Should you switch? YES! Your water heater is a constant energy conserve energy, yet it can be the most cost effective place to start compared to conventional water heaters and many solar energy products. Solar water-heating systems are well proven and reliable when correctly matched to climate and load and the cost of solar energy can be reduced by as much as 40% with current tax credits coupled with utility rebates and incentives.
By far the greatest user of energy in commercial buildings is in heating and cooling the work spaces and the water. Businesses can significantly offest utility costs by converting to solar. According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy "the energy tied up in water heating can be a significant component of the building's total energy consumption. For example, in the lodging industry, 42% of energy use goes for water heating." In addition to reducing costs, businesses can make a powerful statement about corporate social responsibility: by reducing the amount of heat provided by conventional water-heating, solar energy systems directly substitute renewable energy for conventional energy, reducing the use of electricity or fossil fuels by as much as 80%.
Solar water-heating systems are well proven and reliable when correctly matched to climate and load. The U.S. Dept. of Energy estimates that 200,000 commercial solar water-heating systems have been installed in the United States. The cost of solar energy can be reduced by as much as 40% with current tax credits coupled with utility rebates and incentives. In addition to existing federal tax credits, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) contains billions of dollars of stimulus funds that may be available for federal cash grants, loan guarantees, funding to state programs and more.
Businesses that are good candidates for a solar hot water panels include:
The Orley Residence
"You recently installed solar panels for us and we are approaching one month of use (over 600 kilowatt hours generated). We wanted to write you and compliment everyone, but especially the two gentlemen who did most of the work (Vincent and Berone). They were on-time, always polite and there was no ”mess” or anything when they were done each day."
An Arizona Solar Concepts representative will come to your home, discuss your utility usage history, available tax credits and utility rebates, as well as provide an onsite evaluation of your roof, electrical setup, house orientation and architecture, for a complete solar solution.