Solar Thermal Site location

A wide range of geographical factors will inevitably impact upon the output of your solar thermal installation.

Southern and coastal areas receive the most sunlight, although most areas of the United Kingdom are suitable for the generation of solar energy.

It is vital that the property’s roof has little or no shade coverage throughout the day (from trees, hills, other buildings etc.). Even slight shade coverage can greatly reduce system output. If your roof has significant shade coverage, solar thermal panels will not be appropriate. In this case it may be best to look at an air or ground source heat pump to produce low carbon energy.

Provided that there are no shade issues, all areas of the UK are suitable for solar energy technology. You can check the level of sunlight that your area receives using the Met Office’s UK solar irradiation map.

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