We are pleased to announce that the UK’s real first ‘Solar House’ has been given planning permission by Harborough District Council.

The build will be taken on by Caplin Homes and the  Solar panel Home will use hybrid solar panels  to meet the property’s electrical, heating and hot water requirements.  Solar energy produced from the panels in the summer can be stored by heating the ground beneath the building and this is retrieved through a heat pump in the winter.

The design of the two storey house also uses other methods (some of that go back to ancient times) of harnessing the power from the sun’s energy, including areas of living sedum and bronze metallic solar wall panels. these can pre-heat the incoming ventilation air into the property. The Solar House will be monitored by students from De Montfort University who will publish performance report in April 2014 and a full 12 months analysis in August.

Dr Andrew Wright – IESD

[pullquote]Insert content here The main aim of the project is to demonstrate to the building industry that it is possible to build housing that is Zero Carbon and still remains commercially attractive. The hope is that the house will be self-sufficient in energy for most of the year, only requiring support from the energy store during 10 weeks in the winter months.[/pullquote]

Michael Goddard, Director – Caplin Homes

[pullquote]We are very excited to have been given the green light to build the Solar House and to demonstrate that Zero Carbon living can be achieved at reasonable cost. Our ambition is to prove to UK house builders that it is possible for them to build houses to these standards and to provide them with the means to do so. This will make a significant contribution to our country meeting its 2020 carbon reduction targets and enable householders to be set free from ever increasing energy bills.[/pullquote]


The hope is that the solar house will be completed and producing its own energy by August. We are very proud be a Leicester company seeing this sort of initiative happening on our doorstep.