As the UK continues to embrace sustainable energy solutions, combining the power of air source heat pumps (ASHPs) and solar panels is a compelling option for environmentally conscious and cost-savvy homeowners.
Air source heat pumps (ASHPs) and solar panels can be combined to create an effective heating and hot water solution. ASHPs extract heat from the air, while solar panels harness sunlight to power the pump. The result is a largely independent, sustainable and cost-effective energy supply.
In this article, we’ll explore how these two amazing renewable energy solutions can be integrated to great effect to save you money and reduce your carbon footprint.
Can you install an air source heat pump and a solar panel system?
Absolutely, this eco-friendly pairing can provide heating and hot water for your home or business.
The air source heat pump works by extracting heat from the outside air and converting it to provide heat via central heating or underfloor heating. The heat pump requires electricity to work, so when coupled with a solar panel system, it can provide a fully independent energy source, reducing your property’s reliance on the grid.
The solar panel and heat pump combination represents a forward-thinking approach to heating, offering both environmental benefits and long-term savings.
How many solar panels does it take to power an air source heat pump?
No, this isn’t the set-up for an industry in-joke!
The number of solar panels required to power an air source heat pump depends on the size and efficiency of both your heat pump and the solar panels and the energy requirements of your property.
Air source heat pumps typically have varying power requirements, measured in kilowatts (kWh). Solar panels are rated in terms of their capacity to generate electricity, usually in kilowatts-peak (kWp). To determine the number of solar panels needed, you need to calculate the heat pump’s electricity consumption and the solar panels’ efficiency.
A professional energy assessment or consultation with an installer like Cinergi is crucial to size the solar panel system accurately. We can evaluate your property’s energy demands and recommend an appropriately sized solar panel system to offset the electricity consumption of the air source heat pump and potentially cover other household energy needs.
To give you a rough idea, an average three-bedroom property may require around 12 solar panels to power a 5kW air source heat pump adequately. But this is just an example, and requirements vary based on the specific needs of the property.
Is it worth getting solar panels and a heat pump?
Investing in solar panels and a heat pump can be worthwhile, offering a triple benefit of saving you costs, giving you independence from the grid and doing your bit to prevent climate change.
While the initial cost may be significant, potential long-term savings and the positive impact on the environment make the combination of solar panels and a heat pump an increasingly popular and economically viable choice.
What are the advantages of combining a heat pump with solar power?
Renewable energy: Solar panels harness clean and renewable energy from the sun, providing a consistent source of power to operate the heat pump. This integration reduces reliance on non-renewable energy sources, contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly system.
Energy cost savings: By generating your own electricity through solar panels, you can significantly reduce your reliance on the grid. This can lead to substantial long-term energy cost savings, especially as solar power technology becomes more efficient and affordable.
Energy independence: The combination of a heat pump and solar panels enhances energy independence by providing a self-sustaining energy source and reducing reliance on grid electricity. This can be particularly beneficial during power outages or times of high demand.
Long-term investment: While there is an initial investment required, solar panels and heat pumps typically have long lifespans. Over time, the upfront costs can be offset by energy savings.
Get in touch with Cinergi for heat pump and solar panel installation
Cinergi can provide advice on the ideal heating system for your home or business. We are renewable energy specialists based on the South Coast, and we can assist with all kinds of renewable energy solutions, as well as more traditional heating systems such as gas and oil boilers.
For advice on having solar panels installed with heat pumps, contact Cinergi.
Frequently asked questions about using air source heat pumps with solar panels
Yes, it is indeed possible and often beneficial to combine solar photovoltaic (PV) panels with a ground source heat pump (GSHP). This combination creates a highly efficient and sustainable system for heating and powering a home.
Combining heat pumps with solar PV panels offers a substantial reduction in reliance on the grid, but complete independence is not realistic for all properties. The degree of independence is reliant on the property’s energy consumption, climate, and energy storage capabilities, among other things.
Integrating energy storage solutions, like batteries, further enhances the system’s ability to operate independently during periods of low solar generation. Professional consultation is essential to tailor the system to specific needs and optimise its performance in a given location.