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The UK Backs Off Plan to Drop Solar Thermal

Backers of solar thermal in the UK have spent the better part of the last six months lobbying their government to prevent solar thermal from being removed from the UK’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) program. The program is similar to the various tax and credit programs local governments in the U.S. offer for renewable energy installations. UK authorities were planning to drop solar thermal from RHI in 2017 so that money being spent to promote it could be invested elsewhere.

The Solar Trade Association led a coalition of lobbyists to convince UK officials to change their plans. The Association began their efforts in earnest with government consultation this past March, bolstered by the support of business owners opposed to the plan.


The typical business owner installing solar thermal in the UK breaks even at about seven years with RHI incentives. In other words, it only takes about seven years for a solar thermal installation to pay for itself. Without RHI incentives, it could take three times as long. The Solar Trade Association and its army of lobbyists argued that eliminating solar thermal from the RHI would prompt business owners to avoid new installations.

Now that the UK government has agreed not to drop solar thermal, there are high hopes for significant expansion in the commercial market. The Solar Trade Association now expects to see the growth it was projecting prior to the March consultation, growth that could help the UK reach its target of 12% renewable heat by 2020.

The Government Incentive Question

Questions about whether government should subsidize solar thermal installations are not unique to the UK. We see the same kinds of things being wrestled with here. Only here, things are a bit more complicated due to the way things are regulated at the federal, state and local levels.

Energy credits are typically the domain of state governments in that utilities are regulated at the state level. However, it’s very common for counties and local municipalities to throw their own credits in as well. The question is always one of how much to spend on incentives and to whom those incentives should be offered.

Here at Solar America Solutions, we have proven that our patented SunQuest 250 solar thermal panel is so efficient and produces so much thermal energy, that systems we have installed have provided a return on investment of less than five years even without government subsidies. However, governments that commit funds to renewable energy demonstrate to the public their support of seeking replacement energy sources that do not rely on fossil fuels.

Solar Thermal in America

Solar America Solutions has been a leader in solar thermal technology since our inception. Here in America, the industry is more focused on commercial applications than residential, which is why our company concentrates on commercial buildings including prison facilities, healthcare facilities, office buildings, dormitories, hotels, and the like.

As solar thermal grows in this country, we are proud to be part of the industry. Our patented SunQuest 250™ solar thermal collector is the best of its type in the business, capable of providing up to 35,000 BTUs per hour per panel, across a ten-hour solar day. Combined with the right equipment and a well-designed installation, the SunQuest 250™ can provide nearly all the space heat and hot water a commercial building requires.

UK government and industry officials have come to realize how important solar thermal is to future renewable energy goals. That’s why they have changed course and are now agreeing to include solar thermal in their RHI program. We would do well to learn from their example. Solar thermal is just as important to the future of renewable energy in the U.S.


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3 Russian Airports Going Solar Thermal

We are always looking for new ideas for implementing solar thermal technology capable of producing adequate space heat and hot water. So we were intrigued to learn that three airports in Russia will be fitted with solar thermal systems in the very near future. The Russian project is being headed up by Basel Aero, a company that operates multiple airports throughout the country.

Solar Thermal World reports that Basel Aero installed a similar system at the Sochi airport just prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics. Apparently, the installation was successful enough that the company now plans additional installations at three airports near the Black Sea.

The Sochi airport was furnished with 132 solar collector panels provided by a German manufacturer. The panels created an estimated 304 m² of additional collector space that combined with existing collectors to create a system that can provide as much as 85% of the airport’s hot water during the summer and 25% in the winter.

SunQuest 250

Thus far, Basel Aero has not said how big the solar projects for the other three airports will be. But we know from personal experience that the right kind of design and implementation can have a very significant impact on the amount of energy used to generate hot water and space heat. If they do the right things, those airports will notice a big difference right away.

Plenty of Commercial Applications

We are always excited to hear about projects like the Russian airport project. Being experts in the field of solar thermal collection, we know what kind of potential this technology holds, both now and for the future. We also know that there are plenty of commercial applications that would benefit from highly efficient solar thermal energy production.

