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Get paid for heating water for your home using energy from the sun.

Solar water heating systems use free heat from the sun to warm domestic hot water - you can also claim regular payments once your solar thermal system is installed.

The existing conventional boiler or immersion heater is used to make the water hotter, or to provide hot water when solar energy is unavailable.

The benefits of solar water heating

Hot water throughout the year: 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.

  • Claim payments for 7 years under the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive
  • Cut your bills: sunlight is free, so once you've paid for the initial installation your hot water costs will be reduced.
  • Cut your carbon footprint: solar hot water is a green, renewable heating system and can reduce your carbon dioxide emissions.

Is solar water heating right for my home?

You’ll need around five square metres of roof space which faces east to west through south and receives direct sunlight through the day.

If a dedicated solar cylinder is not already installed then you will usually need to replace the existing cylinder, or add a cylinder with a solar heating coil.

Most conventional boiler and hot water cylinder systems are compatible with solar water heating, but if your boiler is a combination boiler (combi), a solar hot water system may not be compatible. Please ask for help and advice.

Solar heating systems use solar panels, called collectors, fitted to your roof. These collect heat from the sun and use it to heat up water which 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.

Read more: How Solar Thermal Works

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for solar thermal provides a payment for every kilowatt of energy your system is designed to produce.

The calculations are done at the time or survey and depend on the type of panel fitted, the size of the cylinder and how you use the hot water.

Read more: Renewable Heat Incentive

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