|The New Tank|
We were finally ready for John to come back and begin the work. He turned up with the tank and began to work. We chose (with John's advice) a 190 litre Santon unvented cylinder fitted with two immersions. The quality and neatness of his pipework was very impressive.
|The Solar Panels|
We were originally going to have two solar plates rather than the tubes but because the space was so tight we had to change our plans to an Apricus 30 tube system just before John started the installation. Unfortunately his supplier did not send him enough tubes so he drove half way across the country to obtain the parts rather that let the job run over the 5 days he had allotted for it.
The system was commissioned at the end of August and within 2 days we had a full tank of 60 degree water. We have been amazed at how quiet and simple the system is and how well it works. During September the system continued to provide all of our hot water needs, however as the days got shorter during October we noticed a drop in the water tempurature and had to get the immersion heater wired into a timer to heat over night. This was due to the location of the panels but because of the layout of the roof there really was no alternative. If the panel was south facing then I believe it would provide most of our hot water needs throughout the year.