Here in the U.S., solar thermal installations for commercial applications tend to focus on the following areas:

  • Space Heat – Solar thermal collector units convert sun energy into heat which can then be transferred through an interior forced air or hot water heating system to keep buildings warm. A properly designed system is capable of supplying all the space heat a commercial building would need. The most efficient space heating system is radiant floor heat that circulates water heated by solar through PEX tubes in the concrete floor slab.
  • Domestic Hot Water – Solar thermal technology can also produce a significant amount of hot water very quickly and efficiently. That water can be used for lavatory purposes, kitchen purposes, or to power industrial processes. Thermal transfer fluid is circulated from the solar panels through heat exchangers that in turn transfer the heat to a boiler or hot water heater, reducing the amount of fuel needed to achieve target temperatures.
  • Industrial Process Heat – One of the more exciting areas that seem to be growing right now is solar thermal process heat. By using energy from the sun, we can generate heat that that eliminates or significantly reduces fossil fuel generated heat used in industrial processes.

There really are few limits to what we can accomplish with solar thermal for space heating and hot water. And as the technology improves, new ways of using it will be developed. Already we are seeing exciting advances in storage capacity that will eventually make it more practical to utilize solar thermal generated energy around the clock.

At Solar America Solutions, we are especially proud of our patented SunQuest 250® solar thermal collector, now in its 4th generation. The SunQuest 250® is arguably the most efficient solar thermal collector panel on the market capable of output temperatures in excess of 400°F and generation of up to 35,000 BTUs per hour. It also has a limited footprint of just 3′ x 7′, making it possible to get an awful lot out of a relatively small rooftop installation.

We hope the Russian project goes as well as engineers anticipate. If it does, they may motivate airports here in the U.S. to look more seriously at solar thermal. We have plenty of collector panels to accommodate any new projects.


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Two Countries, Two Subsidies – Different Results

Companies like ours are very much in favor of government subsidies to help solar thermal energy take its rightful place in the renewable energy space. It’s not that we believe subsidies ought to be permanent, but that they should be continued until solar thermal can stand on its own. There is ample evidence that proves government subsidies work when applied in the right way.

To illustrate this point, let’s look at two countries and their subsidy programs. Both countries achieved different results based on what they did with their subsidy programs. After reading the information, it should be clear that subsidies have a rightful place in the renewable energy space – at least for the time being.


Solar Thermal in Germany

Attendees of a recent energy symposium in Germany were treated to the good news that the solar thermal industry in that country experienced a 3% growth in sales for the first quarter of the year, following a disappointing 2015 in which sales dropped by approximately 10%. Attendees also heard about how government subsidies have served to boost sales this year.

A report from Solar Thermal World says solar thermal subsidies in Germany have never been stronger. What is known as the German Market Rebate program offers subsidies for numerous renewable heat energy sources, including solar thermal, biomass boilers, and heat pumps. The heat pump category has benefited the most from the program, but solar thermal comes in second place. Biomass boilers have lost about 9%, likely as a result of a drop in fossil fuel prices.

Germany tends to see solar thermal growth whenever subsidies are made available. We hope to see local and national leaders keep things going for a stronger solar thermal market here in the US.

Solar Thermal in Portugal

Government officials in Portugal introduced an incentive scheme known as the Energy Efficiency Fund in May 2015. Their strategy was twofold: to encourage more solar thermal installations for new builds and to help restore existing solar thermal applications installed before 2005. The latter was the more important priority. Unfortunately, the program fell flat and, as a result, solar thermal sales in that country plummeted in 2015.

Experts say that the qualifications were too restrictive for organizations looking for the subsidies. The restrictions were so tight, in fact, that the program received only four applications in the whole of 2015. The money still sits there, but very few organizations qualify to receive it. In effect, the restrictions make the program virtually nonexistent. Without changes, there is little hope for subsidized solar thermal in Portugal.

Solar Thermal Will Stand on Its Own

Solar thermal technology is by no means a flash in the pan with no staying power. We have proven as much with our patented SunQuest 250® solar thermal collector. This collector delivers incredible performance at a very affordable price and with the need for a very small installation footprint. Since the inception of Solar America Solutions, the collector has helped thousands of customers save on their utility bills without sacrificing the availability of space heat and hot water.

