If you’re thinking about installing a PV system, then you need to Think Thermal First!
When it comes to using solar power, there are two basic types of energy that are utilized: Photovoltaic (PV) and Thermal. Photovoltaic solar is the process of converting sunlight into electrical energy. Thermal solar is the process of converting sunlight into heat energy. Every day, you use energy to power everything from lights and appliances to computers and hot water, and it all adds up quickly! What most people don’t realize is that your water heater can account for up to 1/3 of this energy consumption! And did you know that heating your hot water for one year produces as much carbon dioxide as a mid-sized car driving 12,000 miles. By installing a solar thermal system on your house, you can supply up to 80% of your annual hot water needs and reduce your energy consumption by up to 25%! That’s the equivalent of 16 - 250W solar photovoltaic panels on your roof, but for only a fraction of the cost! An equivalent PV system could cost 4 times as much as a thermal system. A typical solar thermal system uses two 4’x8’ collectors, which only takes up about 1/4 of the space of an equivalent PV system! This allows you to utilize that additional reclaimed roof space to install PV panels and further increase your energy savings! And, just like photovoltaic panels, thermal panels also qualify for the 30% Federal Tax Credit. Our solar heating systems create heat from the sun’s rays, which means your supply of heat is essentially limitless. Using a solar system to heat your water produces the exact same usage experience as having just a hot water heater, and with backup heating in place, you never have to worry about running out of hot water. These systems produce hot water year round, even in the coldest days of Winter, because as long as the sun is shining, the system will produce hot water!
Our team is dedicated to providing quality products and workmanship, and we go out of our way to offer cost-effective solutions designed to save you money while benefiting the planet. So, if you’re tired of the rising price of energy, or if you simply want to take yourself off the grid of fossil-fuel users, then it pays to contact us to learn more about your options.
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