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Get more out of your solar power system by using water as a battery

When the sun shines at its brightest, many of Australia’s 1.3 million homes with rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar panelsgenerate more electricity than they use. When this happens, excess electricity is exported to the grid. In the old days (say, about 2009), most householders would be pretty happy with this, given that in Victoria, for example, it would

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Promise Energy: Solar Hot Water Rockstar

Promise Energy is a newcomer to southern California’s solar hot water market, but the company has wasted no time building a strong business. Promise, which is just a year old, has focused on solar hot water installations for multi-family affordable housing complexes in Los Angeles and San Diego, said spokesman Andy Mannle. “Solar hot water

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Solar Hot Water at Intersolar America 2012

The crowds swarming this year’s Intersolar North America at San Fransicso’s Moscone Center did an unusual thing. After combing the aisles and aisles hosting the photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies’ booths, they wandered over to the two aisles dedicated to solar thermal and stayed to ask questions. What they found was lots

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In Focus: Arizona’s Solar Hot Water Subsidies

Free Hot Water often highlights California’s generous subsidies for solar hot water installations, but it’s not the only state committed to solar water heating. Arizona’s utilities all offer different—but valuable—solar hot water incentives for both residential and commercial installations. Of course, these are in addition to the Federal government’s 30% Investment Tax Credit. APS –

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STUDY: Solar Hot Water Saves 63% Off Power Bill

A recent study shows that using a solar thermal water heater is not just an environmentally-conscious decision, but it can also save you quite a bit of cash. Progress Energy just released a report in which it notes that customers saved upwards of $235 a year by switching to solar thermal water heaters. That’s a

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The 5 Hottest Solar Hot Water Markets

#1. Rental Apartment Buildings.  Most apartment buildings in the U.S. are heated with central gas heating systems. Between tenant showers, washing machines, and dish washers, building owners are flushing a large portion of their rental income down the proverbial drain. If they have the roof space, insolation, and room for a solar storage tank, solar

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SEIA Report: AZ, HI, and CA Solar Hot Water Growing

Every three months or so, SEIA (SolarEnergy Industry Association) and the good people at Greentech Media(GTM) Research put out a solar industry report, and that’s great. We’vesummed up some of the insights from the solar hot water side before,most recently for the full 2010 report. Usually, the GTM researchers include a fewjuicy pages in the

Twitter and Solar Hot Water Marketing Tips

Free Hot Water has been on Twitter for over a year now, and we’ve certainly benefited from connecting anddeveloping relationships with other solar thermal installers andplumbers and green contractors. Not only have we found new solarinstaller customers, but we’ve also been given referrals by green-minded Tweeters who like the things we Tweet. So, Twitter is

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Why Hasn’t Solar Hot Water Caught on Yet?

I wish I had the exact answer to thatquestion. All of the research regarding consumer attitudes toward solaris generally PV related, rather than solar hot water related. At thesame time, solar hot water has some obvious challenges, especially inthe residential space. 1) Solar hot water competes with dirty (and cheap) natural gas. With the exception

Largest Solar Hot Water Project in the NW Nears Completion

At 117 thermal collectors, this system in downtown Portland Oregon willproduce an annual energy savings of over 187,000kWh. In it’s 35 yearlife cycle it will generate savings of: 6,480,950 kWh 6,320 Therms 2,920 Tons of CO2 119,320 Trees 523,400 Gallons of Gasoline Installed by Advanced Energy Systems (AES) of Eugene Oregon, this facility forsolar hot

ZenithSolar Touting New CPV/solar Hot Water System

Seder Boqer, Israel — It’s like a concentrating solar PV system on growth hormones. ZenithSolar has begun to tout a CPV/solar hot water system that it says will produce over 2 kilowattsof electricity and the equivalent of 5 kilowatts of solar hot water. The system consists of a mirrored dish that concentrates the equivalent of

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How to Generate Residential Solar Hot Water Leads

Despite solar water heating being a 100year, plus, solar technology, it still plays second fiddle to PV, whichis more expensive and less efficient on a per watt basis. Better, more aggressive marketing, ofcourse, is the solution to getting more attention for residential solarhot water. As a distributor, your success is our success, so Free HotWater

Massachusetts Launches New Rebate for Solar Hot Water Systems

Solar hot water heaters should be flying off the shelves inMassachusetts next week, as the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center(MassCEC) will implement a new solar rebate program that will cut the cost of installing a solar hot water heater on a home in half. The amount of rebate money you can receive from the program forinstalling

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