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Renewable Energy:
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Low Carbon heating & Power

What Is Renewable Energy

Low carbon heating systems (renewable energy) refers to energy derived from the earth’s inexhaustible natural resources, such as sunlight and wind. Renewable energy is sometimes known as ‘clean energy’ because it does not emit harmful greenhouse gases.

As a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited company, Renuvo is a specialist low-carbon heating organisation that provide design, installation and commissioning of renewable energy systems for both domestic and commercial dwellings. We cover a range of renewable energy systems including:

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Air Source Heat Pumps

Ground Source Heat Pumps

Ground Source Heat Pumps

Solar Electricity (Solar Photovoltaics)

Solar Hot Water (Solar Thermal)

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Biomass Boilers

What are the best options for me?

Renewable Energy SYstems

It is important that you seek professional advice from a MSC accredited installer when designing / installing any sort of renewable energy system. If you are considering a renewable energy installation, we recommend speaking to an experienced and qualified organisation who can talk you through all the options available and best solutions for your property.  There are a wide range of low carbon heating systems available to homeowners and it’s important to do your research on all of them before making a decision. Here are 7 low carbon heating measures to consider.

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Advantages of Low Carbon Heating

The Benefits of Low Carbon Heating

By installing a renewable low-carbon heating system, you are doing your bit to reduce your carbon emissions and ultimately reduce your CO2 carbon footprint. It is reported that 22% of carbon emissions come from our homes.

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Installing a renewable energy system such as a Heat Pump or Solar PV is not only environmentally friendly but it is a sustainable source of energy generation. This means that they are readily available and everlasting, never running out. This is not the case with fossil fuels which are finite resources.

In some cases, installing a renewable energy system can help towards lowering your heating bills. For example, if you currently heat your property by Oil or LPG, you may benefit from investing in a Heat Pump to heat your hot water. Fossil fuel is finite and will continue to rise in price as demand increases

There are various financial incentives to support homeowners invest in low-carbon heating systems. In some cases, you apply for a one off capital payment for a ASHP or register to receive regular payments through the Renewable Heat Incentive (ends March 31st 2022). For more information on renewable energy grants, please follow the links provided.

The renewable energy sector is a growing sector - by investing in low-carbon heating systems you help towards creating new jobs and provide a crucial platform for the sector to grow and constantly develop

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Many renewable energy systems such as Heat Pumps (ASHPs) and Solar PV (Electricity) require little to low maintenance. For example, when you install a Solar Photovoltaic system, this will require little maintenance throughout the year and will continue to generate electricity even on cloudy days.

Disadvantages of renewable energy

The Downside of Renewable Energy

Renewable energy installations require upfront capital costs. They also need to be designed, installed and commissioned by experienced MCS installers such as Renuvo. It is important to do your research into the best local installers and to speak to an advisor before you make any decisions.

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Renewable energy systems still have a carbon footprint. For example, replacing an Oil fired system with an Air Source Heat Pump is a sound investment but the Heat Pump still requires electricity to run.

Finding The Best Low-Carbon Heating System

Renewable Energy Solutions

Installing a low-carbon heating system is a great move to becoming an eco-friendly home. There are many renewable energy systems available that provide heating and hot water but also generate electricity (Solar PV). As one of the leading renewable energy installers in the Midlands, Renuvo support homeowners and businesses with the design, installation and commissioning of low-carbon systems and guide you through the process of applying for the various grant funding available. See below for details on the variety of renewable heating systems available.

Heat Pumps - is it all hot air?

A Heat Pump can make a good alternative to a boiler, particularly if you have an Oil-fired heating system. Both Air Source Heat Pumps and Ground Source Heat Pumps work by extracting heat from the ground or the air to heat hot water in your property.

Whilst they are a great source of renewable energy, Heat Pumps work best when a number of factors come into play:

  • You have a well insulated property that can retain heat well (check your EPC)
  • They work well with underfloor heating systems
  • The have a COP of 1kw – 4km. This means for every 1kw of energy put in you can potentially get 4kw out. The system requires a well-thought out and designed plan in order maximise efficiency
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Solar Photovoltaic (Electricity)

Generate Electricity From Solar Panels

Solar Photovoltaic panels, also known as PV, are a great way of harnessing the sun’s natural rays and converting this into electricity. This can then be used at home or for a business as well as topping-up a battery storage unit.

Solar collectors (PV panels) are normally situated on the roof of your property and can vary in size depending on your requirements. Your roof should ideally be south facing and have no shading from trees or nearby properties. This is important because solar panels work more effectively when they have direct sunlight.

Battery storage is a great addition to a Solar PV installation as you are able to top up your batteries in the day and sell any unused energy back to the grid through the Smart Export Tariff, which replaced the Feed in Tariff in 2019.

Solar Thermal Installation (Hot water)

Generate Hot Water From Solar Panels

Solar Thermal Panels work alongside your existing heating system by converting the sun’s energy into heat which is then transferred into your home or business heating system in the form of hot water and heating.

The main source of heat generation is through roof mounted solar panels which are used in conjunction with a boiler, collector or immersion heater. The solar collector will use the sun’s rays to heat a transfer fluid which is usually a mixture of water and glycol (antifreeze) which prevents the water from freezing. 

The heated water from the collectors is pumped to a heat exchanger which would be inside the water tank in your home. The heat from the exchanger will then heat the water inside the tank. After the liquid releases its heat, the water will flow back to the collectors for reheating. A controller will ensure that the fluid will circulate to the collector when there is sufficient heat available

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What Is Ground Source Heating

A Ground Source Heat Pump is a type of renewable energy system that extracts low-temperature solar energy stored in the ground or water using buried pipework and compresses this energy into a higher temperature to heat the hot water in your home. 

Ground Source Heat Pumps are an effective and environmentally-friendly investment that can help you save up to 50% on heating bills when compared to conventional heating systems. Using heat from the ground, ground-to-water heat pump transfers heat from the ground outside your home to heat your radiators or underfloor heating. With a long life-span and consistent heat throughout the year, GSHP’s are one of the most reliable and efficient low carbon heating measures available.

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What Is A Biomass Heating System

Wood-fuelled biomass boilers are a very cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to heat the entire home when replacing an existing electric or oil fired heating system. Biomass heating systems burn wood pellets, chips or logs to provide warmth in a single room or to power central heating and hot water boilers.

A wood-fuelled biomass boiler could save you up to £1,350 a year. You’ll have lower fuel costs and reduced bills. If you live off-grid and currently heat your home by electric or oil fired systems – biomass heating could be a strong contender for you.

How Much Do Low Carbon System Cost?

Low Carbon Heating System Costs

Low carbon heating system costs vary depending on the type and size of the system you are installing. For example, a 4Kw PV array could cost between £5000 – £8000 to install, but when you add battery storage, you will be adding roughly £1500 per 2Kw storage. It is important to remember the low carbon heating systems are bespoke to each property, so getting a quotation from a suitably qualified installer is key

Renewable Energy Grants

There are a range of grants and incentives for homeowners and businesses to invest in renewable energy systems. From grants for capital installation costs to ongoing payments for the energy you generate, there a a number of incentives to explore for all types of low-carbon systems.

These include:

  • The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (April 2022)
  • The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
  • The Feed in Tariff (FIT)
  • The Smart Export Tariff (replacement of FIT)
  • 5% VAT reduction for Solar Panel installations (Solar Thermal)