar Thermal Panels were included and the rate for Heat generated was confirmed at 19.2 p/kWh for a period of seven years. The scheme will cover single domestic dwellings and will be open to homeowners, private landlords, social landlords and self-builders.
With zero CO2 emissions and an inexhaustible supply of sunshine (even in the UK!) solar technology is good for the environment and is an excellent way for homeowners to reduce their carbon footprint.
Adding solar heating technology to a property reduces the potential for fluctuation in heating prices, making them an attractive option for potential buyers.
Solar thermal is a clean and sustainable method of providing homes with hot water. Choosing the correct solar panels built to the relevant standards provides a highly efficient, and an environmentally responsible and cost effective alternative to traditional energy sources.
It’s a simple solution, if you leave a black bag full of water on the ground the sunlight will warm that water. Solar thermal collectors work in very much the same way, only more efficiently. Roof-mounted solar collectors are connected to a system containing a special glycol/water solution. This heated fluid is circulated from the panel to a cylinder where the heat is transferred to produce hot water.
Potentially solar thermal systems could save you up to 70% on your annual hot water heating costs.
Contrary to belief this free energy is available throughout the year. In UK Summer month’s solar thermal could produce 100% of the energy required for heating your domestic water but good quality collectors operate not just with direct sunlight, but also diffused sunlight, (cloudy conditions)
Follow link to read more on the Official UK Government guidelines for Renewable Heat Incentive.