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Solar Panels: What to Consider Before Buying

Solar America Solutions’ SunQuest 250 panels are the most advanced and efficient solar thermal collector panels on the market, capable of producing up to 30,000 BTUs per hour and developing output temperatures of over 300˚ F. Our panels have an efficiency level of 94 percent and are suitable for both residential and commercial applications, making them the ideal solar solution for the budget and environmentally conscious property owner.
However, while we are confident that our solar panels are the best around, and tax credits and governments grants make them highly affordable, we understand that investing in solar energy is a big step to take. With that in mind, here are a few things you should consider before buying.




Which way does your roof face?

Roof mounts are the most common type of solar panel installation and the majority of SunQuest 250 solar thermal collector panels are installed on the rooftops of the homes and businesses of our customers. Traditionally, in order to get the maximum benefit from solar panels, it was important that a roof faced the right direction. The U.S. being a northern hemisphere country means that solar panels performed best on a south facing roof. Because the SunQuest 250 utilizes the massive power of the sun’s UV rays rather than infra-red rays (heat), the direction the panels face is no longer significant. We have many successful applications with east and west facing panels. The pitch of the roof was also be important; because traditional solar panels work best at a 30-35 degree angle. Again, this is not the case with the SunQuest 250 – it only requires that the panel sits at an angle of at least 20 degrees. The angle to the sun is not important.

Shading and obstruction from trees and other buildings may also affect performance and a ground or pole mount could prove to be the best option.


When do you use the most energy?
SunQuest 250 solar thermal collector panels harness the sun’s UV rays and convert it directly into thermal energy (heat) for your business or home. Solar panels therefore provide the best value when using a lot of energy in daylight hours but heat collected in daylight hours can be stored in solar tanks to supplement heat applications after the sun goes down. Making changes to your daily routine such as taking a shower or bath and drying clothes during daylight can really maximize the benefits of solar power.


How long will you live in a property?

SunQuest 250 panels can typically pay for themselves within 3 to 5 years, so to really benefit from their installation you should consider staying in a property for over 5 years. That being said, if you do plan on moving home or business before a system has paid for itself, the value that solar will add to a property can ensure you recoup your initial outlay. In addition to this, a property with solar panels instantly becomes more desirable to potential buyers.
How much are you spending on energy?

As the cost of energy continues to rise, solar thermal collectors consistently prove to be a wise investment. Depending on energy usage, solar panels can reduce energy bills by 50 to 90 percent, resulting in savings amounting to thousands of dollars each year.

If, after having taken these considerations into account you feel ready to go solar, get in touch with Solar America Solutions and prepare to reap the benefits of SunQuest 250 solar thermal collector panels.

Obama Leads the Way in Solar Power Adoption

At Solar America Solutions, we’re always keen to talk about the benefits of solar power and how systems such as our very own SunQuest 250 solar thermal collector panel can be beneficial to America’s place as a leader in renewable energy.

Solar energy is not only beneficial to the environment by helping users reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and nuclear sources as well as reducing harmful carbon dioxide emissions, it can help owners save thousands of dollars in energy bills over a lifetime. Of course, as much as the Solar America Solutions name is growing across the U.S., our message, and the message of solar energy being essential for the future of the planet, doesn’t reach as far or wide as we’d like. Therefore, it would be more beneficial for the solar industry as a whole to have a more well known spokesperson championing the cause, and who better to do this than the 44th President of the United States himself, Barack Obama?


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Obama’s Pledge

Back in October of 2010, the Obama administration pledged to put solar thermal collector tubes on the White House as a sign of the president’s commitment to renewable energy and solar power in particular. Being someone who would rather show than tell, almost three years later, the installation of these panels has taken place.

The White House confirmed the news last month, with between 20 and 50 panels said to have been installed on the roof of the world’s most famous residence. A White House spokesperson said that the initiative “will help demonstrate that historic buildings can incorporate solar energy and energy efficiency upgrades, while it is estimated to pay for itself in energy savings over the next eight years.”

When the administration first confirmed the embracing of solar energy, then-energy secretary Steven Chu said: “This project reflects President Obama’s strong commitment to U.S. leadership in solar energy and the jobs it will create here at home. Deploying solar energy technologies across the country will help America lead the global economy for years to come.”

The installation of solar panels further solidifies, Obama’s stance on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and adds to the administrations deployment of hybrid cars and trucks and $2 billion commitment to upgrade federal buildings at no up-front cost to the taxpayer.

The Washington Post, who reported the story, noted that this is not the first time the White House has had solar thermal collectors installed, as President Jimmy Carter has previously had 32 panels installed in the late 70s to provide hot water.


Proof that Solar Power is here to stay

There can be no greater endorsement of solar power than from the most powerful and well known man on the planet and it shows that products like the SunQuest 250 are here to stay. Not only this, it shows that solar energy is fast becoming the number one alternative to fossil fuels and are helping to save the planet with each new solar thermal collector panel that is installed.

Benefits of Choosing Solar Thermal

Solar Thermal

These days, sustainability touches every part of our lives; everything from the cars we drive to the food we eat to the amount of energy we consume. For businesses and other large-scale enterprises, something that needs to be seriously considered is choosing solar thermal options for heating and water.

