Hybrid Solar Panels: A Guide to PVT Systems

Hybrid solar panels installed on modern self build
A replacement dwelling, the roof of this stunning house, designed by Hawkes Architecture, was designed to harness solar energy via roof mounted photovoltaics (Image credit: Hawkes Architecture)

Hybrid solar panels, or PVT solar panels, are a combination of solar photovoltaic panel and solar thermal panels in one module. A hybrid solar PVT module can therefore produce both electricity and heat simultaneously

While combining these systems may sound like a no-brainer, the technology does have limitations in comparison to separate PV and thermal solar panels. 

David Hilton

David is a renewables and ventilation installer, with over 35 years experience, and is a long-standing contributor to Homebuilding and Renovating magazine. He is a member of the Gas Safe Register, has a Masters degree in Sustainable Architecture, and is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics, heat recovery ventilation, renewables, and also conventional heating systems. He is also a speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. 

Passionate about healthy, efficient homes, he is director of Heat and Energy Ltd. He works with architects, builders, self builders and renovators, and designs and project manages the installation of ventilation and heating systems to achieve the most energy efficient and cost effective outcome for every home.