Solar thermal vs solar PV panels: Which is the best option for your home?

small house with solar panels and greenhouse
(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

Debating between solar thermal vs solar PV panels is an interesting one as both harness the sun's energy for use in the home but they fulfil different functions. 

Solar generation is renewable energy and therefore a sustainable, eco-friendly method of power or heating/water heating generation. It is notable that, increasingly, homeowners are choosing to install solar panels as energy prices rise, and properties with solar panels are becoming more attractive to buyers.

Robin Whitlock
Freelance journalist

Robin is a freelance journalist based in the South West of England, UK. He specialises in environmental issues, climate change and renewable energy, with other interests in transport and green motoring. He is a regular daily correspondent for a renewable energy website, writing news articles and interview pieces on all the main clean energy technologies. He has also written widely for numerous magazines on these topics, as well as writing white papers and web content.