Solar Water Heating North Wales
Solar water heating systems use solar panels, called collectors, fitted to the roof of the building. These solar panels collect heat from the sun and use it to heat up water which is stored in a hot water cylinder or thermal store. A electric immersion or gas/oil boiler can be used as a back up to heat the water further to reach the temperature you want.
There are two types of solar water heating panels:
- evacuated tubes (as in the picture right)
- flat plate collectors, which can be fixed on or in roof .
Larger solar water heating panels can also be arranged to provide some contribution to heating your home as well. However, the amount of heat provided when you actually need it is negligable, the by product if this can be over heating in the summer when you do not need home heating.
Average cost of a solar water heating installation
The cost of installing a typical solar water heating system and integrated water cylinder is around £4,800 (including VAT at 5%). the system could provide most to all of your hot water in the summer, and be used as a pre heat in the colder weather.
Earnings from Solar Water Heating
You may be able to receive payments for the heat you generate from a solar water heating system through the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive. This scheme should be launched in Summer 2014.
From August 2011, you may be able to get help with the installation costs of a new solar water heating system through the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme.
Green Deal Assistance for Solar Water Heating
Solar water heating is an eligible measure under the UK government’s Green Deal which is a funding model that lets people pay for renewable energy improvements through savings on the utility bills.
Further information on Green Deal.