Why are solar heating panels being ignored?

Last updated on June 6th, 2017 at 11:30 am

“Why do solar heating panels not get the recognition it deserves? I believe the biggest disadvantage to solar heating systems, is that it is not being championed by the industry.”

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As a result, it is virtually absent from public awareness over current PV (Photovoltaic) solar systems. According to Stuart Lovatt founder of Heat my Home, with over 90% of the discussion on green energy is focused on electricity generating, not heating.

The future of green energy should prominently feature solar heating including evacuated solar tubes as a key technology. Hopefully this will change in April with the much anticipated Renewable Heat Incentive scheme (RHI).

I fully support the call for action to be taken to address the world’s future energy requirements, and I do recognise the key role that photovoltaic, solar technology will play in achieving this, but not at the expense of other viable technologies.

Why are PV solar panels so common?

I think a reason for the favoritism is because electricity is easy for the person in the street to understand, easy to control and explain. A puzzling situation when we recall that domestic electricity accounts for only 20% of the energy requirements in Europe, while domestic heating is nearly 2.5 times this figure. Hopefully more attention will turn to solutions for heating too?

There are many new developments in the solar industry all the time, and the mainstream media are quick to pick up on them. After 30 years of development, solar heating systems are already well established, maybe that is why it no longer gets the column inches it deserves, but solar PV development is still getting media attention due to our childlike fascination to new technology.

Solar heating panels have become the poor relation in the green energy technology family. Much work still needs to be done to ensure it receives the attention it deserves, adds Stuart Lovatt.

The world is heading for a huge energy crisis as global consumption continues to increase at an alarming rate while finite global resources diminish. The huge potential of green energy technologies is still not fully realized. The only way to tackle this globally is with far greater co-operation between governments and companies while individuals can prepare by installing such technologies in their homes.

We all know that green energy is the future, concludes Mr Lovatt:

We wouldn’t be doing the jobs we do, if we didn’t passionately believe that it would change our world forever.

We also all need to play our part in making sure home owners are aware of all technologies on offer, only then can a new solar century start to become reality.


"Feel the pride."
February 2, 2011
Founder of Heat My Home.

  • Alan Ward

    Solar Photo Voltaic for electricity generation is a simple to understand concept requiring only a minimum amount of installation skills and components to get it up and working. Couple this with an already operating Feed In Tariff (FIT) scheme and it becomes a ‘no brainer’ to choose this over Solar Thermal heating systems.
    To compound the problem Solar Thermal energy savings for an average sized property in the UK producing hot water are low and in most cases bare little justification for the capitol outlay required. Whereas Solar Thermal energy forming the base load to central heating especially in the transitional times of the year, becomes a viable and an attractive proposition. As the rules for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme have yet to be published, the industry anxiously waits, but one thing is for sure it will not be the ‘give-away’ that was the Feed In Tariff (FIT) scheme and it is these two schemes that will denote the popularity of the two technologies in the short term. Long term, common sense should pave the way for Solar Thermal supporting central heating.