solar panels

Discussion in 'DIY' started by ordinaryforces, Nov 2, 2011.

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  1. Hi has anyone fitted solar panels for water heating?
    Is it a con or is it worthwhile in a normal domestic situation?
  2. if you have a few grand to throw around yes.....along with a photo voltaic systemyou can generate your own and sell elastictrickery back to the grid at around 40 English pence a unit
  3. or if ur skint..there are always rent a roof schemes where you get the panels for free.....the installer maintains the have free/cheap elastictrickery and the installer gets the feed in tariff for the next 20 / 25 yrs
  4. **** me ..Ive actually managed to give a serious reply to a the bar me thinks
  5. Use search -already a thread on this.
  6. not a 100% but i think from the 3 dec 2011 the rate for buy back goes down form 42p to about 25p so better get your skates on. i am free for install give you good price:)
  7. I'm in plumbing and heating, and personally. I think it isn't worth a light.

    If it was simple and cheap and the gear lasted a long time, it would be worth it, but as the snake oil salesmen who run the industry have control, none of these factors work..... it's the equivalent of a Ferrari on the drive.

    You only get a saving of around £200 a year on hot water for an outlay of £10,000, and when something goes wrong, they scrap the lot and reccomend their "Newer better system" usually long before the "Payback" of the old system.

    Myself, I've put in a wood burner, much more cost effective, if you can source cheap wood, which I can.
  8. thanks for replies...but its not the generating of electricity I'm concerned's just the thinghy that heats up water with daylight, photo cell something.
  9. We had one fitted last year and we didn't need to heat the water all summer, which was surprising up here in the frozen north....... couple of years back there was a scheme called the Fife initiative and we got thething fitted for about £1500,(sneaky bastards didn't go over the top advertising it ,I came across it by accident,but it finished at the end of last year) but it needed a different cystern(£200)to save major refitting of the airing cupboard. Not yet done a proper comparison with last year, as the power and gas prices have shot up, but like I said , all summer no gas for heating so has to be cheaper..... the full cost without grants is ,I think , around £5k. get in touch with energy saving trust(google)
    On a sunny winter day the collector shows about 70 degrees , the tank heats up to about 20C. work out yourself if its going to save you by warming the water from 20 to 65 degrees ( cutoff temp) or from about 6 degrees to 65 (water straight from the pipes)

    if you want any more info PM me, glad to help if needed
  10. TheIronDuke

    TheIronDuke LE Book Reviewer

    Let me guess.. Polish? No. I am getting Fergal on the back pallete? Hmmm.. Nah. I am bored now. **** off.

    The Solar job is the next big thing. The FIT will go down from 42p to half that, but the cost of the panels has gone down by half too. A year ago we were doing 4kw installs for £12 - £10k. Today we can do them for £8k. With the new Sony panels we'll be doing them for... dunno. Maybe £6k by Feb next year?
  11. This you?

  12. Bump - I'm considering this too. Never going to be able to afford it but I like toying with the idea.
  13. I looked at this in some depth in SA where the panels are cheaper and there's more sunlight. Unfortunately, it was not economically viable - the break even point was about 5 years and the panels and associated gubbins only had a 10 year expectancy.

    All that said, I think there was a scheme in the UK whereby you get the solar installation almost free due.