Solar thermal technology will stand on its own if we can encourage enough businesses and property owners to adopt it. That is why subsidies are needed for the time being. We need to be able to bring prices down to a point where the industry is self-sufficient, but that’s not possible as long as adoption remains limited.

The proof is in the pudding, so to speak. Where subsidies remain strong, the solar thermal market continues to grow. Where subsidies are weak or entirely nonexistent, solar thermal barely registers.


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UK Solar Milestone Is Proof of Concept

Solar America Solutions has been an industry leader in solar thermal technology for years. Since our business was founded, we have been on the cutting edge of promoting solar thermal as the most cost-effective and energy-efficient way to produce space heat and hot water. To that end, we have developed our patented SunQuest 250® solar thermal collector panel, a highly efficient solar collector that requires just a small footprint yet delivers outstanding results.

Despite the great success we’ve had, we continue to face an uphill battle as we work with our partners within the industry to make solar thermal the dominant clean energy source for certain kinds of applications. The biggest challenge we face is not with the technology itself. It is convincing those who would benefit from solar thermal to make the move. It is with this understanding that we look at a recent milestone reached in the UK as proof of concept.


Solar Out Performs Coal

The kinds of projects we work on at Solar America Solutions involve individual solar thermal installations for commercial space heating and hot water. These projects are small compared to much larger projects designed to completely replace fossil fuels for electricity generation. In the UK, for example, they’ve been using solar thermal as a coal replacement for quite some time. That’s where the recent milestone comes in.

News reports say that solar collector panels in the UK produced more electricity than coal for an entire day. Solar has outpaced coal during peak sunlight hours in the past, but it has never produced more energy over the course of a full 24-hour period. On April 9 (2016) solar generated 4% of the total consumed thermal energy while coal accounted for 3%. An even better performance was recorded on May 8: solar produced 6% while coal remained at 3%.

Reaching this incredible milestone in the UK is proof of concept. In fact, it is better than proof of concept. Solar technology has come a long way over the decades to now be at a point where it is a viable replacement for all sorts of traditional options.

The Strength of Solar Thermal

Among all solar technologies, we believe the strongest contender in the marketplace is solar thermal. The strength of solar thermal is found in two of its main properties, beginning with the fact that solar thermal is based on heat energy rather than converting sunlight into electrical current. In a solar thermal installation, ultraviolet energy from the sun is converted to heat and then transferred to a heat exchanger via a highly efficient thermal liquid. That heat can be used to do nearly anything we currently use steam fossil fuels to do.

Second is the highly efficient nature of solar thermal. Take our patented SunQuest 250® solar collector panel as an example. Because it is based on the proven evacuated tube concept, there is very little energy loss involved. Nearly all of the energy collected is transferred as heat in a constantly circulating thermal liquid that makes it readily available very quickly. Furthermore, because solar thermal collector panels like our’s utilize ultraviolet energy, the technology works flawlessly even on cloudy and the coldest of days.

The success of solar thermal for large-scale electricity generation has already been proven. We now have to convince individual property owners that small-scale installations are equally beneficial. At Solar America Solutions, we know that to be the case. Every installation we have deployed for our customers has proven itself by delivering on its promises without fail. Solar thermal is, without a doubt, the best and most cost-efficient clean energy source in the market.


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New Storage Technology Could Revolutionize Solar Thermal Industry

Solar thermal energy production is one of the most promising renewable energy models we have to work with right now. Yet it does have its limitations, not the least of which is energy storage. Research now being undertaken at Oregon State University could be a definite game changer by creating a new storage solution that makes solar thermal exponentially more effective and cost-efficient. This new storage technology could revolutionize the solar thermal industry if researchers are able to find a way to get to market.

Current solar thermal technology does allow for storage of unused energy during the day. We use a system of storage tanks to capture and store unused solar heat that can then be utilized to continue providing hot water and space heat once the sun goes down. Yet modern storage systems are not ideal. The industry would like to have a solution that is considerably more efficient and powerful. That goal is at the core of the Oregon state University research.


