Al Schmauder, member Chambers Creek Estuary, Restoration Team
Thanks for the pertinent information about solar ed in schools. I forwarded your info to my contacts in both Steilacoom High School and Washington High School. I think you are into the right market at the right time. We need to get our educators thinking more about science and technology. We will get smarter on this topic and figure out if our schools are willing to go forward. The Kiwanis in Steilacoom and the Clover Creek Council have proposed providing a grant to Steilacoom HS to evaluate the feasibility of adding solar studies to their curriculum and building a solar park by the school. Your information has been extremely helpful.
Thanks for taking the time to share some of your knowledge.
Heating water is the second largest energy load in homes today. In Western Washington, solar hot water can provide about 60-70% of your annual hot water needs. The solar hot water system acts as a pre heater for your traditional water heating system. It can be matched with electric, gas, and on demand water heating. So if there isn’t enough sun to heat the water, the traditional source can make up the difference. During the summer, the opposite can happen. The summer sun can heat the water so high that the traditional water heater has to actually mix in cold water before it can safely go to the tap. Solar hot water systems are low maintenance, they need to be cleaned off about once a year, and the fluid needs to be checked about every five years.
When there is heat from the collectors, a controller activates pumps.
The heated solar fluid is then circulated from the collector down to the heat exchanger
The fluid then is passed through a heat exchanger where its heat is transferred to your water for use
The heated water is stored in a tank, ready for use.
The solar fluid is then pumped back to the collector to once again be reheated.
During times when there is little or no sun, a standard gas, electric, or on demand heater will heat water.
At South Sound Solar, we offer quality made in the U.S. systems that are proven to last 30 plus years. Evacuated tubes are usually made in China, and are not as high of quality as the flat plate collectors. Also, studies have shown that flat plate panels just work better in our climate.
It is for these reasons we only offer Made in the U.S. Flat Plate Solar Hot Water Panels.
Starting at $8000
Federal Tax Credit -$2400
Cost after 1st year $5600*
Includes: 1 collector, solar heat exchanger, 65 gallon tank, and all design and installation costs.
Family of 3-5
Starting at $9000
Federal Tax Credit -$2700
Cost after 1st year $6300*
Includes: 2 collectors, solar heat exchanger, 80 gallon tank, and all design and installation costs.
*does not include sales tax
In addition to the saved water heating costs there is a 30% federal tax credit on the cost of the system.
We take great pride in offering quality made in the US solar systems, that are proven to work in the Northwest.