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solar panels

Post Posted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:02 pm

Hi. Does anyone know the best place to buy solar panels near Tomar? Also a rough idea of cost for the panels and a 30 gallon (or equivelant in litres!) ? Thanks.


Re: solar panels

Post Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:07 am

Having held back slightly because MY information is now nearly two years old (you`ll know the way things can change); in the absence of any other response, am replying now to at least give you some food for thought. It may be that your non-Algarve location restricts `local` knowledge/inputs.

However (& I assume you`re talking the heaty-water variety), when WE did ours, nearly ANY plumber would have been able to supply and/or install, and the full list price was about 2, 2 1/2 thousand Euro.

I say `full` because, certainly then, you were able to get a Government grant of 50%.

That`s where the important process and sequencing kick(ed) in.

Under advice, we applied through our Bank (!, yes, I know; but, anyway, BES in our case) who completed all the paperwork. As a result of this, we were visited by a local central heating engineer, who assessed and showed us his recommendation**, we agreed, and the whole thing was fitted in about three weeks from first entering the Bank.

** (I repeat, not sure if the scheme is still available, but) we were able to nominate a plumber we`d used before -although the bank had a default list- but the actual equipment had to be from the scheme list.
All I can say is it`s great, has saved us a load of bottled gas, it`s a Roca
kit -I believe one of the best- and as part of the deal they, Roca, carry out (at no further charge) an annual inspection for the first five years.

The only snag we had were a couple of cracked roof tiles during installation, one of which proved a bugger to locate, but hey-ho, bargain!


... only highlighting a point about which I am concerned.


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Re: solar panels

Post Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:46 am

Solar panels generally refer to the expensive, sexy electricity producing things.

What you have is called a solar collector.

I know, it's flat, tall, and wide, literally a panel; but those are the accepted terms to avoid confusion.

Solar panel = hi tech "green" electricity

Solar collector = low tech cost effective hot water

Glad you're happy with your installation.
I'm going to build my own... one of these days... just a few small jobs to do first.


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Re: solar panels

Post Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:27 am

Hi All

Solar hot water or Solar collector = low tech cost effective hot water choose whatever term you like but i would like to know if someone can help where in Central Portugal can you buy these panels. What information you can offer.




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Re: solar panels

Post Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:24 am

got mine from


fitted with a local plumber, shipped by transport company.


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Re: solar panels

Post Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:02 pm

Peter just about every builders merchant or heating engineer in your region of Portugal sells them, as well as the B&Q type stores, IZI< AKI< LeRoy Merlin all of which you have in Coimbra.


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Re: solar panels

Post Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:40 pm

Hello All,

My first post on this site, but many will know me from the 'other' expat Portugal website.

The scheme for solar thermal has finished and is extremely unlikely to return. There are many different options available for heating domestic water. Solar thermal is one, however it may be that solar thermal is not the best option for you.

I'm an expert in renewable energy, know the portuguese market inside out and would be happy to answer any questions people have.

Peter, we've spoken about the options and availability a couple of times previously. I'll be in Ansião early next week if you'd like to meet up.

All the best



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