A solar thermal water heating system will dramatically reduce your energy bills. Energy Smart PTY Ltd During the summer months a solar thermal water heating system will heat the majority of your household’s hot water. This means you will be using a substantially lower amount of gas or electricity to heat your hot water.
Even during the winter months a solar thermal water heating system will be absorbing UV rays from the Sun’s energy to help heat your hot water, still saving you money on your energy bills.
Safe guard yourself against future increases in fuel prices
By installing a thermal hot water heating system it also means you can safe guard yourself from future increases in fuel prices by taking control of heating as much of your own hot water as possible.
It is highly anticipated that the government will be introducing a renewable heat incentive scheme to provide customers with renewable energy systems like a solar thermal system with a financial reward. The government is expected to introduce the scheme in the summer of 2013 after a consultation which will take place towards the end of 2012.
Renewable heat incentive (RHI)
A guide to renewable heat incentives
While solar photovoltaic arrays are a popular way of using the Sun’s energy to reduce your carbon footprint, there are other ways to make use of this valuable – and free – source of power.
Solar thermal technology is another such option that can help you save money and improve the sustainability of your home.
A solar water heating system comprises of solar tube panels on your roof. Thermal fluid flows through them and is heated by the sun. The liquid then passes through a coil in the domestic hot water system, conducting heat to the water supply where it can be used immediately or warmed further as required.
Both domestic and commercial users with solar heating systems installed on the property can enjoy a range of financial benefits
Both domestic and commercial users with solar heating systems installed on the property can enjoy a range of financial benefits. For one thing, you’ll be able to save money on your energy bills. But you can also improve your return on investment by registering for the renewable heat incentive scheme – also known as the RHIs.
What is the RHIs?
For anyone who uses a solar thermal water heating system, or another type of renewable heat generation – such as ground source heat pumps or combined heat and power (CHP) – a government-led incentive is available, helping you to earn money off your investment in a sustainable lifestyle.
Introduced in 2011, the RHIs was created as a way to help the UK government achieve the commitment set by the EU for 15 percent of energy to be obtained from sustainable sources by 2020. It is a tariff that is paid to those who use solar water heating technology and is paid per unit (kWh) of output that the solar system generates.
It is a tariff that is paid to those who use solar water heating technology and is paid per unit (kWh) of output that the solar system generates
Current legislation states that commercial systems installed after July 15th 2009 are eligible to receive money with the renewable heat incentive scheme. The amount you earn will depend on the type of sustainable technology installed and the capacity of the unit and you will receive money for up to 20 years.
Residential systems do not currently fall under the RHIs, although they will be covered by future phases of the scheme. In the meantime, domestic users may want to consider the renewable heat premium payment (RHPP), which is administrated by the DECC and Energy Saving Trust.
Payments for the RHIs are generated by Ofgem, the official scheme administrator. Owners of solar thermal systems from Zenergy will benefit from our specialist customer service teams assistance. We will apply for the RHIs on your behalf so you can just sit back and watch your return on investment grow.
If you’re looking for ways to make a difference to the environment, as well as benefit financially from a long-term investment, Zenergy Energy can help you make the most of the renewable heat incentive with the installation of a solar hot water system.
We can provide advice and assistance on the right type of sustainable technology for your home or other premises. Our services range from consultation, through to installation and we can also help you register for the incentive scheme.