Fully solar home yours for £1.2m

The UK’s first fully solar-powered new build home has gone on the market.

The Solar House, which is set in two acres in Great Glen, Leicestershire, was completed last week and is thought to be the first new build home to be entirely heated by the sun’s energy all year round.

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The five-bedroom timber frame property, which is on the market for £1.2m, features solar electric energy, triple glazing and rainwater storage. There is also a charge point to charge an electric car.

Developers Caplin Homes believe hybrid solar panels, which collect both electrical and thermal energy, will provide heating, hot water and electricity all year.

Excess energy collected during the warmer months will be stored in an Earth Energy Bank and pumped back during winter.