Many people and companies want to benefit from solar hot water because it is free and it is environmentally responsible. There
are now incentives up to $25,000 for companies and non-profits who want to install solar hot water to reduce their cost for hot water heated by electricity.
Many people are familiar with solar hot water systems like flat panels. However, the newest technology that is exploding with worldwide sales is the SolarBeam Concentrator, a parabolic concentrator that tracks the sun and produces up to 12kW of solar hot water.
The SolarBeam uses both horizontal and vertical tracking making it 40% more efficient than flat panels because it can create solar heat and solar water from morning to dusk. The biggest issue with using flat panels in large applications is their tendency to overheat when the energy produced is no longer required.
Due to this fact, the installation of flat panels require a heat dump system that dissipates the unused heat. This extra system is a complex mechanism which also creates the possibility of mal-function and costly repair. The heat dump issue is a problem for companies or for large homes that want to have the option to turn off their
solar hot water system when they do not require it. In regards to flat panelsor evacuated tubes, the only option to stop them producing energy is to physically cover them.
The far more advanced patent-pending SolarBeam System which was designed exclusively by and for SolarTron Energy Systems enables the SolarBeam to stop tracking the sun, diverting away from it and going into shut down or sleep mode when the water temperature has reached a temperature of 93c.
This powerful solar hot water system is available to residential and solar hot water commercial customers.It can be sold to any facility that uses hot water.
Shown below are some applications:
- Beverage Companies
- Schools and Hospitals
- Fire Departments
The article below shows the rebate in New York for solar hot water.
While officials in California were working to pass legislation that requires 33% of the state’s energy to come from renewable resources by 2020, New York
appears to have been making plans to establish renewable energy commitments of its own. According to a statement from the New York State Energy Research and
Development Authority (NYSERDA), New York has adopted a goal ofobtaining 30 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2015. The agency’s plans include a combination of main tier and customer tier efforts.
Aimed at the customer tier, NYSERDA has launched the state’s first incentive program for solar thermal systems which are meant to replace hot water
NYSERDA said that the five year, $25 million program provides incentives of up to $4,000 per site for eligible single and multi-family residences and up to $25,000 per site
for eligible commercial and nonprofit customers who currently use electricity to produce hot water.
Beyond the NYSERDA incentives, homeowners, businesses and nonprofits can apply for federal and state tax incentives which, when combined, will provide roughly 55% of the cost of an installed solar thermal system, with a state incentive cap at $5,000.
The agency hopes that the solar thermal program will displace the equivalent of about 45 megawatts of electrical use by 2015. It points out that hot water generation by
electric means generally accounts for 17 to 20% of a homeowner’s monthly electric bill and just under 10% of a commercial building’s bill. NYSERDA
expects that the solar thermal systems will provide somewhere between 50-80% of the average homeowner’s hot water needs and should provide a compelling payback