Across most of the Thames region there is over 4 hours average sunshine per day, which makes it one of the most suited areas in the country for solar solutions, be it Solar PV cell to generate electricity or Solar thermal to create hot water.
As it is one of the most populated parts of the county getting consent for wind turbines can be problematic, and as it is the region with the lowest average wind speed this does not make it ideal, but there may be specific locations that will buck this trend. Our Energy Assessment looks at the average wind speed in your area (down to a resolution of c. 1km2).
In general both ground and air temperatures are higher than most other parts of the UK making it a region that is highly suited to heat pumps, both ground and air source.
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Find an installer in the Thames Region
For most energy saving solutions you will need to have an Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited installer to fit the system in order to qualify for the relevant government grant or subsidy, particularly if you are looking to benefit from either the Feed-In Tariff or the Renewable Heat Incentive and RHPP. If you ask us to find suitable installers in your area for an installation which should qualify for the FiT or RHI, we will only put you in touch with MCS certified installers.
Grant and subsidies in the Thames Region
There are a number of grants and subsidies available to anyone that is trying to reduce the amount of energy they use in their home. In some cases, such as the Feed-In Tariff or the Renewable Heat Incentive and RHPP, they are universally available but in others the amount of the grant that you can claim varies according to your circumstances or where you live, and may be made available to you by suppliers looking to use such measures as counting towards their renewables obligations (see our ECO (Energy Company Obligation) page for more detail on the obligations on the electricity suppliers).