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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…

Solar Water Heating and Comfort Heating in Oregon

We just completed another install in the great state of Oregon.  We installed 2 Mystic panels mounted on the south facing wall.  The installation also included a 50 gallon energy efficient solar storage tank, a solar controller, water to air heat exchanger in the forced air furnace system and a heating controller to dissipate the extra heat in the assisting…

Residential Tax Breaks for Renewable Energy Projects

The Renewable Energy NW LLC systems we install are eligible for the Federal Tax credit of 30% and the Idaho State deduction of 100% over a period of 4 years (40%, 20%, 20% and 20%) of the total installed solar thermal project.