At Glas we have been installing solar thermal systems since 2002. Solar thermal systems consist of panels that convert sunlight to heat. The systems may be used to heat domestic water, to supplement heating, to heat large volumes of water for commercial use, or to heat swimming pools. Solar heating panels are one of the most cost effective ways to reduce your energy bills and lower your environmental impact. A simple domestic water heating system can reduce your carbon footprint by over 1 ton per annum.

Despite our cloudy weather Ireland has a vast relatively untapped solar energy resource. The average bungalow will receive 10 times the annual energy demand in solar radiation on the roof. From a European perspective Ireland’s resource is greater than many central European countries and on a par with Austria. The map below illustrates the levels of irradiation measured in Europe. The units are Kilowatt Hours per metre square per day average.

It is interesting to note that Austria’s level is close to ours. Yet Austria has installed over 400 square metres of solar for every 1000 people and Ireland is somewhere between 5 and 10.

We have a lot of catching up to do but the most important factor is that the sun is there for us when ever we decide to use it.

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