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The Hour for Solar Thermal Energy has Arrived
Solar thermal is a highly cost-effective way to deploy renewable energy, reduce long-term operating costs, and make progress toward sustainability or green building goals
In existence for more than 100 years and with systems proven to last for decades (25 years +) the technology is considerable when compared to conventional water heating system which have much shorter lives and a much greater life-cycle cost. Furthermore solar heat energy is generated in a simple fashion: A solar collector absorbs heat from the sun, and fluid warmed by passing through tubes in the collectors is distributed to the appropriate system.
With basic installation requirements the United States’ full potential for solar water heating could allow system implementation onto the most roof tops with sufficient space and unobstructed sunlight. Savings estimates are as follows;
- Prevent 52 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, equivalent to the emissions from 13 coal-fired power plants qacco or 9.9 million cars.
- Save 578 billion cubic feet of natural gas per year – 2.5 percent of the nation’s usage
- Save 35 billion kWh of electricity per year, just under 1 percent of U.S. consumption
Building owners and facility managers have the opportunity to save on operating costs, fossil fuel use, and reduce carbon emissions. Common uses of Solar heating include swimming pool heating, boiler water preheating, domestic water and space heating and heat for a wide range of commercial and industrial processes.
ECS offers clean energy solutions for project developers and financiers looking for sound investment opportunities in clean energy projects. We offer a variety of services including but not limited to feasibility studies, project planning, risk assessment, technical design and engineering, project permitting, project management, and more. Contact us today to discuss your project.
Dallas Terry, LEED AP BD+C
Director, Earth Circle Sustainable Energy
Clean Energy Consulting