What's Solar Energy?
Solar energy is radiant light and heat from the Sun that is harnessed using a range of ever-evolving technologies which collect this free source, normally of your roof. Solar Panels convert in two ways, photovoltaic (PV) for electricity and solar thermal energy for hot water. Because of the high popularity and availability of solar panels, hot water cylinder price Ireland is getting even more reasonable.
South facing roofs is the preference but most angles can be utilised.
- Solar Thermal Collector: used for generating hot water. This is typically two panels on your roof, providing hot water almost throughout the year. The panels are either evacuated tube (more efficient for Irish climate) or a flat plate collector types. A motor circulates heat generated from the panels through flexible hose to a coil in the new cylinder that works with the system.
- Solar Photovoltaic (PV): Depending on your exact requirements, this will usually consist of eight or more panels. Converts daylight to electricity with no emissions. A battery system normally accompanies the system, allowing you to store the energy for use during the night.