Solar Thermal

A Brief Overview

Unlike solar PV, a solar thermal system utilizes solar panels to heat water rather than generate electricity. It generates hot water by trapping the sun's energy and transforming it into heat, which is then used in combination with a boiler, collector, or immersion heater.

How does this Work?

  • The hot water is stored in a cylinder for subsequent use and may easily offer a significant amount of your house or business's hot water needs straight from solar energy.

  • Installing a solar thermal hot water system might cut your annual expenditures by 10% or more by utilizing the infinite resource that the sun offers.

  • In addition to allowing you to take advantage of the government-funded Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS).

  • Heating hot water accounts for around 15% -20% of a household's energy cost, which can be more if water is heated with electricity.

Your Eligibility for this Grant

  • You must ensure your loft is empty of all belongings otherwise the installation of the insulation will not be able to proceed. If the loft is converted in some way then you may wish to consider FREE Room in Roof insulation instead.

  • The loft must be accessible through a hatch and not be boarded. If currently boarded then it must be only a small area of the loft and you may wish to lift the boarding you have to proceed with the FREE grant.

  • The property should be located in England, Scotland or Wales and be heated by a gas, oil, LPG, electric boiler or electric storage heaters (ESH).

  • You must be the Homeowner, Landlord or a Private Tenant. Private Tenants must have their Landlord permission. Landlords must have an eligible ECO3 Tenant living in the property that requires insulation.

  • Also, Housing Associations can claim insulation grants if their properties are heated by any type of electric heaters and they have eligible ECO3 Tenants.

  • If your loft’s current insulation is 100mm (below joist level) then you can have it topped up to 270-400mm.

  • If you have ‘downlights’ in the ceiling under the loft then you may be required to buy £5 safety covers for each of them.