SERVICES

Solar Water Heating


Heat water for your home using energy from the sun.

Solar water heating systems use free heat from the sun to warm domestic hot water. A conventional boiler or immersion heater can be used to make the water hotter, or to provide hot water when solar energy is unavailable.



The benefits of solar water heating

  • Hot water throughout the year: the system works all year round, though you'll need to heat the water further with a boiler or immersion heater during the winter months.
  • Cut your bills: sunlight is free, so once you've paid for the initial installation your hot water costs will be reduced.
  • Cut your carbon footprint: solar hot water is a green, renewable heating system and can reduce your carbon dioxide emissions.

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How do solar water heating systems work?

Solar water heating systems use solar panels, called collectors, fitted to your roof. These collect heat from the sun and use it to heat up water which is stored in a hot water cylinder. A boiler or immersion heater 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
  • flat plate collectors, which can be fixed on the roof tiles or integrated into the roof.

Larger solar panels can also be arranged to provide some contribution to heating your home as well. However, the amount of heat provided is generally very small and it is not normally considered worth while.

Costs, savings and earnings

The cost of installing a typical solar water heating system is around £3,000 to £5,000 (including VAT at 5%). Savings are moderate - the system could provide most of your hot water in the summer, but much less during colder weather.

Savings

Solar water heating systems can achieve savings on your energy bills. Typical savings from a well-installed and properly used system are £60 per year when replacing gas heating and £70 per year when replacing electric immersion heating; however, savings will vary from user to user.

Earnings

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.

Our Domestic Service

We offer a full design and installation service for solar panels, tiles or slates – as appropriate - from 1.0kWp right up to 4.0kWp systems on a single phase, or up to 17.0kWp on a three phase system.

An initial consultation will enable us to fully understand our customers’ individual requirements, after which we will be in a position to recommend a bespoke solution to fit in with your property and budget limitations.

You will be provided with a report clearly illustrating projected annual savings and income, set against up-front installation costs – enabling you to be comfortable with the decisions you make.

As with all Solid Renewables projects, we will keep you fully informed all the way through the design, installation, commissioning and handover process; using only fully qualified and accredited staff.

We aim to exceed our customers’ demands and requirements and all contractors/staff have sound training to install our systems; every installation is undertaken to the highest standard.

Our Commercial Service

Saving you money in the short-term, making you money in the long-term and helping you to meet business sustainability targets – investing in solar just makes good commercial sense.

We can work with your business directly, taking the installation all the way from design to delivery, or join you at a particular stage of your project. Our service covers:

You will be provided with a report clearly illustrating projected annual savings and income, set against up-front installation costs – enabling you to be comfortable with the decisions you make.

As with all Solid Renewables projects, we will keep you fully informed all the way through the design, installation, commissioning and handover process; using only fully qualified and accredited staff.

We aim to exceed our customers’ demands and requirements and all contractors/staff have sound training to install our systems; every installation is undertaken to the highest standard.

  • Design and consultation
  • Installation and project management
  • Paperwork: Planning and Code for Sustainable Homes requirements, grant funding applications, Feed-in Tariff and Renewable Heat Incentive applications, grid connection applications, Energy Performance Certificates
  • Operations and maintenance
  • System monitoring
  • Handovers and staff training in system management and monitoring

We are also happy to support you as part of a bigger team, working through construction, Mechanical engineer and Electrical contractors, or alongside architects and energy consultants.

Solar for Farms

Do you have land or buildings that can be utilised to reduce your energy spend and create a revenue stream?

Farms make fantastic sites for solar. Vast roofs and expanses of unused land are ideal locations for large systems that can offset high daily electricity consumption, as well as provide an income stream through the Feed-in Tariff (FIT).

Do you have a high hot water demand? Dairies, food processing units, abattoir facilities and campsites are ideal beneficiaries of Solar systems. Thanks to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), a well-designed Solar installation will allow you to control your operating costs and provide a reliable income.

As a high-energy user, the savings alone often provide an adequate return on your investment; however, with the FIT and RHI, your combined return on investment is likely to be as much as 10%.