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Overview

Commercial solar heating systems can greatly reduce your company's energy bills by allowing you to use the sun's energy for free hot water or space heating. Whether your business is small or large, solar heating systems can work for you.

Solar Heating for your Business

Many companies use hot water in their every day operations. Showers, bathrooms, cleaning, cooking, manufacturing - these are just a few examples of areas that hot water is needed every day. Using oil, propane, or electricity is an ever increasing cost to generate this hot water.

Our evacuated tube collectors are able to generate water temperatures up to 170F and higher, and work in all ranges of weather and temperatures. Therefore, when you are in a harsh northern climate like Canada or Maine, or a temperate climate such as Virginia or California, our solar collectors will generate free hot water all year long.

A solar heating system will continually provide free hot water for decades to come - meaning no ever increasing costs. This immediately slashes your energy bills, meaning more profit every month.

They can effectively be used in any climate with little to no maintenance or operating costs. Normally, commercial solar heating systems will contain a solar collectors – usually evacuated tubes – a storage tank, and a set of pumps and controls to operate the system.

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Water flows in from a municipality’s water lines or from a well into the solar storage tank, where it is heated by energy from a solar collector. The controls generate an easy-to-read display, showing you exactly what the system is doing and its overall performance.

Collectors manufactured and distributed by Solar Panels Plus are SRCC certified, allowing business owners to take advantage of the 30 percent federal tax credit, as well as various state incentives that may be offered.

This reduces a system’s net cost and allows for a quicker return on investment. Commercial solar hot-water systems are being used all over the world, and have excellent fits for a variety of businesses. Take a look at some popular applications to learn more.

Evacuated tubes are excellent for commercial applications. For more information on the design of our evacuated tube collectors, please see our page that discusses the design and advantages of our solar evacuated tube collectors.

Applications

Laundromat

While using solar energy for commercial laundry applications may seem futuristic, laundry owners across the country have been doing it for many years. Rather than paying for electricity, gas or oil to heat the bulk of the hot water needed by these facilities, savvy business owners are tapping into the free power supplied by the sun.

Since a solar hot water system continually heats water for free, operating costs are significantly reduced, which increases profits and maximizes your return on investment for your solar hot water system. On average, commercial laundry facilities can expect to see a payback on their investment in as little as five years.

All hot water systems manufactured and distributed by Solar Panels Plus are certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corp. An SRCC certification allows you to take advantage of the 30 percent federal tax credit, as well as other financial incentives offered in your area.

Using solar energy to fuel your hot water needs also will contribute to a cleaner environment and show the community you support a green and sustainable way of doing business. If you are interested in learning more about how solar energy can save you money and expand your customer base, contact us today. Solar Panels Plus has a veteran laundry broker on staff who can help you determine what it would take to add a solar water heating system to a laundry of any size and configuration.

Process Hot Water

One of the newer and more cost-effective ways to use solar hot water is for commercial and industrial process or preheating applications. Many businesses today use large volumes of hot water during their manufacturing, cleaning or sensitizing process.

Solar hot water systems can be installed more quickly and at a much lower cost than other industrial or commercial hot-water systems. The energy savings can be quite significant, cutting water-heating costs by 70 percent or more.

These systems can pay for themselves very quickly, with a return on investment in just a few short years. Solar hot water systems, when used in conjunction with boilers and other traditional systems, can greatly extend the other system’s lifespan and improve overall efficiency by letting the solar thermal system handle the bulk of the work.

All solar water heating systems manufactured and distributed by Solar Panels Plus are SRCC certified. This allows business owners to take advantage of the 30 percent federal tax credit, as well as other financial incentives in your area, for an even faster payback.

Restaurant

With all the hot water restaurants and other food service venues use for cooking and cleaning, it’s no wonder so many owners have turned to solar hot water systems to help them keep their eateries clean and sanitized. Often times the temperature must be set much higher than what’s needed for a residence so establishments can more easily pass health board inspections.

Since a solar water heating system continually heats water for free, it will directly cut operating costs and increase profits. A new system also can generate more traffic if the owner advertises the fact that the restaurant is contributing to a cleaner environment on the premises and in the community by supporting a green and sustainable way of doing business.

All hot water systems manufactured and distributed by Solar Panels Plus are certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corp. An SRCC certification allows business owners to take advantage of the 30 percent federal tax credit, as well as other financial incentives offered in your area.

Car Wash

It’s the nature of the business: Car washes tend to use copious amounts of hot water every day. On average, the most efficient facility uses anywhere from 12 to 18 gallons of water per car. In winter conditions, this water is piping hot to prevent freezing. To avoid ice buildup, many car washes are equipped with hydronic heating systems, which use a lot of energy to generate additional hot water.

Solar hot water systems can cut operating costs by tying directly into a car wash’s existing water heating system. This will not only increase profits by delivering hot water heated for free by the sun, but it will reduce carbon emissions. It can even be used for space heating in colder regions.

These systems can pay for themselves very quickly, with owners enjoying a return on investment in just a few short years. Solar water heater systems, when used in conjunction with boilers and other traditional systems, can greatly extend the other system’s lifespan as the solar thermal system will be doing the lion’s share of the work.

 

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FAQs

  1. Can I use a solar hot-water system for my business or to cut costs in my facility?
  2. How much roof space will I need for my solar hot-water system?
  3. Do solar thermal systems produce hot water in the winter? What about when it’s cloudy or cold?
  4. What happens if one of the solar tubes is broken?
  5. If there is a broken tube, does the system still work? Will it leak?
  6. What kind of maintenance is required for a solar hot-water system?

9. Can I use a solar hot water system for my business or to cut costs in my facility?

Absolutely. Solar hot water systems can generally take care of the bulk of hot water needs for businesses, industrial facilities and manufacturing plants, to name a few. These types of applications generally use a large volume of hot water and can benefit greatly from a solar hot water system.

25. How much roof space will I need for my solar hot-water system?

This is largely dependent on the size of the solar water heater system being installed. Each evacuated tube collector needs about 50 square feet, and each will generate anywhere from 80 to 120 gallons of hot water per day. Commercial solar hot-water systems can be as small as two or three collectors, or as large as several hundred or more.

26. Do solar thermal systems produce hot water in the winter? What about when it’s cloudy or cold?

Solar Panels Plus manufactures and supplies solar water heating systems that work exceptionally well in cold, cloudy and winter conditions. At times, however, especially during long periods of cloud cover, a backup system may be needed temporarily to meet demands.

27. What happens if one of the solar tubes is broken?

Our evacuated tubes are exceptionally strong. However, if one is broken, it can be easily replaced at a low cost. Replacement tubes are available through your local dealer. If you are a dealer, they can be obtained directly from Solar Panels Plus.

28. If there is a broken tube, does the system still work? Will it leak?

If there’s a broken tube, the rest of the collector will still function, although at a slightly lower performance. Since each tube is modular and separate from the system, a broken tube can’t leak into the other components.

29. What kind of maintenance is required for a solar water heating system?

A solar water heating system requires very little maintenance, especially closed-loop systems. Closed-loop solar water heater systems are designed to operate so almost no maintenance is required. The controls operate the pump and monitor the system’s activities on a daily basis.