German owned Stiebel Eltron is one of the world’s leading microgeneration product manufacturers and its heat pumps are among the most established in the market. Its UK head office is on Wirral International Business Park and its UK managing director Mark McManus said Stiebel now intends to break into the solar PV market with a high performance product which is already Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) approved.
He said the Tegreon range will be one of the most attractive on the market with an extended warranty of ten years. It will further have guaranteed performance levels of 90pc of original specification for 12 years and 80pc for 25 years whereas most of its competitors stop at 80pc for 20 years.
Mr McManus said Stiebel Eltron will be vigorously marketing the system, which is used to generate electricity, to a range of customers who are thinking of buying into solar PV as a result of the Government’s new Feed in Tariff (FiT – see notes to editors).
“We know many property owners are being seriously incentivised to install solar PV by the FIT,” he said. “OFGEM figures show a sharp increase in demand for solar pv with 6,930 panels being installed in the domestic sector alone since April. Our product is designed to be one of the most efficient on the market. It will be aimed at the domestic sector, social housing and public bodies like hospitals, schools and councils. We will further be targeting private businesses looking to cut their carbon footprint and take advantage of the FiT.”
Mr McManus said solar PV would be most effective in cutting carbon and energy bills if used in combination with other green energy products such as heat pumps, wind turbines, insulation and rain water harvesting.
“Solar panels are one of the most straightforward renewable power generation technologies,” he said “It can be installed quickly and planning permission is rarely required as it is permitted development. However, we would urge property owners thinking of going green to talk to reputable and experienced manufacturers and installers. At Stiebel Eltron we will conduct a free energy efficiency report of any building in the UK for free which will detail how your property can best go green. This will include the cost, the carbon savings and what the pay back level is likely to be.”