Solar Panel Case Study - East-west system

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These Kingspan Renewables Thermomax DF evacuated tube collectors were installed on east and west-facing roofs. Each collector has its own pump to deliver heat to the solar cylinder. The solar cylinder is a 300 litre DPS Heat Bank thermal store which also receives heat from a wood burning stove with back boiler. The heat energy in the thermal store (accumulator) is used for hot water as well as low temperature under floor heating.

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Feed in Tariff scheme

The FIT is a scheme in which owners of PV systems are rewarded for every unit of electricity they generate, irrespective of whether they are used on site or not.

This is known as the Generation Tariff and is currently under review. Payments are also made for 50% of every unit generated by the PV system. This is known as the Export Tariff and is currently under review. These payment rates are fixed for 20 years, linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) and are tax-free. PV systems installed from 1 August 2012 will be subject to an approximate 7% decrease in the FIT rates.

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