Power My Home solar panels in the UK.

Solar heating panels and installations

"Thermal refers to "heating-generation" plates. Learn about traditional solar known as flat-plate solar panels. These heat water and reduce immersion coil usage. Your home's heating system will operate more efficiently while extending boiler life. From March to October, your traditional boiler won't be necessary."

Stuart Lovatt
Creator of Power My Home.

Schematic for a solar heating installation in the UK.

"Our solar heating system heated all the hot water we could ever need in summer - plenty to fill our big double corner bath - and made a huge difference in our electric water heating bill even in winter months, it might only heat the water to tepid, but I'm seeing winter energy costs are much less."
Mr. Atkinson, Barnstaple.

Solar heating panels and efficiency.

Solar panels for heating systems.

The science bit.

Solar heating panels heat due to short-wave radiation converting to long-wave on impact. A popular solar technology before the advent of evacuated tube systems:

Common questions about solar heating panels

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?

Yes, it is possible to self-install with local tradespeople.

Is there a danger that it could get too hot?

The system may never rise above 85° Celcius. Low-E (low iron) glass prevents heat loss. Low-iron glass has less reflective and increased absorbing properties. These use a unique 'low-iron' glass formula that has reduced reflective properties and increased absorption. Each solar tube works similar to a thermos flask. Once absorbed, heat becomes trapped.

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 an efficient tank to get the most out of your system.

Do I require planning permission?

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

How long will I be without running water?

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.


Length: 2206mm x Width: 1205mm x Height: 100mm.
Weight per panel: 55 kg.
Aperture Area: 0.995 m2
Efficiency: 95%.
Fluid Capacity: 550m.

The history of solar heating.

This technology was invented in 1896 by simply painting boxes black with glass bottles filled with water that trapped solar energy to heat the water inside. William Bailey created the first thermosyphon system that led to successful commercialisation. Solar thermal technology has come a long way, improving its efficiency using insulation technology, but the general premise hasn't changed.

New world savvy.

"I've witnessed many fantastic changes, innovations, and installation companies come and go. My fellowship with ethically-minded MCS solar panel installers goes back decades. Today, I offer my experience to ensure you gain real independence from this crazy geopolitical world."

Stuart Lovatt
Power My Home Solar Panels
Sundial House, 44 Panton Road, Chester CH2 3HX.
01244 722 607
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Est. 2004.