(408) 432-9900

Solar Hot Water Installs in the News

Unfortunately, solar thermal installations don’t receive much attention in the media, so Free Hot Water offers this run down of some notable solar thermal success stories that we’ve recently seen in the US market.

Clif Bars’ HQ and Test Kitchens Go Solar Thermal

Clif Bar, the organic energy bar and snack company, has received LEED Platinum Green Building certification for its Emeryville, Calif, headquarters. Among the technologies that Printcontributed to the LEED Platinum award is a solar thermal system that provides 70% of the hot water needed for the office building’s test kitchens, showers, cafeteria, childcare center, and more. On the solar PV side, a 531.6 kW DC system generates about 90% of the energy needed by Clif Bar’s 115,000 sq. ft. building.

Built by San Francisco-based DPR Construction and designed by ZGF Architects based in Portland, Ore, Clif Bar’s headquarters was completed in 2010. In addition to solar technologies, Clif Bar earned LEED Platinum for its energy efficiency, materials selection, sustainable site development, water savings, and indoor environmental quality.

Students Fund Solar Heated Pool Project at Western Washington University

Western Washington University’s indoor pool is getting a solar hot water upgrade—thanks Western_Washington_University_optto its students, who are committed to reducing the university’s carbon footprint with their own money.

Through WWU’s Green Energy Fee Grant Program, students research how to green the University and apply for green energy project awards. Each project is funded through the students, who pay a $7 green energy fee per quarter.

The latest program award went to a group of students who wanted to heat the University’s pool and recreation center, saving 25% to 40% on the rec center’s annual water heating costs. After receiving competitive bids, the students received $219,511 from the Green Energy Grant. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014 and may be a model for adding solar hot water to WWU dorms and other buildings on campus.

The City of Milwaukee Invests In Solar Thermal

The City of Milwaukee’s solar program Milwaukee Shines, is well known for promoting the adoption of solar energy throughout the Milwaukee area, but the city isn’t just promoting Milwaukee Solar Shines_optsolar. It’s putting its words into action and installing solar thermal on various city facilities, especially on city firehouses.

So far, six City of Milwaukee fire engine houses have installed small solar hot water systems on their roofs, while other city facilities are taking advantage of other renewable energy systems.

Check out the full list of the City of Milwaukee’s installations here. There, you can also see the firehouses’ real time solar thermal production through a SunReports solar monitoring system.

Slowly but surely, solar thermal is growing in the United States.  If you’ve got solar thermal installation news—especially news with Free Hot Water products or engineering services—send it our way at: solarfred@freehotwater.com. Give us as much detail as possible, especially its application, size, and estimated annual energy savings.

This entry was posted in Solar Hot Water, Solar hot water case studies, Solar Hot Water for Apartment Buildings, Solar Hot Water Monitoring, Solar Thermal & Solar Hot Water News, solar thermal for process heat. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.