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Solar Hot Water for Fitness Centers

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.

What is Solar Hot Water and How Can Fitness Center 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. Fitness centers use a lot of hot water and they usually have available roof space for solar hot water.

The benefits of solar hot water for Fitness Centers• 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.

The truth is that water heating costs can be substantial for a busy gym or athletic club. Think about it:
• Many club members hit the hot water showers and/or steam bath.
• Laundry is required to wash the towels
• Some fitness centers have cafes that use hot water for dishes and food
• The swimming pools and Jacuzzis are in constant need of hot water.

In the past, water-heating costs were just the cost of doing business. You had to pay your gas utility bill, and that was that. Today, California Fitness Centers have a new and very cost-effective solution: Installing solar hot water.

Below is a real-life example of a solar hot water installation at a California fitness center that pays an average of $2,200 a year in hot water costs, excluding the pool heating costs. (At this time, the pool heating portion of hot water costs is not eligible for state and federal solar rebates.)

Thanks to Federal and state incentives, the payback time is in 2.7 years—and remember that the SolarBeam solar hot water system can last 25 years or longer with very little maintenance.

Solar Hot Water Cost and Savings Example for a California Fitness Center

Utility: PG&E
Minimum Daily Demand @ 80% BTU 340,031
Est. Water Storage Requirements 410 Gallons
Solar Hot Water System 1 SolarBeam
Roof area required: 120 sq. feet
Est. gas bill for hot water before solar: $2,200
Est. Cost before rebate, incl. engineering $30,000
Estimated California Rebate: $ -16,000
Estimated 30% Federal Tax Credit: $ -9,000*
Estimated Net System Cost: $ 5,000
Estimated Payback time: 2.7 yrs!

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

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