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Believed to be the first fully solar powered new-build home in the UK, the Solar House is zero carbon with heating, hot water and lighting all sourced from the sun.
Built by Caplin Homes, the house captures energy via a solar array and stores heat in an underground ‘Energy Earth Bank’ to be accessed when required via a heat pump.
The energy performance of the Solar House is being studied by De Montfort University.
As well as an architecturally impressive family home, the Solar Home was created by Caplin Homes to demonstrate its belief in zero carbon building being easily achievable and financially viable.
Key to the project is Caplin Homes’ patented ‘Energy Earth Bank’, which addresses the energy balance of demand being greatest when the least solar energy is available and at a minimum when sunshine is abundant.
On the roof an array of 28 hybrid Photovoltaic Thermal (PVT) panels collect both thermal and electrical energy. The energy generated from these panels is used as required within the house.
The excess, greatest in summer, is used to warm the earth underneath the home. The energy can be drawn upon which heat is required during colder months.
The Solar House
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47 Westview Avenue, Glen Parva, Leicester. LE2 9JU. Company number: 5420643