Solar Panels on Historic Properties
Solar panels are an excellent way to cut energy bills and reduce your historic building’s carbon emissions. We have an in-depth knowledge of the best practices and innovative methods to install solar panels on historic buildings while preserving historic materials and integrity. We also work with local, regional, and national preservation authorities to authorize and approve installations.
The photovoltaic (PV) effect is the process of converting light (photons) to electricity (voltage). Photovoltaic Systems produce electricity directly from sunlight. Solar panels, or PV panels are flat-plate panels that contain individual photovoltaic (PV) cells. These panels can be mounted at a fixed angle facing south, or can be installed with a tracking device that follows the sun, allowing them to capture the most sunlight over the course of a day.
Solar Hot Water
Water used for buildings and for swimming pools can also be heated with the sun's energy. Consider natural solar heating: shallow water in the ocean tends to be warmer than deep water because sunlight can reach the ocean bottom, which in turn, heats the water. This principle is also used to provide water heating for buildings. Solar hot water heating systems require two main components: a solar collector and a storage tank.
International Solar Success Stories
At Houselore, we can guide you through the process of planning solar installation on an historic property and coordinate installation with trusted companies.
We also work to attain consent and permits with local and national preservation authorities to ensure that your solar installation meets approval standards for alterations to historic properties. We work with properties in the USA and UK.