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Schematics for solar heating panels, installations and installers.

Solar heating panels.




Solar panel suitability.


Solar heating panels is the grandfather of solar technology

Generate hot water with traditional solar heating panels. Also known as flat-plates, these heat water and reduce immersion coil usage.

Not suitable for homes with a combi-boiler.



Flat-plate.

Installing solar heating panels is like converting a car into a hybrid that runs on LPG. Your home will operate efficiently while extending boiler life.

From March to October, your boiler won't need to be switched on.



The science bit.

Solar panels heat-up due to short-wave radiation output converting to long-wave on impact.

Temperatures from 40-80° Celcius.



A word to the wise.

Today, we advocate installing PV for various reasons.

We recommend installing photovoltaic solar panels working alongside a heat converter.

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"A popular solar technology before PV."


Solar water heating panels in the UK.


A different perspective.

Before the advent of photovoltaics, solar heating was King.

Free water heating from the sun is not for everyone. The problem is that many people have Combi boilers with no storage tank. If this is your situation, then I would recommend Self-generation instead.

A common misconception is they only work on hot sunny days. This myth is untrue, although they do operate at peak temperatures on those days.

As more people encounter high energy bills, solar panel adopters will keep those outgoings low far into the future.


Questions about solar heating panels


Roof orientation?

Most homes are suitable. If you have a S/SE/SW or east/west facing roof space, then great.Your internal plumbing needs to be checked for compatibility too.

Find local MCS installers. Check your roof orientation.


What do solar heating panels cost?

The cost of a solar heating system depends on several factors. Your water tank size determines the number of tubes required though.

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How does it work well in the UK?

The UK receives 60% of the sun's radiation compared with the equator. Each square metre of the UK receives between 900 to 1,300 kWh annually of the sun's radiation each year.



How do solar heating work?



Do solar heating panels work in the UK climate?

The UK receives 60% of the sun's radiation compared with the equator. Each square metre of the UK receives between 900 to 1,300 kWh annually. All can be captured and diverted into your hot water tank with evacuated tubes.


What about combi boilers?

Combi boilers aren't possible in most cases. We would need to re-install a hot water tank. Most homes with Combi's won't have the space to install a hot water tank.



Can I install solar heating myself?

In most cases no. However, if you're Part P electrical accredited, then it may be possible to install in a DIY capacity.

All solar heating panel installations must be carried out and commissioned by an accredited MCS installer only.



Is there a danger that it could get too hot?

The system may never rise above 85° Celcius.



Can you upgrade my hot-water tank?

Older 'copper' hot water tanks run exceptionally inefficiently, especially after many years of use. Limescale will reduce performance even further.

When installing a solar heating system, it's essential to establish a modern more efficient tank to get the most out of your system.



Does it contribute towards my central heating?

We would need to check your management system is suitable. In most cases, solar heating can contribute to your central heating via underfloor heating.



How long will it take you to install?

Two or three days in most cases.



Do I require planning permission?

Listed buildings, conservation area homes, national parks may require permission. Please consult with your local planning officer.



How long will I be without running water?

Normally only 4-5 hours.



Do solar heating panels work on cloudy days?

This question depends on the density of the cloud. In average cloud density, solar panels use passive energy. With dense cloud cover, probably not.



Can you upgrade my hot-water tank?

Does your tank has an unused twin coil? In most cases, we update the hot water tank to allow a secondary connection to the evacuated tube system.



How long do solar heating panels last?

A system will easily last twenty-five years.



"We chose to have the solar panels installed as we already have free hot water from an existing solar heating system. This is truly making our home into a green home - and we feel proud that we're now on the way to becoming 80% energy independent."


Mrs. Gregson, Weston-super-mare.



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