Solar thermal energy is distinctly different from solar electrical generation. Where solar electrical generation relies on photovoltaic cells to convert the sun’s rays directly into electrical current, solar thermal energy uses the sun to heat a liquid component, which can then be used for other purposes.

The two most common purposes are:

  • Space Heat – The hot liquid from solar thermal collector panels is forced through a heat exchanger or conventional liquid-based space heating system. The process of convection keeps the liquid flowing so that heating units remain active. Any excess heat can be stored for later use.
  • Hot Water – Solar thermal collector panels can also be used to provide hot water for cleaning, bathing, and so on. By connecting the system to a storage tank, water temperature is constantly maintained for greatest efficiency.

Solar Thermal Incentives

Solar America Solutions is now offering the SunQuest 250 system that includes solar thermal collector panels and the rest of the equipment necessary to harness and use the sun’s energy. The benefits of deploying such a system are evident if you stop and think about them. For example, businesses that use the SunQuest 250 reduce their energy consumption and utility bills.

Other benefits are also available by way of the following incentives:

  • Federal Taxes – Currently the federal government is offering a 30% tax incentive for companies willing to install solar thermal systems. If you are a business owner, you can use all the tax breaks you can get.
  • Government Grants – To help finance the installation of SunQuest 250 panels, or other similar systems, federal and state governments offer cash grants to help defray the costs. Remember that grant money is money that doesn’t need to be repaid.
  • Energy Credits – A solar thermal system is normally eligible for renewable energy credits. These credits apply directly to your annual tax liability at the state and federal levels.

A solar thermal system from Solar America typically pays for itself within 3 to 5 years. What’s more, the third-generation of solar thermal collector panels boast a 94% efficiency rating. There is simply no better way to harness the sun’s ultraviolet rays to provide hot water and space heating for your commercial or residential building.

When you install a solar thermal solution from Solar America, you will be saving money and helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By reducing your dependence on external energy sources, you are using fewer fossil fuels; fuels that increase greenhouse gases.

Whether you are building new or remodeling existing space, we encourage you to consider the Solar America SunQuest 250 solar thermal collector panels. They are a wise investment for any business, government agency, healthcare facility or educational institution.

Beating the Weather with Solar Energy

What is enemy number one for traditional flat plate solar thermal energy collection? Lack of direct sunlight. Flat plate collection panels work well on clear, bright, sunny days; they become virtually useless in cloudy and cool weather. However, with Solar America Solutions’ new evacuated tube solar thermal collectors, it is possible to beat the weather.

The Solar America SunQuest 250 system depends on an evacuated tube solar thermal collector panel to harness the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) energy and transfer it to thermal energy. The highly efficient system is reliable, powerful, and fully scalable. That means it can be used on a small scale for residential homes or for large-scale industrial and commercial applicaitons.

SunQuest 250 by SolarAmerica Solutions

The Difference between Flat Plate and Evacuated Tube Solar Thermal

There are two primary differences between traditional flat plate technology and the SunQuest 250. The first of those differences lies in the way the sun’s energy is captured. Flat plate systems take advantage of what is known as “infrared” (the heat you feel on your skin) to generate heat. Because it captures only infrared rays this type of system is not very dependable without direct sunlight.

The evacuated tube solar thermal collector panel used by the SunQuest 250 depends on ultraviolet rather than infrared rays. The advantage of ultraviolet rays is the fact that they penetrate cloud cover and are not affected by the outside temperature, making it possible to collect heat regardless of most weather conditions. It works equally well on both hot and cold days and quite well even on cloudy days.

The second difference between the two systems deals with heat loss.  A flat plate system delivers the sun’s infrared energy into heated fluid but loses much of back into the atmosphere because of inefficient insulation. While this makes the system practical for seasonal applications like heating swimming pools and for providing supplemental domestic hot water, it is not efficient enough for large scale industrial and commercial applications.

The SunQuest 250 is a solar thermal solution that very efficiently converts solar UV energy into significant amounts of heat year round, and dependably regardless of the weather conditions. That heat can be used to, provide hot water, space heat or any other application where BTUs are needed.  This system even promises to be a source of electricity generation by powering turbine generators. Solar thermal, using UV rays has a lot more potential than traditional flat plate technology.

A Case Study

Just to give you a taste of the potential of the SunQuest 250, consider the University of Indianapolis. Last summer we installed 10 SunQuest 250 solar thermal collector panels on the roof of a brand-new, 65-bed dormitory. The system now provides 98% of the hot water for the entire dormitory.

As a result, this building consumes virtually no external gas energy for hot water provision. That saves the university a significant amount of money over the course of a school year. What’s more, it is just the start of what Solar America Solutions can do for the school.

By using evacuated tube solar collectors, it is entirely possible to provide hot water and space heat across the entire 50-acre campus. And while it would cost some money to retrofit existing buildings at the University, the scalable SunQuest 250 system would pay for itself very quickly.  The University is also targeting its competition swimming pool as a near future candidate for this solar heat technology.

If you’ve been thinking about solar energy for your business, there’s no longer a need to be concerned about the weather. Now you can beat the weather with the SunQuest 250.