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Solar Thermal for Hot Water

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How do solar thermal for hot water 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 that 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. 

Blackwood Heating Ltd, provides a full assessment, specification and installation service for solar thermal systems in Hartlepool, ensuring that your renewable heat solution is tailored to your needs.

Benefits of solar thermal system


Hot water all year round

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.


Reduced energy bills

Once you’ve paid for the initial installation your hot water costs will be reduced because all you need is sunlight which is free.

Lower carbon emissions

Solar hot water is a green, renewable heating system and can reduce your carbon dioxide emissions.
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Is your solar thermal system right for your home?

Do you have a sunny place to put solar panels?

To maximize your solar panel system’s energy production, your system should be installed where the panels will be exposed to the most sunlight. You will need around five sq metres of roof space, which faces East to West through South and receives direct sunlight for the main part of the day. The panels don’t have to be mounted on a roof, however. They can be fixed to a frame on a flat roof or hang from a wall.

What to do if your home isn’t suitable for solar?

Solar panels are compatible with most properties, but if you live in an apartment or condo, rent your property, or can’t install solar on your roof, there are options for you too. Community solar gardens are an increasingly popular way to go solar for those who cannot or prefer not to install solar panels on their homes.

Is your current boiler compatible with solar water heating?

Many conventional boiler and hot water cylinder systems are compatible with solar water heating. If your boiler is a combination – or combi – boiler and you don’t currently have a hot water cylinder, a solar hot water system may not be compatible.

Source: Energy Saving Trust
Can I get a grant for installing a solar thermal system?

You maybe may be eligible to receive payments for the heat that you generate using the a solar thermal system, all through the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The installation costs can be partially or fully recouped subject to survey. 

Find out more here.

Source: Energy Saving Trust