Government drops plans to remove solar thermal panels from financial incentive scheme
Here at Noreus, we’ve welcomed the news that the Government has dropped controversial plans to remove solar thermal panels from a financial incentive scheme.
The decision is a huge boost to families who want to cut carbon emissions and save money too.
Solar thermal technology, which uses heat from the sun’s rays to warm domestic hot water, currently qualifies for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) – but there were fears that it would be dropped in 2017.
Solar panels for hot water
Under the existing system, the RHI generates a quarterly payment for seven years for all eligible systems and was introduced to encourage people to take up renewable technology.
Solar thermal technology is becoming a popular solution and solar thermal panels are becoming a much more common sight on people’s rooftops.
It can provide hot water throughout the year and because sunlight is free, once you’ve recovered the cost of installation, hot water costs can be significantly reduced.
Now the Government has dropped plans to remove solar thermal panels from the RHI, which comes after pressure from the industry and public alike.
The Solar Trade Association (STA), which lobbied politicians to scrap the proposal, has also applauded the reversal after arguing that solar thermal would help the UK to meet its target that 12 per cent of heat will come from renewable sources by 2020.
How do solar thermal panels work?
A rooftop solar thermal system works by absorbing atmospheric heat and using this to warm water inside the panel. In turn, this is used to provide hot water for a property.
So if you’re looking to go green in 2017, solar thermal technology is a great option to think about.
Not only will it cut your carbon footprint by reducing your reliance on other external fuel sources, but it has the added bonus of requiring minimal maintenance.