Two Seattle Parishes Go Green with Net Zero Impact Solar Technology

Seattle's St. Edward & St. Paul Parishes have completed installation of solar thermal systems to supply renewable energy and decrease reliance on fossil fuels. Net Zero Impact solar-thermal tech to deliver estimated 20% yearly utility savings.
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April 7, 2011 - PRLog -- St. Edward Parish located in Columbia City and St. Paul Parish of Rainier Beach have recently completed installation of cutting-edge solar thermal systems. In addition to supplying renewable energy and decreasing reliance on fossil fuels, Net Zero Impact solar thermal technology, combined with two high-efficiency boilers installed at St. Paul and St. Edward, will deliver an estimated 20% yearly savings on utilities – more than $450,000 over the systems’ 25-year lifetimes for each parish.

These two parishes join Our Lady of the Lake in Wedgewood as the first three Seattle-area parishes to adopt Net Zero Impact solar technologies for reducing their carbon footprints and saving on utility bills. Net Zero Impact solar thermal tubes, which are better suited than photovoltaic solar panels for capturing the sun’s energy in the Pacific Northwest, will supplement each parish’s natural gas usage for heating and domestic hot-water needs.

The integrated solar installations at both the St. Edward’s and St. Paul’s include:
•   240 heat-generating solar-thermal tubes mounted on each of the schools’ roofs.
•   Custom integration of state-of-the-art solar thermal technology into existing heating and hot-water systems, decreasing installation costs.  

At the core of each system are patented solar thermal tubes from Kingspan. Net Zero Impact customized each parish’s solar design to maximize efficiencies and savings. For St. Edward’s, hot water from the solar tubes will help generate hot water to heat the school’s domestic hot water supply, as well as provide heat for the church. At St. Paul’s, the solar tubes will augment the boiler system in supplying hot water for radiant heating in the school, as well as in the church.  

Environmentally, St. Paul’s and St. Edward’s will each reduce their carbon footprints by 844 tons (1.6 million pounds) over 25 years. This is equivalent to:
•   The amount of carbon stored in more than 163 acres of pine trees.
•   Conservation of 15 billion BTUs of natural gas.
•   Elimination of carbon emissions from 150 cars.

“Net Zero Impact has been a real blessing, designing a solar thermal system that fits the unique needs of our sites, saving us money, and allowing us to do something really positive for the environment,” said Kevin Murphy, parish administrator for both St. Edward and St. Paul. “When it comes to renewable energy, our parish is like every other Seattle homeowner or business – we’re searching for ways to do something good for our planet and to take some of the sting out of utility bills.”

Solar thermal tubes from Net Zero Impact transform direct and diffuse sunlight into useful heat in the form of hot water even on cold, cloudy or rainy days. Once heated, the water can be used to supplement radiant heat systems, forced-air heating systems and domestic hot water needs. Net Zero Impact solar-thermal tubes from Kingspan are up to 400 percent more efficient than photovoltaic panels at capturing the sun’s energy, a critically important advantage in the Pacific Northwest’s frequently sun-starved environment.

About Net Zero Impact LLC
Net Zero Impact LLC is expert in the integration of solar technologies for commercial applications in the Pacific Northwest. The company, founded in 2007, designs and deploys integrated solar systems, incorporating the patented, high-efficiency Thermomax solar-thermal tubes from industry leader Kingspan Solar. Through a comprehensive approach, including needs analysis, design and financing, Net Zero Impact is making a brighter future for forward-thinking organizations and enterprises in the Pacific Northwest. Facebook:

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Net Zero Impact is expert in the integration of solar technologies for the Pacific NW. The company designs and deploys integrated solar systems with patented, high-efficiency solar-thermal tubes to generate hot water even on cold, cloudy and rainy days.
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