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Solar Thermal FAQs

Solar Thermal – FAQs

 

Why should I choose Solar Thermal?
Where do Future Supply Install?
Why should I choose Future Supply?
Do I need planning permission?
Is my home suitable?
What maintenance will I have to do?
How do I get the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)?
Will the panels still heat my water on a cloudy day?
What is the life expectancy of the system?
What happens during the installation and how long will it take?
Do I pay tax on my returns?
What happens if I sell my house?
What about my home insurance?

Why should I choose Solar Thermal?

The Government’s programme to gain 15% of the UK’s energy demand from renewable sources by 2020 means that there are a range of financial opportunities available for households looking to install a solar thermal system:

  • The Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive will guarantee you an income for 7 years.
  • If your installation is before March 2014, you may be eligible for a one-off grant under the Government’s Renewable Heat Premium Payment to help with the cost of installation.
  • Installation may be eligible for finance under the Government’s Green Deal.

A well-insulated and properly used system could provide around 60% of a household’s yearly hot water. This means typical energy bill savings of £60 per year when replacing gas heating and £85 per year when replacing electric immersion heating.

With electricity, gas and oil prices continuing to rise, it’s a great time to start saving on your energy bills by installing a solar thermal system.


Where do Future Supply Install?

We cover a wide area including Wiltshire, Bath, and Swindon. If you’re not sure if you are in our catchment area, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll let you know.


Why should I choose Future Supply?

Future Supply is fully accredited/registered and consists of a team of very experienced engineers. We offer a hassle free service and will design and install the best system for your needs without compromising on the quality of our service or the products used; we even include a free 10 year insurance backed guarantee.

There are many renewable energy companies out there but not all of them can offer the experience, professionalism and expert knowledge of our team. We are an established, reputable local company and are happy to have a friendly chat about your needs without any pressure or obligation.

See what are customers have to say about us.


Do I need planning permission?

Generally planning permission is not required unless the installation is to be on a listed building or within a national park. Future Supply will advise on whether planning permission is needed on an individual basis and can guide you through the process if necessary.


Is my home suitable?

Most homes are suitable for a solar thermal installation. South-facing roofs are ideal but systems can still be very productive on an east or west facing roof. Future Supply will advise you if your roof is suitable or offer an alternative site for your system if possible.

We will only recommend an installation if you are going to benefit from it.


What maintenance will I have to do?

Our systems are well-installed and should not require any significant maintenance. It is however recommended to have the system serviced every 1-2 years and to have the water/fluid replaced every 5 years. Should you have a problem, Future Supply offer 24 hour call out 365 days a year with no call out charges.


How do I get the RHI?

Although the RHI tariffs for the domestic sector have now been set, the scheme does not go live until spring 2014. In the meantime, householders can apply for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP). This is a one-off grant to help with the cost of installing renewable heating systems before the RHI system goes live.

As part of the eligibility criteria for the RHI and the RHPP, householders must now have a Green Deal Assessment carried out on their home.

Future Supply has all the knowledge and information to help you through this process and will try to make it at simple as possible.


Will the panels still heat my water on a cloudy day?

One of the key things to remember is that solar panels work on the light, not the heat from the Sun so they will still work on cold winter days or on bright cloudy days.


What is the life expectancy of the system?

Solar panels are designed to withstand hail, severe wind and weather conditions. Most manufacturers guarantee the performance of the solar panels for 20 years but systems are known to last for 40 years or longer.


What happens during the installation and how long will it take?

Installation takes on average 2-3 days from start to finish. For a detailed description please see our Typical Installation page.


Do I pay tax on my returns?

Tax treatment will depend on the household’s circumstances but in general, a householder generating heat for their own domestic use would not need to pay income tax on RHI income.


What happens if I sell my house?

Ownership of the technology is linked to the site. If you sell your house, the ownership of the technology would also transfer to the new owner.

If you received finance for the installation under the Government’s Green Deal, this loan is attached to the property, rather than to you as an individual. This means that, should you decide to move, any remaining payments will be passed on to the next owner.


What about my home insurance?

Every home insurance policy is different, so we recommend you contact your provider to see if any alterations to your policy are required.

 

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