The Leicestershire property, aptly named The Solar House, is made from a timber frame and is valued at £1.2 million. It features five bedrooms, which incorporate solar electric energy, triple glazing and rainwater storage. Developers Caplin Homes stated that the home, set in two acres in Great Glen, is the first new property which will be heated by the sun’s energy all year round. The hybrid solar panels will collect both electrical and thermal energy and will be able to provide power for central heating, hot water and electricity for the entire year.
It is a major step forward for the country to achieve the renewable energy targets laid out by the government. Ministers laid out policies in 2009 which aim for 15 per cent of the UK’s energy demand to come from renewable sources by 2020. This includes investing in projects such as wind farms and more hybrid or electric vehicles and should the solar house be a success it could lead to more in the future.
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