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Chester solar water heating firm wins grant approval.

A SOLAR water heating system, developed by a Chester firm, has been accepted for solar power grants by the UK Government.

Solar Twin, based in the city centre, has had its technology accepted by the UK solar accreditation scheme called the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).

The company claims its system delivers improvements over the more traditional solar heating technology on financial, environmental and safety grounds.

Existing homeowners have been reluctant to install conventional solar water heating for reasons of cost and the hassle connected with installation and maintenance. They will be much more likely to adopt this innovative technology now, says the firm.

Barry Johnston, managing director of Solar Twin, is pleased but frustrated it has taken until now to get it approved, after several years of opposition to its system from traditional solar heating developers.

He said: "I take my hat off to my colleagues, to our customers, to our installers, to the trade bodies supporting innovations, and to the scores of enthusiasts who have patiently made the case that Solar Twin's technology is not just grant-deserving but in fact that it is actually significantly better than conventional solar systems. The Solar Twin solar heating technology should have been accepted into the mainstream a decade ago, but the very fact that it is the only major technical advance in solar water heating to emerge from the UK has also been its weakness.

"The financial and environmental costs-benefits of UK solar water heating will improve because of changes in the solar grants rules."

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 26, 2010
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