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USA: Contractor Runs 7,804 m² Collector System at Prestage Foods Factory

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 19, 2012

 FLS Energy project There is now one more solar process heat installation in the US – and it is one of the country’s largest, too. Since October 2011, more than 50 people were working onsite, 7 days a week, to put the system in place. 84,000 ft2 of collector area (7,804 m2) are going to supply an estimated 100,000 gallon (378,541 litres) of hot water (160-180 °F = 71 to 82 °C) per day. The water will be used in the turkey processor´s company in St Pauls, North Carolina. Contractor and owner of the solar thermal system is FLS Energy, one of the major developers of commercial solar thermal installations in the US. The commissioning of the new system was officially announced at a press conference at the beginning of April.
Photo: FLS Energy

USA: Florida Power & Light starts Solar Support Scheme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 19, 2011

 Florida” Utility company Florida Power & Light (FPL) has just started a solar rebate programme on 21 June. FPL supports both PV and solar thermal plants run by private home owners, as well as companies. The programme is part of a five-year pilot programme the Florida Public Service Commission authorised to promote solar power and reduce energy consumption. The funds for PV were exhausted within minutes. For solar thermal, there was still a lot of subsidy money remaining as of 16 July: USD 3 million for private customers and USD 447,000 for business customers. According to FPL, up to USD 15.5 million per year are planned to be spent on the solar rebate programmes. Once funding for the current year is exhausted, the programme will be halted; customers can apply again the following year.
Source: Pixelio/Carl-Ernst Stahnke

USA: Utility Networking for Solar Thermal Energy

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 16, 2011

 Logo USH2O” A unique network promoting solar thermal energy has developed in the USA: The Utility Solar Water Heating Initiative (USH2O) launched in 1994 offers utilities, as well as companies related to the solar thermal sector, the opportunity of concerted advocacy initiatives, and exchanging knowledge and experiences. The aim of USH2O is to facilitate the successful implementation of utility solar water heating programmes and educate stakeholders about the potential of solar heating and cooling technologies.

USA: New Solar Service Model Introduced in Florida

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 21, 2011

 Logo Lakeland Electric Solar Hot Water Service” In late October 2010, utility Lakeland Electric in Florida and California-based renewable energy service company Regenesis Power launched a new programme for the promotion of solar water heaters. The Lakeland Solar Hot Water Service offers homeowners the possibility to purchase the energy a system generates for a monthly fee, which is comparable to the monthly electricity costs for a family of four. The 2011 target is to install 1,500 solar water heaters.

Site Inspection Check List (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 19, 2010

This checklist was produced by the Florida Solar Energy Center and it is an example of the most important aspects to take into account while performing an inspection exercise of a solar system.

The checklist covers the following order: solar access inspection; roof inspection; water heater inspection; electrical inspection; plumbing inspection and occupant questionnaire (WAP forms).

USA: 100th Anniversary of modern Solar Thermal Heater

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 19, 2010

 William J. Bailey” Pioneering solar water heater technology in California: William J. Bailey, a clever business man from California, started producing solar water heaters in his company Day and Night Solar Heater Co. exactly 100 years ago. The technology was based on Bailey´s own patent, which was approved on 2 August 1910.
Photo: A Golden Thread*

USA: Strategic Partnership between Tank and Collector Manufacturer

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 14, 2010

 Bill Vallett, Jr. (left) and Robin Welling” Start of a new cooperation: Bill Vallett, Jr., President of Lochinvar (left) and Robin Welling, Managing Director of Tisun, presented their new brand Lochinvar/Tisun at the AHR Expo in Orlando, Florida, in spring this year.
Photo: Tisun

USA: Low Expectations and a Shift towards Commercial Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 13, 2009

 Leveredge Commercial Application Florida” Commercial applications have gained momentum in the US over the last two years. The system shown in the picture is a project by the The Leveredge company from Florida. The 223 m2 installation heats up to 15,000 litres per day.
Photo: The Leveredge

Solar Swimming Pool Heating in Florida – Collector Sizing and Economics (1994)

Submitted by Hans Craen on July 13, 2009

This document was put out by the Florida Solar Energy Center in 1994. At the time, there were over 200,000 swimming pools in Florida, and this document presents a simple method that can be used to determine the solar collector area needed to heat a swimming pool to comfort conditions.

This gives you formulas to calculate your collector area and the heat energy output to properly select panels that produce the appropriate Btu. It includes the cost and savings for different fuels compared to solar pool heating.

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