Concentrated Thermochemical Storage

Researchers are now working on an advanced thermochemical storage facility that can both store and reuse concentrated solar thermal heat through a complex chemical process. Their focus is on creating a storage device that would enhance our ability to use solar thermal to generate electricity in conventional power plants. But any storage device developed for this purpose could be scaled down for use in individual solar thermal installations in commercial buildings.

The principle behind thermochemical storage is rather simple. A storage unit is constructed using a variety of components and chemicals that very much resemble a conventional battery. When heat energy is introduced into the storage device, a chemical reaction takes place that causes that heat energy to be stored. Upon discharge, the heat is then transferred out of the storage device into whatever equipment is utilizing it.

The researchers at Oregon State University are taking this concept one step further by utilizing a group of chemicals capable of doing two amazing things. First, the chemicals can theoretically store heat energy for an unlimited amount of time with little or no loss. Second, the chemical process that occurs during discharge produces additional heat that can also be harnessed.

Solving the Storage Issue Opens Doors

Renewable energy development must always be undertaken with the understanding that none of our current sources of renewable energy is 100% reliable. The sun does not always shine, the wind does not always blow, and water does not always move. Therefore, storage capacity is necessary. A reliable storage model is the missing link that could make it possible for us to completely replace fossil fuels in the future.

That day is still a long way off in all likelihood. In the meantime, our focus is on developing the most efficient solar collector panels and storage devices possible. With each new development, we are one step closer to making solar thermal the default renewable energy option worldwide.

Here at home, Solar America Solutions focuses on solar thermal for heat and hot water in commercial buildings. Our systems are highly effective and efficient due to the evacuated tube design of our SunQuest 250 collector panel. A single 25-bulb collector is capable of producing up to 35,000 BTUs per hour in a package with a total rooftop footprint of as little as 21 ft.².

To date, we have installed our systems in prison cellblocks, college dorms, office buildings, industrial buildings, and even agricultural facilities. We would be happy to discuss the potential of solar thermal for your commercial property,. If you want to know more, contact us at 317-688-8581.


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Solar Thermal Offers NC Man New Business Opportunity

North Carolina resident Randy White lost his maintenance mechanic job in 2009. When that happened, he had one of two choices: go find work elsewhere or make good on his dream to own and operate his own solar energy business. The decision was easy, given that White’s father was a chemist and an early pioneer of solar thermal technology. White enrolled in college and graduated three years later with a degree in atmospheric science. Today, he and his brother own a thriving solar thermal business in Asheville.

White’s business concentrates on solar thermal applications to produce hot water. The key to his success is a computerized system that allows his company’s solar collector unit to move with the sun. The tracking system was developed by another Asheville business involved in computer repair.

White and his brother settled on solar thermal because of the incredible potential of the technology. Solar thermal is different in that it does not convert sunlight to electricity. Rather, it converts energy from the sun into heat energy that can be used to provide hot water or space heat. Solar thermal is much more efficient in that it allows a system to do a lot more with less.

As one example, consider an industrial building that uses traditional energy sources to create hot water and provide heating during the winter. The owner of that building could significantly reduce their gas bill by installing a solar thermal system for both needs. A Solar America Solutions system installed in such a building could pay for itself, without subsidies, in 2 to 5 years. Throw in federal and state subsidies and the building owner has an even sweeter deal.


Collectors Make the Difference

The Solar America Solutions business model is similar to that which White is doing in North Carolina, yet with one distinct difference: the collector unit. Our SunQuest 250 collector is an evacuated tube panel that is the most efficient in the industry. It is a 25-bulb collector providing 88 ft.² of absorption space while needing only an area measuring 3′ x 7′ for installation. Just one SunQuest 250 can produce over 35,000 BTUs per hour.

One of the other advantages of our solar thermal collector is the fact that it does not require direct sunlight or any kind of solar tracking system because the panel employs passive tracking made possible by the evacuated tube technology. In fact, it does not even require a clear day with blue skies. The SunQuest 250 relies on ultraviolet rays rather than direct sunshine. That means our panel is collecting energy even on days when the sky is gray and overcast.

