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Solar Hot Water Use in Prison Applications

Solar hot water is an important step to reduce energy usage for companies. There are many uses for solar hot water and it is cheaper than installing PV panels. Many people are familiar with flat panels, but due to the inefficiencies, they cannot heat a large home or company.
Finally there is a solar hot water system that can provide: space heating, solar water and space cooling. The SolarBeam can replace 10-15 large flat panels because it tracks the sun and can create more solar water than conventional flat panels. 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 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.
SolarBeam qualifies for 30% tax rebate.
Shown below is the uses for solar hot water for companies See comments below showing prison energy usage for hot water. This solar hot water article is taken from the following link: http://www.bootheglobalperspectives.com/article.asp?id=383

Considering that an average prison uses $36,000 per month in energy, a 27% return on investment for business in renewable energy, makes near “net zero” electric bills possible. (Commercial and privately owned prisons have access to federal tax rebates while public facilities have access to public bond financing and community economic development grants).

Some of the larger prison facilities use larger amounts. David Brunet, Energy Management Coordinator for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Said: “We have some prisons that use a megawatt or more.” Put simply, large prisons are huge consumers of energy, and with this new “hybrid” approach, the savings potential runs into hundreds of millions.

The Bureau of Prisons cites, 150 Federal prisons, with 173,330 inmates, and 12 privately managed secure facilities with 22,406 inmates. They report 5 CCM facilities with 14,254 inmates. But in the broader sector, there are approximately 142 private prisons or “detention” facilities, and 1250 public prisons in the USA. Numbers vary depending upon what reporting agency, but it is estimated that there are a total of 4,000 jails, prisons and holding facilities in the USA with an estimated 2,100,000 prisoners in 2010. This number has increased markedly since “9/11” and Homeland Security.

Utilizing an adjusted number of 1400 prisons, with an average of 580 inmates each, these will use monthly electric power, averaging a minimum of approximately $50,400,000 per month nation wide, or an average of $36,000 per month each. The number could be much higher for many of those prisons. A prison is similar to a hotel, or university, with lodging, showers, food preparation, creating above average energy use. It is estimated that 25% of a prison energy bill is for heating water. The average prisoner uses 75 to 100 gallons of water per day, with 40 to 50 gallons of that being hot water, for showers, food, laundry and other needs. 60% of a prison energy bill can be used for heating and cooling air.
The research study proposes a hybrid combination of 7 energy savings, using specific energy savings equipment, that can reduce the energy by 80% or more.

Allocation of energy expenses:
• 25% of a prison energy expense is heating water.
• 40% to 60% are for heating, cooling air.
• Other equipment, lighting, computers, cooking represent 12% to 20% of a prison energy bill.

Impact of savings on Value:

The APPRAISAL JOURNAL says: “For every $1 saved, because of energy savings upgrades, the value of a building goes up 20 times!” Therefore, an energy savings of $10,000 per year, results in a value increase of $200,000.
Real estate experts and valuation models prove that a facility that has a lower electric bill increases the value of the real estate facility substantially. “Our most conservative valuation model indicates that an immediate value increase occurs to a facility that does not have the overhead of high energy bills.” said Ben B. Boothe, appraisal expert. “In most cases, $1,000,000 spent on renewable energy equipment, will indicate a value increase by a factor of 1.8 to 2.2 or $1,800,000 to $2,200,000, depending upon the specific application.” For data and information on prison values contact: BBAR Inc. http://www.benboothe.com

SolarBeam can provide the thermal hot water for prisons by providing 40,000 BTU’s of thermal heat per hour. Since it tracks the sun, it can produce this energy from morning to dusk. For more information, check out the website at: www.solartronenergy.com

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