While a solar thermal system is typically more expensive to purchase and install than a gas or electric system, the payback can be tremendous. At a $2,000 to $4,000 initial investment before incentives, the system can save you about $300 a year and be used for approximately 80% of your energy needs. Moreover, solar thermal heating is highly efficient, dropping your water bill an average of 50 to 80 percent. It is also an environmentally friendly, cost-effective way to heat your pool for the warm months ahead.
Solar expert Paul Shippee says, “When utilizing solar heating, it is like buying all your fuel up-front for the next 20 years. In other words, the front end cost for the equipment is expensive, but after that the fuel is free, as long as the sun shines.”
Flat-plate solar collectors are most frequently used on residential rooftops, and their sleek design and dark colors resemble that of PV panels. Contact CalFinder Solar to work with a qualified installer in your area. To help get you started, here are some of them, from Florida and New York to good ol’ California.
Florida Pool Heating
Family-owned and run Florida Pool Heating is the largest and oldest pool heating company in Florida, called upon to remedy what others deem unsolvable problems.
Owens Electric and Solar
Owens Electric and Solar in San Mateo, CA focuses on conservation, alternative generation, and efficient operation of electrical energy. The company believes in customer satisfaction, honesty, and good communication.
Solar Technologies in Santa Cruz, CA offers solar power solutions to fit your needs, offering numerous financing options, such as 100% financing or 10-year leasing agreements.
Solar Liberty Energy Systems
Headquartered in New York, Solar Liberty is one of few companies offering expertise in numerous renewable technologies, including PV, solar thermal, wind, and fuel cell. Solar Liberty is a market leader throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Need to find a solar thermal installer in your city? Contact CalFinder Solar to receive free estimates on your project.