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Thermal Solar Water Heaters in Atlanta GA. by Georiga Solar Solutions Inc.
Georgia Solar Solutions Inc. presenting New Thermal Solar Technology to help Georgians take advantage of State and Federal Tax Credits.
Tax credits apply to the installation of both Photo voltaic and Thermal solar energy systems. Photovoltaic, or what is commonly referred to as PV, is the process of converting sunlight into electricity. Photons from sunlight knock electrons into a higher state of energy, creating electricity. As PV systems are only about 20% efficient, they typically have a large group of collectors called an array. PV systems will provide about one-third of electrical energy usage of a typical home in Georgia. The return on investment is usually quite long. voltaic, or what is commonly referred to as PV, is the process of converting sunlight into electricity. Photons from sunlight knock electrons into a higher state of energy, creating electricity. As PV systems are only about 20% efficient, they typically have a large group of collectors called an array. PV systems will provide about one-third of electrical energy usage of a typical home in Georgia. The return on investment is usually quite long.
A lesser known solar technology is Thermal solar energy, which harnesses the sun’s energy for heat. The system operates by passing liquid, typically water or glycol (antifreeze)
Installation of renewable energy is good for our environment. In the USA, we produce almost 5 times the world’s average in CO 2 emissions. Twenty percent (20%) of this is residential, with each household producing approximately 55,000 pounds per year. A family of 4 will typically use 6,400 KWH of electricity per year to heat hot water. This produces 8 tons of CO 2 released into the environment per household -- more than the typical automobile. The ultimate effects of this are as yet unknown; however, there is great concern with rising sea temperatures, rising sea levels, extreme weather patterns, glacier retreat and disappearance, acidification of oceans and lower crop yields.
Installation of a solar hot water system will provide substantial savings on a home’s utility bill. Thirty percent (30%) of a household’s annual utility bill is for hot water. This is the second highest energy expense in the household. The typical system installed in Georgia will provide approximately eighty percent (80%) of a household’s hot water needs year round. Combined with both federal and state tax credits, a solar hot water heating system will pay for itself in approximately 5 years. The system is designed for 30 years of useful life, thus there are many years of free hot water.
A Solar Hot Water System will increase the value and salability of a home. According to the American Institute of Architects, the typical home will increase in value by $3,000 to $5,000. With new construction, the increase in the amount of the mortgage payment for installing a Solar Hot Water System will be more than offset by the reduced monthly utility bills.
Advances in technology have made thermal solar technology extremely reliable. More than 1.5 million homes in the United States have installed thermal hot water systems, both in their homes and on their swimming pools. The State of Hawaii has recently passed legislation that requires Solar Hot Water Heating Systems on all new homes. Ann Arbor, Michigan has set a goal of installing 5,000 Solar Hot Water Systems by the year 2010, and the countries of Israel and Spain require Solar Hot Water heating systems on all new construction. The technology is cost effective, reliable, and essentially maintenance free.
A Solar Hot Water System uses heat from the sun to provide a clean, renewable energy source that will supply comfortable, reliable, hot water -- without the financial or environmental costs of traditional hot water heating. The typical system requires two solar collectors (panels), two pumps, one 80 or 120 gallon solar storage tank, one drain down tank and a differential controller. In fact, there are very few moving parts and systems are designed for a useful life of 30 years and beyond. The system is virtually maintenance free.
The most popular system is referred to as a drain back system. It can be used in any climate and requires no maintenance. Heat from the sun is collected by the solar panels mounted on the roof. The heat transfer fluid, usually water, is pushed by a circulation pump up to the collector where it is heated. Once heated the fluid exits the collector and circulates down through the drain back reservoir. The drain back system is an indirect system, meaning that the fluid circulating through the solar loop never comes in contact with usable household water. Heat is transferred to the main water line using a heat exchanger, and it is then stored in the tank and made available for use. The system will allow you access to enough hot water to wash your dishes, do your laundry, and enjoy hot showers with water heated for free all year round.
In summary, Solar Hot Water will save you money and pay for itself in a very short time. Solar energy is a renewable energy resource that is clean and good for our environment. Solar Energy is a declaration of energy independence.
Thermal solar energy is cool..............HOT but cool.
Director of Sales
Georgia Solar Solutions
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Georgia Solar Solutions Inc. is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. We specialize in Solar Thermal Energy. By Converting to a solar water heating system can save nearly 40 percent of the energy consumption in most homes.