• April 9, 2014 - Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Released - Solar Thermal has got the great government funding through the Domestic RHI which it deserves! Solartwin Solar Thermal panels have just become not only a cost cutting and very green option to heat your water but now you will receive additional... More →
  • November 6, 2013 - Notice to Solartwin customers - Letter's from Stenfield & Co - A number of Solar Twin Ltd customers have been in touch this week to query a letter they have received from legal firm Stenfield & Co. - The content relates to Solar Twin Ltd's liquidation, and claims that customers "undoubtedly paid more than... More →
  • July 12, 2013 - Renewable Heat Incentive Updated - Solar Thermal to have Heavy Support - The Government have today released the Renewable Heat Incentive: The first step to transforming the way we heat our homes. If you are looking to buy a SolarTwin System contact Genfit. "the scheme will be open to anyone in these groups who installed... More →
  • May 27, 2013 - DECC announce they are doubling the RHPP grant for solar thermal from £300 to £600 - Solar Thermal Panels Receive Huge Renewable Heat Premium Payment - Solar Thermal has received a huge boost, it's a great time to buy a Solartwin Product. - Greg Barker tweeted about the scheme - - Big uplift for #RHPP Vouchers to put a shot in the... More →
  • February 14, 2013 - Solartwin DIY reviews - SolarTwin Reviews from Reviewcentre - "Review Centre is a community of real people, just like you, sharing their product and service experiences. - Our community of reviewers are a passionate bunch who want to help you discover what's right for... More →
  • January 17, 2013 - Crackdown on aggresive solar selling - YouGen, a leading consumer body serving the renewable and energy efficiency sectors, is calling for a change in the law after a review by the Office of Fair Trading revealed unscrupulous selling tactics by solar and other energy efficiency... More →

What is solar? Solar water heating systems = Solar panels + solar energy. Solar thermal: solar power & solar hot water. Solar subsidy UK. CECB = RHI + FIT.

Solar Panels – Solartwin Solar Panel Technology Basics

Some background and basic information about solar PV panels and solar water heating.

A – There are two main kinds of solar technology.

  • Solar water heating = SWH = solar thermal water heating = solar heating. This delivers hot water via pipes. The heat energy can be stored in hot water stores.
  • Solar photovoltaics =   Solar PV = solar electricity. This delivers electricity via electrical cables. The electrical energy can sometimes be stored in batteries.

Solar technologies sollect solar energy using various types of solar panels.

B – What kinds of solar panel are there? There are therefore two main kinds of solar panel to collect the solar energy.

  • Solar water heating uses solar collectors = solar heating panels.   Types of solar collectors there are tubes and plate collectors. Within the plates there are metal and freeze tolerant plates.
  • Solar photovoltaics uses solar modules = PV panels. Types of PV panel technologies include thin film, mono- or poly-crystalline and hybrid.

The costs benefits of solar technologies depend on initial costs, operational costs, life expectancy and subsidies. So what solar subsidies are there in UK?

C – There are two main different solar panel subsidy schemes in UK, both operating under the heading of Clean Energy Cashback = CECB

  • The Solar water heating subsidy is the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI Scheme)
  • The Solar photovoltaics subsidy is the Feed in Tariffs (FIT Scheme)

Both CECB programmes, RHI and FIT, are funded by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). FIT budget is £360M. RHI budget is £860M. How does CECB work?

D – Basically, under CECB you get a yearly payment for 10-25 years depending on your chosen solar panel installation and its particular technology. The sum paid per year depends on how much energy it delivers. Generally the bigger the better. More details of CECB / FIT / RHI are on this site.

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Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Released

Solar Thermal has got the great government funding through the Domestic RHI which it deserves! Solartwin Solar Thermal panels have just become not only a cost cutting and very green option to heat your water but now you will receive additional funding too! The Domestic RHI rates – Released April 2014 Ofgem have produced a […]

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Notice to Solartwin customers – Letter’s from Stenfield & Co

A number of Solar Twin Ltd customers have been in touch this week to query a letter they have received from legal firm Stenfield & Co. The content relates to Solar Twin Ltd’s liquidation, and claims that customers “undoubtedly paid more than you should have and it is highly likely that you will have been […]

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Renewable Heat Incentive Updated – Solar Thermal to have Heavy Support

The Government have today released the Renewable Heat Incentive: The first step to transforming the way we heat our homes. If you are looking to buy a SolarTwin System contact Genfit. “the scheme will be open to anyone in these groups who installed an eligible technology since 15th July 2009” so if you have a […]

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DECC announce they are doubling the RHPP grant for solar thermal from £300 to £600

Solar Thermal Panels Receive Huge Renewable Heat Premium Payment Solar Thermal has received a huge boost, it’s a great time to buy a Solartwin Product. Greg Barker tweeted about the scheme – Big uplift for #RHPP Vouchers to put a shot in the arm of the market ahead of full Domestic #RHI tinyurl.com/ktxz3o2 — Greg […]

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Solartwin DIY reviews

SolarTwin Reviews from Reviewcentre “Review Centre is a community of real people, just like you, sharing their product and service experiences. Our community of reviewers are a passionate bunch who want to help you discover what’s right for you.” (Review Centre) We are well rated on review centre, this shows the excellent product quality of […]

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