Solar America Solutions concentrates on the commercial and industrial sectors because we understand the needs of that market and our panel’s output easily satisfies the needs of most commercial applications. Commercial buildings in this country are the largest users of energy, with much of that energy going toward space heat and hot water. If we can help reduce the commercial demand for energy through solar thermal installations, we will be saving our customers money and reducing our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels.

Since our company was established, we have developed solar thermal installations for agricultural applications, correctional facilities, college dormitories and a variety of industrial and commercial buildings. Each installation is designed to meet the unique needs of the client, both now and in the future. What’s more, our systems are modular and scalable. An installation in your facility can grow as your needs grow.

Solar thermal is the renewable energy solution of the future. Get in on the ground floor now by working with Solar America Solutions to develop a system for your building. Solar thermal saves money and reduces your need for expensive, traditional power sources.


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3 Reasons States Encourage Solar Thermal Technology

New York State is expanding its successful Solar Hot Water program in order to encourage commercial enterprises to embrace solar thermal solutions for hot water production. An announcement to that effect was recently made by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in advance of additional changes that will take effect in 2016. The state hopes to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and electricity for hot water creation.

Prior to the announcement, the Solar Hot Water program was focused mainly on buildings that utilize electricity to create hot water. However, the program has now been extended to include those that use natural gas, heating oil, wood, and propane. Eligible commercial operations can apply for incentives of up to $150,000 per site for the implementation of approved solar thermal hot water solutions.

A solar thermal hot water solution involves a roof mounted solar collection panel, such as our SunQuest 250, that collects solar energy and converts it to heat through a thermal liquid and evacuated tube design. That heat is then used to provide hot water for the building in question.

New York is just one of the many states willingly embracing solar thermal technology for hot water creation. We believe there are three reasons that so many of them are now expanding their incentive programs to commercial applications:


1. Solar Thermal Is Clean

The states are committed to reducing the environmental impact of fossil fuels over the next several decades in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In light of that commitment, they understand that solar thermal technology is a clean technology that is cost-effective to use. Encouraging commercial enterprises to produce their hot water using the sun, rather than fossil fuels or electricity, will result in less stress on the grid and a reduced need for fossil fuel generated power generated by fossil fuel.

2. Solar Thermal Is Efficient

One of the main barriers to renewable energy sources is efficiency. For example, both photovoltaic and wind solutions involve a lot of wasted energy. Solar thermal is different in that waste is nearly nonexistent. Our SunQuest 250 solar collector panels are an excellent example. We employ an evacuated tube design that uses almost all over 95% of the energy collected from the sun. The efficiency of our system results in the most amount of energy being used directly for its intended purpose. State leaders know that highly efficient systems are necessary if commercial enterprises are to be convinced to use them.

3. Solar Thermal Saves Money

Last but not least, the states know that solar thermal can save a commercial enterprise a tremendous amount of money. Doing so allows businesses to grow and expand, stimulating local and state economies as a result.

How much money can be saved? That depends on the particular application, but one of our SunQuest 250 systems is more than capable of providing all most of the space heat and hot water a building needs as long as there is adequate roof space to accommodate the collector panels.

The SunQuest 250 is the most technologically advanced solar collector panel on the market. One panel has a solar absorption area of 88 ft2 but requires an area of only 21 ft2 for installation, yet it is capable of producing up to 35,000 BTUs per hour. When combined with our control units, pumps, storage tanks and monitoring devices, the SunQuest 250 can drastically reduce your energy bills.

If you are looking for a solar thermal solution that will pay for itself within 3 to 5 years, look no further than Solar America Solutions. We are ready to deploy the SunQuest 250 for your commercial application.


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Eiffel Tower Energy Renovation Include Solar Thermal

The world is waking up to the potential of solar thermal technology for space heating and hot water for large commercial applications. Where previous solar applications were heavily focused on residential projects involving individual homes and apartment buildings, focus is now being shifted toward large commercial structures previously thought to be outside the realm of practical application. That is no more. A case in point is the most famous spot on the Paris skyline: the Eiffel Tower.

