Just because they both contain the word solar and both of them are present on rooftop, solar panels should not be confused with solar water heaters.

Solar water heaters are used to provide heat, usually hot

Solar panels, on the other hand, generate electricity and not heat.

 

water for a bath, and in some cases, steam for cooking.So, solar power panels and solar water heaters are used for completely different applications. Using one has no bearing on the use of the other, except perhaps for the area available on your rooftop.

 

Stuff to Remember

Solar power plants/solar panels have nothing to do with solar water heaters. The only thing common to both is the sun!