Solar Thermal and Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Installation in Yeovil, Somerset
The owners of this domestic property in Yeovil had previously worked with WDS Green Energy when they had a heat pump installed to provide for the heating and hot water requirements of their property however the owner, an enthusiast of renewable technology, was interested in reducing the running costs of his home further and so contacted WDS Green Energy to see if a solution could be found.
The owner was interested in installing solar photovoltaic panels on his roof of his home however it was not ideally located as it was quite shaded by nearby trees and was not south or south west facing to maximise the potential output for solar photovoltaic panels.
After several discussions and a thorough site survey by WDS Green Energy, The owner of this domestic property decided to have 2kW of solar photovoltaic panels and a 3 panel solar thermal system installed on the roof of the lean-to shed he was constructing adjacent to his home.
The solar thermal system was designed to complement the previously installed Dimplex LA 12 MI air source heat pump by acting as a pre-feed of warm water.
The 2kW solar photovoltaic array will offset the running cost of both the solar thermal system and the air source heat pump as well as reducing the owners electricity bills.
Impressed with the quick and professional installation by WDS Green Energy the owner of this domestic property had the roof of the lean-to extended to allow for another 2kW of solar photovoltaic panels to be installed. After a quick redesign this, now 4kW solar photovoltaic array, is eligible for Feed-in Tariffs even if the electricity generated is used one site.
The three solar thermal panels feed into a pre-heat tank which in turn feeds into the previously installed Dimplex LA 12 MI air source heat pump system which supplies all the heating and hot water requirements of the property.
The solar thermal installation is eligible for a grant of £600 to help cover the installation costs and the whole system (solar thermal and air source heat pump) will be eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive, which pays a tariff similar to the Feed in Tariff for the photovoltaic panel system but for renewable heat generation. The scheme is expected to begin for the domestic sector in Early 2014.