The most abundant free energy on Earth is light from the sun. Solar panels convert light energy into electricity to power domestic electrical equipment, such as lighting and kitchen appliances. As solar technology has moved on at a rapid pace over the past two decades, solar panels have seen a dramatic decrease in price. This means they are a suitable way for most homes and businesses to cut costs and drastically reduce CO2 levels.

How do Solar Panels work?

Solar thermal systems or solar water systems capture free heat from the sun and use it to heat up water for use in the home. It’s a simple process: Panels or collectors on your roof absorb heat from the sun, the water heats up as it passes through the panel, this hot water is pumped through a coil in your cylinder, which then transfers the heat to the water in the cylinder.

The solar panels are mounted on the roof and they should be at an angle between 20 – 50 degrees from horizontal and get direct sunlight to get the best results. The panels don’t require direct sunlight to work as they also respond to diffused light which means they still harness light energy on overcast days.

Solar panels are suitable with hot water systems, however you will need a new cylinder that’s large enough to hold two day’s worth of water and two coils.

Solar thermal panels should provide most of your hot water from April to September, and make a beneficial contribution in the months on either side of that period.

What are the benefits?

Solar panels have become increasingly popular in the last few years as the price has come down due to efficiencies in production. Many households have benefitted from this cost effective and environmentally friendly technology, which include;

• Free, non-polluting, noise free energy from the sun which can reduce your energy bills.

• Solar thermal panels are an eligible heating system for the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The RHI is a scheme to incentivise people to install renewable heating systems on their property. You could receive quarterly cash payments over seven years.

• Add value to your home by making it more energy efficient for potential buyers.

• The system works all year round, though you’ll need to heat the water further during the winter months with a boiler.

• Reduced energy bills. Sunlight is free, so once you’ve paid for the initial installation your hot water costs will be reduced.

• Lower carbon footprint. Solar hot water is a green, renewable heating system and can reduce your carbon dioxide emissions

Why choose Home Renewables?

Our dedicated, responsive and friendly team can help you in choosing and installing a new, state of the art solar system in your home. We realise not every home is the same, which is why we aim to provide you with a bespoke service so you can get the most out of your solar technology.

You will have a dedicated project manager who will work with you from your free consultation to the installation and signing off of your system. If you would like any information on your new system or have any questions, you will have a direct telephone number to your project manager who is available 24/7 to assist you.

You can feel assured that our hard working and friendly engineers will install your new system with a minimum of fuss and to the highest degree of workmanship and quality.

Unlike most renewable energy engineers, we can install other renewable technologies to complement each other and cut energy bills even more. For example, you could have an air-to-water heat pump and solar panels fitted as part of the same system. The solar panels can heat your water when generating energy from sunlight and the heat pump takes over when there is less sunlight.

Contact us today to arrange your free consultation.