As a principal tourist attraction, the French landmark known around the world plays host to thousands of visitors every day. All of those people need access to electricity, water and, on cooler days, heat. Therefore, when the Eiffel Tower was designated to receive an energy renovation some time ago, those involved in the project wanted to make sure green energy was part of the plans. The finished product shows just how much the tower now relies on green solutions.

Providing as much as 50% of the tower’s hot water needs is a 10 m² array of solar thermal collectors mounted on the roof of one of the main pavilions. The solar collectors convert the sun’s energy into thermal energy, which is then transferred to a heat exchanger. That heat is then used to provide hot water to the tower’s two pavilions.


Joining the solar thermal system are two high-performance heat pumps, a rainwater collection system, advanced LED lighting, and two vertical-axis wind turbines mounted on the second level. The turbines provide enough electricity to power all of the activities that the first-floor commercial level uses.

Renovating the Eiffel Tower to include green energy proves that using the sun and wind to replace some of our fossil fuels is becoming ever more practical and affordable. If solar thermal-produced hot water is good enough for the Eiffel Tower – where operators cannot risk disappointed guests – it is equally good for nearly any commercial application.

It’s What We Do

Solar America Solutions was thrilled to hear about the solar thermal project being designed for the Eiffel Tower. But truthfully, we were not surprised to see it become reality. Solar thermal technology for space heating and hot water is what we have been working on for years. We know the potential of solar thermal for providing efficient and inexpensive energy for commercial projects. Furthermore, we have seen the potential first-hand through our installations at prison facilities, educational institutions, and agricultural operations.

The idea behind solar thermal is straightforward. We use a technologically advanced solar thermal collector panel that we call the SunQuest 250. It is a collector panel that requires a very small footprint while providing a tremendous output. As a highly efficient evacuated tube collector, the SunQuest 250 relies on the sun’s ultraviolet rays rather than direct sunlight. This means it works equally well on cloudy and overcast days.

The energy collected from the sun is transferred to a thermal liquid running through the The thermal liquid transfers nearly all of the energy we collect to a heat exchanger that can then be used to heat process water, domestic hot water, or provide space heating. Some of our applications have also included solar tanks for storing excess energy that can be used even when the sun goes down.

There are indeed many green energy initiatives now being explored for the commercial sector. From our perspective, none offer as much potential as solar thermal for highly efficient and inexpensive energy.


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Solar Thermal Technology to Be Used for Air Conditioning?

As you are probably already aware, Solar America Solutions uses solar thermal technology to provide space heating and hot water for our customers. In so doing, we have developed the most efficient and cost-effective solar thermal collection unit ever built. Our SunQuest 250 evacuated tube collector can produce heat energy at 475°F. However, could that heat energy also be used for air conditioning?

If research being conducted by students and faculty at Florida’s Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is any indication, it can. Their experiments have shown it is possible to use the heat generated from a solar thermal unit to drive the heat absorption process necessary for refrigeration. It may sound counterintuitive, but it really does work.

The research team built a prototype 300W system that captured the sun’s rays using parabolic mirrors. That energy was then fed to a concentrated collector where it was used to drive a compressor. The team has already built a refrigeration unit similar to the air-conditioning you would find on an RV. The next task is to take the knowledge gleaned from the proof of concept design and scale it up. They hope to eventually build a one-ton air-conditioning unit capable of adequately handling up to 500 ft.² of space.

The main difficulty with the current design is that it only works in areas where direct sunlight is readily available. There is no getting around the fact that parabolic mirrors require ample amounts of direct sunlight. What’s more, the system is nearly useless on overcast days or during the overnight hours. To solve this problem, the team will also be developing a high-capacity storage system alongside their larger air conditioner.

Evacuated Tube Design

When we set out to design our SunQuest 250 solar collector unit, we did so with the understanding that we needed something that would work even in the absence of direct sunlight. We came up with an evacuated tube design capable of achieving two important goals:

  • Efficiency – The bane of existence for most solar energy systems is the lack of efficiency. Evacuated tubes are highly efficient; these allow for nearly all of the generated heat to be used by the system – with no moving parts.




