Herts Solar Club
What is the Solar Club?
The Solar Club is a not-for-profit community initiative for householders, designed to make solar water heating cheaper and easier to install.
How does it work?
The Solar Club operates by training members to install professional solar water heating systems as DIY projects. The training course lasts one day and covers the theory, practice and health and safety aspects of installing a solar hot water system.
What are the benefits?
Installing and using a solar system can be a lot of fun. Not only will you be helping to reduce your fuel bills, but you will also be helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute towards global warming.
By doing the work yourself and adding in Solar Club discounts the cost of installation can be reduced to between one-half and two-thirds of the cost of a commercial system. The Solar Club is run as a 'not-for-profit' scheme. This means it takes no commission on sales and discounts are passed directly to the members. The Solar Club can also provide you with tools and equipment for loan during the installation of your system.
Do I need to be a DIY expert to install a solar system?
No. Providing you are reasonably competent at DIY and attend a training course, the installation should be straightforward. Many Solar Club members have no experience of plumbing before installing their solar system. Once you have attended a training course, the Solar Club will be on hand to provide technical support if you need assistance.
How much will I save?
A solar water heating system can save up to 50% of the energy required to heat your hot water during a twelve-month period. The exact amount of money you save will depend on how you heat your hot water.
A solar system installed through the Solar Club will cost in the range of £1500 to £2500, depending on the type and size of the system you install. There is a one-off membership fee of to join the Solar Club, which offsets the cost of training materials and running the Solar Club.
For further information on Herts Solar Club call David Thorogood at East Herts District Council on 01279 655261