There are two major components to a solar hot water system. The first is the solar collector. The collector is usually installed on a roof facing the sun. Running through the collectors are copper tubing, filled with water that during the day absorb energy from the sun.
HOT WATER TANK
The second main element is the water tank which gathers and stores the hot water that flows in from the solar hot water panels.
The water in the solar collectors, heated from the sun, flows through piping and circulates into the tank, which ends up heating the water already collected from before.
READY TO GO
Hot water is now available which can be piped throughout the house for use in showers, sinks and appliances.
The heating system is backed-up by electrical or gas so there will always be hot water, even on cloudy days.
The great thing about living in Hawaii is our year round sunshine which means the back up systems are used only sparingly.
Currently, the federal government provides a 30% tax credit on photovoltaic and hot water systems. The state of Hawaii gives a 35% tax credit. Combined, these incentives can take care of roughly two-thirds the cost of the system.
Haleakala Solar will guide you step by step on how to capitalize on these generous (and limited-time) programs.
MAKING YOUR MONEY
WORK HARD FOR YOU
A solar hot water system can be paid off in 2-3 years and over the long haul, savings can be quite substantial. Also, by using this clean, renewable resource, you would be part of the movement away from dirty, fossil fuels and towards energy independence and sustainability.
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Haleakala Solar has four decades of experience providing expert solar energy advice. Any questions you have, we’re here to help.