Heat Pump Cylinders, also known as Heat Pump Water Heaters, are relatively new in both the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland markets, at the time of writing. 

At Surge we like to be at the forefront of all renewable energy technologies, designed for residential or commercial use, and we’ve been slowly introducing these products to the market over the last year. 

During that time we’ve fielded plenty of questions around the basics of water heater cylinders, so here’s an overview if you’re currently in research mode. 

Heat Pump Water Heater Cylinders in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

What is a Heat Pump Water Heater Cylinder? 

A heat pump water heater cylinder, also known as a heat pump water heater tank or heat pump water heater unit, is an energy-efficient appliance used for heating water.

It incorporates a heat pump technology to efficiently transfer heat from the surrounding air into the water, making it an environmentally friendly and cost-effective option for hot water generation.

Due to the technology and setup, it essentially means you can forego old Immersion style heating and generate hot water all year round! Handy when you’re living in Northern Ireland or in the Republic of Ireland. 

Water Heater Cylinder Basics:

Here's how a heat pump water heater cylinder works:

All of that means you get hot water when you want it or need it! Easy. 

Advantages of a heat pump water heater cylinder include:

It's important to note that the performance of a heat pump water heater may vary depending on factors such as the ambient temperature, humidity levels, and the location of the unit.

If all of the above sounds good, and you’re interested in the potential costs and practicalities of installing a water heater cylinder in your own home, chat to our team by clicking here

Simply fill out the form and our renewables energy experts will be in touch. 

UKSOL Sales Grow in Ireland

UKSOL has achieved remarkable success in penetrating the Irish and Northern Irish solar market through strategic collaborations with WRB and Surge Renewables. This achievement not only underscores UKSOL's commitment to sustainable energy solutions but also highlights the company's ability to forge strong partnerships for expansion.

By teaming up with WRB and Surge Renewables, UKSOL has tapped into a network of established industry players with in-depth knowledge of the local market nuances. This has enabled the company to provide its solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to the specific needs and preferences of Irish and Northern Irish consumers. The collaboration has not only facilitated effective distribution but also streamlined after-sales services, boosting customer satisfaction.

Furthermore, UKSOL's success can be attributed to its focus on quality and innovation. The company's solar PV modules boast cutting-edge technology, ensuring optimal energy generation and efficiency. This has resonated well with environmentally conscious consumers seeking reliable and high-performance solar solutions.

The collaboration with WRB and Surge Renewables has acted as a catalyst for UKSOL's growth in the region. It has allowed the company to reach a wider audience and gain a competitive edge in a rapidly expanding market. UKSOL's ability to leverage partnerships and deliver top-notch solar products underscores its position as a frontrunner in the renewable energy sector, poised to drive positive change in Ireland and Northern Ireland's energy landscape.

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At Surge Renewables we know that buying and installing solar into your home or business is a big decision. 

Will it have a positive financial impact? What are the green credentials of actually installing solar? Will it be an eyesore and how long does installation take? 

These are all common concerns we hear on the ground, when our team are out and about installing solar across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 

With that in mind, we thought we would create the Ultimate Guide to buying solar, so we can answer all of your major concerns in one place! 

The Ultimate Guide to Buying and Installing Solar Panels in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

Is my home suitable for solar panels?

The suitability of your home for solar panels depends on various factors such as roof orientation, available space, shading, and structural integrity. A professional assessment by our solar team can determine the feasibility of installing solar panels on your property.

How much electricity does a typical house in NI/ROI consume?

The electricity consumption of a typical house in Northern Ireland (NI) or the Republic of Ireland (ROI) varies based on factors like size, occupancy, and energy efficiency. On average, a typical house in NI consumes around 3,200-4,000 kWh annually, while in ROI, it's around 3,800-4,500 kWh per year.

What are your energy goals and financial expectations?

Your energy goals may include reducing dependence on grid electricity, lowering energy bills, or achieving environmental sustainability. Financial expectations can vary depending on factors like system size, energy consumption, and available incentives, but solar panels can provide long-term savings and a return on investment.

How much will solar panels cost, and what are the available financing options?

The cost of solar panels in Northern Ireland can vary depending on system size, quality, and installation complexity. On average, a residential solar system can range from £5,000 to £10,000 or more.

We would suggest that the price of an average solar system installation will be approximately £5000 and that includes panels, hybrid inverter, battery etc. 

We use Ideal Finance. You can click here for more details, or contact our team to discuss specific options by clicking here. 

What is the quality and efficiency of the solar panels and components?

Solar panels' quality and efficiency can vary based on the manufacturer and technology used. 

