What is Solar Thermal Power?

WHAT IS SOLAR THERMAL POWER?

Solar energy is collected through solar collectors and the energy is converted to heat. The heat is then used to produce on-site hot water and radiant heat for living spaces. Typically, a heat exchanger is used to transfer heat form the fluid circulating through the solar collectors to potable water – potable water does not circulate through the collectors. Solar thermal systems, especially those used for swimming pool heating, are currently the most cost-effective use of solar energy.

Benefits of solar thermal energy include

  • Hot water production is the largest single use for residential energy
  • Most cost-effective way to heat swimming pools other bodies of water and residential hot water systems
  • Most cost-effective way to heat a building (home or facility)
  • Very low maintenance
  • Durable and reliable (average Grade A system lifespan is 20-30 years)
  • Contributes to energy independence
  • Can be used as a back up system to provide hot water and space heating during utility outages