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  • Reducing energy bills
  • Free hot water
  • Washing and bathing
  • Heated swimming pools
  • Reducing Co2 impact
  • Low cost installation

Solar Water Heating

Solar water heating systems use the sun’s free energy to heat fluid in panels on your roof. This can then be used to supply heat to your general hot water system or something more specific such as a swimming pool. Intelligent Energy Solutions provide solar water heating that will heat water even on a cloudy day.

This type of solar thermal collector is designed to use the sun's energy to generate hot water for both domestic and commercial use. It does this by transferring heat from the panel to a storage cylinder. This type of solar panel does not generate electricity, however they can be integrated with a heat pump system. Click the link below to find out about how the government will pay system owners to generate heat, the new scheme is called the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

When water heating is required, but sufficient energy from the sun is not available, it is usual for domestic systems to have a hot water back up system. A conventional boiler, combi boiler, geothermal or air heat pump heating system can then be used to add the extra heat the water requires.

Depending on specific usage, we would expect a properly specified solar water system to provide between 30 and 70% of your hot water needs over a year.

Solar water heating

solar thermal system - Rothley, Leicester

Types of Solar Heating Panels

There are a number of different types of solar panels. Solar panels can also be described as solar collectors. The UK typically utilises two types of solar water heating collector.
  • Flat plate Solar Water Collectors / Panels
  • Evacuated Tube Solar Water Collectors
You can find out more about solar evacuated tubes vs solar thermal flat plate panels in the 'System Options' tab above.

Intelligent Energy Solutions have three branches that cover the whole of England and Wales. These branches are based in Leicester in Dorset, Leeds in West Yorkshire and in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. This means that we are geographically close to Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Please feel free to give us a call to discuss your solar thermal or general renewable energy requirements.

For more information visit our news and discussion journal (link above) about solar water heating panels and collectors.


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