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Did you know that on average we spend £235 a year just on heating water, and over a quarter of our total carbon footprint comes from the energy we use in our home? With a Solar thermal system from npower you could use the sun to generate your own hot water and start reducing your heating bills.
The cost of the install will depend on the number of solar collectors, size of the cylinder and the suitability of your existing hot water system. Prices start from £4,400.
Once installed there is little or no maintenance requirements. Solar collectors come with a 20 year performance guarantee and the Solar Controller will manage your system automatically. We do recommend a service every 5-10 years to replace the glycol (solar fluid).
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government initiative to encourage more people to use renewable energy. The scheme was announced in March 2011 and will offer quarterly payments to those with renewable heat installations – including solar thermal.
Right now, the payments are only being given to commercial projects. But the second phase of the scheme, which is now set to launch in summer 2013, will see payments given to households too.
In the meantime there’s a grant to help eligible homes reduce the up-front costs of installing solar thermal – the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP).
Through RHPP it’s estimated around 7 million homes could receive a one-off payment of £300 for installing solar thermal systems. Those who’ve installed an eligible technology since 15th July 2009 can also apply subject to the panels and installer being MCS accredited, along with meeting the energy efficiency requirements of the RHI.