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Solar Hot Water Heating in China

There are now 250 million people in China that have Solar Thermal hot water for home and business use.   Imagine if we could achieve the same or higher level here in the US.  Imagine cleaner air, lower pollution and cheaper utility costs. We can choose to be more sustainable and reduce our living expenses at the same time.  The time…

DIY Solar Hot Water Installation

This install is about 100 miles east of LA.  The equipment was purchased from Renewable Energy NW, LLC.  Pictures and instructions were also included.  The home owner called before the install and with any questions during the install. The install is first class.  The homeowner is very happy with the product and its performance.

Solar Water Heating for Car Wash

In May we installed 8 Lava solar thermal units in a car wash in Idaho. The Lava units have a 50 gallon insulated non pressurized tank to store the energy collected during the day. The energy is then consumed heating the hot water for the car wash. The energy can also be used in the winter to assist heating the…

Solar Water Heating, Comfort Heating and Pool Heating

We just finished this install in the Treasure Valley of Idaho. The 8 panel Mystic system will supply hot water for a large family, heating a radiant floor in the basement, heating a pool and a hot tub, heating a snow melt in front of the house and heating two water to air heat exchangers in the forced air comfort…

Evacuated tube testing in Idaho 2011

I tested an evacuated solar thermal tube in January in Idaho.  The tube heated from 55 degrees to 120 degrees in 10 minutes.  The temperature went to 350 degrees in 30 minutes.  The tube reached 395 degrees in 60 minutes. I completed the same test in September of 2011.   For this test I used 2 tubes one with a reflector…