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Solar Hot Water for Commercial Buildings

Solar hot water is an important step to reduce energy usage for homes and companies. Imagine not having to pay your oil or power bill because you can get free heat from the sun. Many people are familiar with flat panels, but due to the inefficiencies, they cannot heat a large home or company. The SolarBeam can replace 10-15 large flat panels because it tracks the sun and can create more solar water. Now you can use the SolarBeam solar hot water system for all your hot water and heating needs. The SolarBeam is eligible for rebates and has already been installed in Pepsi, Universities, Companies and Residential applications worldwide.

Perhaps the most widely used green energy technology, solar hot water can provide year-round hot water for your home, pool, or commercial building. Solar hot water is perhaps one of the most cost-effective solar technology on the market. With federal tax incentives and a base of qualified installers it’s easy to get into this technology.
Testing and certifying solar hot water systems and collectors was one of the founding tasks of the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC). As a result, they have an extremely large body of knowledge about solar hot water. Take a look at the resources below to help you with your project.

For Homes
Taking advantage of solar energy is one way that consumers can save considerable amounts of energy. Solar energy systems are most commonly used to provide hot water for residential uses.

For Pools
If you live in Florida, a pool is the ultimate accessory for your home but no one likes to swim in icy water. Solar can heat the water in your pool to a nice temperature. Take a look at this section to see how it’s done.

For Commercial Buildings
Solar water and pool heating systems are also quite often used for commercial and industrial applications. Commercial solar water heating systems can range in size from conventional sized systems that heat water for offices to systems designed for large industrial applications.

What is Solar Hot Water and Commercial Facilities Benefit?
Solar hot water heating systems use free heat from the sun to warm domestic hot water. A conventional boiler or immersion heater can be used to make the water hotter, or to provide hot water when solar energy is unavailable. Commercial buildings like breweries, wineries, food processing companies use a lot of hot water in their process. They can reduce energy costs by using solar water.
The benefits of solar hot water for Commercial Facilities
• Hot water throughout the year: the system works all year round, though you’ll need to heat the water further with a boiler or immersion heater during the winter months.
• Cut your bills: sunlight is free, so once you’ve paid for the initial installation your hot water costs will be reduced.
• Cut your carbon footprint: solar hot water is a green, renewable heating system and can reduce your carbon dioxide emissions.

Solar Hot Water Cost and Savings Example for a Beverage Facility

Utility PG&E
Minimum Daily Demand @ 80% BTU 648,031
Est. Water Storage Requirements 810 Gallons
Solar Hot Water System 2 SolarBeam
Roof area required: 120 sq. feet
Est. gas bill for hot water before solar: $4,400
Est. Cost before rebate, incl. engineering $50,000
Estimated California Rebate: $ -12,000
Estimated 30% Federal Tax Credit: $ -15,000*
Estimated Net System Cost: $23,000
Estimated Payback time: 5.2 yrs!

For more information about SolarBeam and to see case studies from other companies, please contact www.solartronenergy.com

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