Does getting solar hot water make me eligible for government incentives?
Yes, solar water heaters are great for the environment, and the Australian Government Renewable Energy Target Scheme provides a mechanism that offers generous incentives to help you make the switch. The incentives come in the form of Small-Scale Technology Certificates (STCs) that can be traded and sold on the open market or can be used as an upfront discount, to reduce the purchase price of your new system, which could save you up to $1,000 depending on a number of factors (4).
If I already have solar power, do I need solar hot water?
A good solar water heater can pretty much look after itself. The sun will heat the water, and a booster will kick in when the sun is not hot enough. If you are relying only on solar power to heat your water, you probably have noticed that it doesn’t just happen by itself. You need to set timers and controllers to sync solar generation and water heating. By adding solar hot water to your solar power system, it will be a case of ‘set and forget’ as you can let the sun do its job while contributing to the reduction of your energy consumption and electricity costs even more.
Now, if you are already generating more solar energy than you can use, a great solution would be to install a Solahart PowerStore – Australia’s first solar-smart electric water heater.
Does solar hot water mean that I have to have a tank on my roof?
No. At Solahart, as well as offering roof-mounted tanks, we also have a range of split systems that combine stylish collector panels with a ground-mounted tank, for less visual impact.
Does solar hot water work when it’s cloudy?
A solar water heater will still deliver hot water on cloudy and wet days.
Anyone who has ever been sunburnt on an overcast day knows that it takes more than a few clouds to block out the sun. While clouds may filter out some of the brightness, most of the sunlight still gets through. So, if you have solar hot water collectors on your rooftop, rest assured, they’re still working to produce hot water even on those wet and cloudy days.
However, continuous days of cloudy weather can sometimes reduce the efficiency of your solar water heater. Fortunately, Solahart Solar Hot Water systems have a backup available to ensure you can still enjoy instant hot water when the sun isn’t shining.
All Solahart Solar Water Heaters come with an inbuilt electric booster. This means that as soon as the water temperature drops below a certain level, the booster element kicks in and heats the water to the correct temperature. Solahart also has an optional gas-boosted model available where boosting only occurs when hot water is being used.
What do I do if my home isn’t suitable for solar?
Not every home is suitable for solar. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the benefits of renewable energy for your hot water needs. In this instance, a Solahart Atmos Heat Pump or Solahart PowerStore could be the option for you.