At Surge Renewables we work with UKSOL, expert solar panel manufacturers, to ensure our client’s get the best in terms of both long-lasting quality and high-performance efficiency. 

Are there any local regulations or permits required?

In Northern Ireland, there are no specific regulations related to solar panel installation but it’s important to check whether or not you need planning permission, before moving forward. This is particularly important in conservation areas (such as AONB; Areas of Natural Beauty) and/or on listed buildings. 

In the Republic of Ireland, all solar panel installation regulations and planning permission exemptions were lifted in October 2022. This means you are free to install as many solar panels as you want. 

What maintenance and warranty provisions are offered?

Solar panels typically require minimal maintenance, mainly involving occasional cleaning and inspection. Our Surge Renewables solar panels all come with a 30 year warranty for peace of mind. 

Can you monitor the solar panel system's performance?

Many solar systems come with monitoring capabilities that allow you to track your system's performance, including electricity generation and consumption. Monitoring platforms can provide real-time data, historical trends, and alerts for system efficiency or potential issues, helping you optimise your solar investment.

What are the environmental benefits and impacts?

Solar panels produce clean, renewable energy, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. By generating electricity from sunlight, they contribute to mitigating climate change and improving air quality.

Does Surge Renewables have case studies, reviews, or testimonials we can consider?

We have installed solar panel systems across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, in both residential and commercial properties, and have happy clients across the island. 

We are currently collecting together various testimonials, so in the meantime chat to our team and we’ll provide references if required. 

What is the average payback?

The average payback period for a solar panel system in Northern Ireland depends on various factors, including installation cost, energy consumption, available incentives, and electricity prices. Typically, residential systems can achieve payback in 7 to 12 years, after which the electricity generated is essentially free for the remaining lifespan of the panels.

Can I send electricity back to the grid?

Yes, this is one of the key benefits of switching to solar and every Surge solar installation includes an export meter. 

Do I get paid for sending electricity back to the grid?

Every system we install will include an export meter, and the current export rate is set at 17.6p per KW. Please be aware that this rate is reviewed on October 1st every year, and as a result is subject to change. 

Can I heat my water with solar?

Yes, solar water heating systems can be installed to heat water using the sun's energy. These systems typically consist of solar thermal collectors that capture sunlight and transfer the heat to a water storage tank. Solar water heating can be a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional water heating methods.

Will solar power an Air Source Heat Pump?

Solar panels can power an air source heat pump (ASHP) indirectly by generating electricity to meet the heat pump's energy needs. The electricity produced by solar panels can be used to power the ASHP, which then extracts heat from the air and transfers it to your home for heating purposes, providing a renewable and efficient heating solution.

If you’d also like to find out more about our Air Source Heat Pump solutions, click here

How long do solar panels last, and what is the warranty?

Solar panels are designed to be durable and long-lasting. The average lifespan of solar panels is typically 25 to 30 years or more.

We guarantee our solar panels for 30 years. 

How long does it take to install a solar system, and is it disruptive?

The installation time for a solar system depends on various factors, including system size, complexity, and the installer's efficiency. For a typical residential installation, it takes approximately 4 hours on average. 


We hope this buyers guide proves useful and answers every question you have, but if we’ve missed something, you’d like more information, or you’re interested in chatting to our sales team you can contact us here!

Surge Renewables (www.surge-renewables.com), a leading renewable energy installer company in Northern Ireland, has decided to promote and install UKSOL solar panels for their clients. This move marks a major step towards harnessing the abundant solar energy potential of the region.

Surge are a renewable energy consultancy dedicated to providing domestic and commercial customers with access to renewable energy solutions. Their mission is to make renewable energy an easily accessible and cost-effective option for all of our clients. Their team of highly knowledgeable experts can provide the best advice on how to reduce your carbon footprint through the installation of solar panels, heat pumps or other renewable energy solutions. 

UKSOL panels are renowned for their high efficiency, durability, and superior performance, making them an ideal choice for Surge Renewables' initiatives. By opting for UKSOL panels, Surge Renewables ensures that their solar installations will maximize energy generation, reduce carbon emissions, and contribute to a cleaner and greener future for Northern Ireland.

This strategic partnership come through the excellent work WRB have done in promoting USOL solar modules in Ireland and Northern Ireland. WRB Group are the exclusive UKSOL distributor for the region.

We are a renewable energy consultantcy dedicated to providing domestic and commercial customers with access to renewable energy solutions. Our mission is to make renewable energy an easily accessible and cost-effective option for all of our clients. Our team of highly knowledgeable experts can provide you with the best advice on how to reduce your carbon footprint through the installation of solar panels, heat pumps or other renewable energy solutions. 
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