  • Ultraviolet Collection – In addition to our evacuated tubes, the collector materials we use absorb energy from ultraviolet rays. That means the SunQuest 250 does not require direct sunlight to operate at peak performance. The system works quite well even on overcast days.

Like the team at Embry-Riddle, we also wanted our system to be usable during the overnight hours. Therefore, where our customers require it, we install solar tanks with built-in heat exchangers for extra capacity. The tanks store excess thermal energy that can be used either during off-peak times or to keep the system running at night.

Even as we continue working to make the SunQuest 250 even better than it is now, our customers are already enjoying tremendous savings that will enable most of them to pay for their systems within 3 to 5 years, or even less! We have installed the SunQuest 250 to provide space heating and hot water for agricultural operations, prison cellblocks, college dormitories, and more.

We look forward to seeing whether the Florida research team can produce a commercially viable solar thermal air conditioner. In the meantime, we will continue to develop our own technology to provide cost-effective and efficient space heating and hot water for our customers.

Solar Thermal Investment Heading to China

A recent announcement by the Asian Development Bank further demonstrates the usefulness of solar thermal technology as an alternative to traditional energy sources. The bank announced they would be loaning the People’s Republic of China up to $150 million to build a solar thermal power plant in northwestern China.

Solar thermal technology takes energy from the sun’s rays and uses it to heat water or another thermal liquid. That water can then be used for any number of purposes, including space heat, hot water, and electrical generation. The planned project in China will be the largest of its kind, combining 50 MW of power production with a solar thermal storage system that will allow the plant to continue generating power at night.

Renewable Energy of the Future

It is exciting to see the developments in Asia, especially in light of the large-scale nature of the planned project. If solar thermal can be a profitable venture for massive concentrated power production, it is even more profitable for smaller-scale operations like those Solar America Solutions is involved with.

Solar America Solutions designs solar thermal solutions that provide both space heat and hot water for commercial applications. Our projects have proved beneficial for a number of applications, ranging from prison cellblocks to  college dormitories. Our customers enjoy significant savings with the installation of our highly efficient and state-of-the-art panels and the associated peripheral equipment.




The main advantages of our solar thermal solutions are as follows:

  • Small Footprint – Our solar thermal collection panels are so powerful and efficient that you need fewer of them to get the results you are looking for. Just one panel can generate up to 30,000 BTUs per hour, yet requires a rooftop footprint measuring as little as 3′ x 7′.
  • Ultraviolet Energy – Our SunQuest 250 solar thermal panels do not need direct sunlight because they rely on the sun’s ultraviolet rays instead. That means our panels continue to pump out the BTUs even on cloudy and overcast days and even on the very coldest days. The same cannot be said for other types of solar collector panels.
  • Thermal Efficiency – We have designed our collection tubes to be as efficient as possible in order to maximize production while minimizing heat loss. Our evacuated tubes act like an insulated thermos to prevent nearly all heat loss during the thermal energy collection and transfer process.
  • Affordability – Solar thermal energy used for space heat and hot water saves our customers an average of 30% to 40% in annual energy costs. The savings, combined with federal and state tax credits, means most of our systems pay for themselves within 3 to 5 years.

Putting Solar Thermal to Work for You

Although we are confident just about every commercial property owner could somehow benefit from the use of solar thermal energy, we understand there will be some exceptions. Therefore, the first step in determining whether one of our systems is right for you or not is to contact us so we can help you evaluate your situation.

If we can help you save money on your annual energy bills by providing space heat and hot water, we will put together a customized system to achieve maximum savings. Bear in mind that our solar collector panels are both SRCC certified and ARRA “made in America” compliant.

Solar America Solutions might not be building large-scale power plants in China, but we do offer state-of-the-art solar thermal solutions that are helping our customers save money and reduce their carbon footprint. There is a strong possibility one of our systems can work for you too. Our current applications include the commercial, agricultural, government, hospitality, manufacturing, and education sectors.