Since the early 1970s, the efficiency and reliability of solar heating systems and collectors have increased greatly, and costs have dropped. Today’s solar systems are an affordable solution to the high cost of energy, and the need to reduce our emission of greenhouse gas pollution.
Solar energy is a broad term describing a range of methods for obtaining free energy from the sun. Many people immediately think about solar panels that generate electricity, however there are many different options for residential solar energy.
TriState Home Services installs the Apricus system. Apricus solar evacuated tube collectors are particularly easy to install, reducing the installation cost and thus improving $/kWh.
When properly designed and installed, today’s thermal solar systems can reduce your annual hot water production costs by as much as 80% to 100%.
Solar water heaters, also sometimes called solar domestic hot water (DHW) systems are a cost-effective way to generate hot water for your home. They are very efficient in the climate we experience in the Mid-Atlantic area, and the fuel they use, sunshine, is free.
Solar water heating systems include some type of storage tank and one or more solar collectors, usually installed on the roof. A pump station, with a solar controller operates a pump that circulates fluid through the collectors into a heat exchanger, which heats your hot water.
Although many factors, such as the orientation, and tilt of the collectors, as well as any potential shading, will affect the output of a solar system. In this area, a single 30-tube, evacuated tube collector with a 75 gallon storage tank can provide about 85% of the annual hot water usage for two adults. Adding a second collector can provide up to 90% of the annual usage for a family of four.
Since, on average, about 12% of your annual energy usage is for heating domestic hot water, the savings you achieve by investing in a solar system can be significant. We can provide a detailed site evaluation and calculations showing what percentage of your annual energy requirements can be provided by your solar system.
Having a system that creates solar energy means you use less electricity from your utility company, and that can contribute to lower heating & cooling costs. This is significant, especially when you consider that according to the Department of Energy somewhere between 43% to 56% of energy use in a typical U.S. home comes from heating and cooling. An investment in a solar energy system may also improve the value of your home, thanks to its ability to lower the cost of heating & cooling. Surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development have shown that home values rise an average of $20 for every $1 reduction in annual utility bills.
Solar module has it’s own dedicated Microinverter which provides for a higher capture of energy than traditional single inverter systems. In addition, each Microinverter communicates it’s performance to the web portal providing you the assurance that each of your solar panels is operating at peak levels, and alerting you to any problems.
Once your system is installed, you’ll be able to monitor it’s performance in “real-time” with the communications module on a personal web portal.
This website gives you 24/7 access to real-time data showing your system’s status, energy production levels, and environmental benefits, including carbon offsets you have generated. This monitoring service is provided free for the life of your system.