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How Much Money Can Solar Panels Save You?

Adoption of solar energy is growing rapidly across the United States and, at Solar America Solutions, we are delighted to be a part of the renewable energy industry and the fight against greenhouse gases. We are also immensely proud of our SunQuest 250 evacuated tube solar thermal collector panel – the most efficient product of its kind, and one being utilized by a growing number of commercial and residential properties.

One of the common questions asked by potential customers is a justifiably upfront one: “How much money can solar panels save me?” Unfortunately, as much as we’d like to give a straight up answer, it is impossible for anybody to calculate exactly how much money can be saved by using solar thermal collectors.

The amount of money saved will vary based on a number of factors, including how much energy your property consumes, the position of your property in relation to the sun, fluctuating energy prices from utility companies and, of course, the weather! Over the long term, whether you decide to lease or purchase your solar panels outright will also affect savings.

So, while it’s hard for us to give an exact answer, we can provide you with an estimate of how much money can be saved by installing SunQuest 250 panels at your home or business.

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Energy Bill Reductions

SunQuest 250 solar thermal collector panels will help make significant savings on your energy bills – that, we can guarantee!

Many businesses owners have reported savings of between 50 and 90 per cent on energy bills after installing our solar panels on their property.
Using the figure of 50 per cent, we can estimate that, if your business spends a $1,000 per month on thermal energy (gas, oil, etc.), solar panels will reduce your utility bills by $500 per month. Over a year, that will equate to savings of $6,000! Savings for homeowners are equally as impressive. Say you spend $300 per month on energy at home; savings of 50 per cent due to solar panel installation will amount to $1,800 a year. And that’s only using the conservative figure of 50 per cent!

Solar Renewable Energy Credits

Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) are offered by several states, with more to follow, and are a form of “green tag” that requires utility companies to secure a portion of their electricity from solar generators. BTU savings can be calculated in KWH and are just as viable for SRECs as are electricity generating solar panels. SRECs are tradable commodities and can earn you money for the energy that you save.

Adding Value

Aside from the monthly and yearly savings, installing SunQuest 250 evacuated tube collectors at your home or business can add considerable value to your property. Studies show that installing solar panels on a home instantly adds between $18,000 and $23,000 in value, meaning that, as well as saving money, you can earn a profit from solar energy. Imagine what the added value would be for your business! Solar panels also make your home or business much more desirable to potential buyers, so securing a deal will not prove a problem!

To talk about how much you can expect to save by installing SunQuest 250 evacuated tube solar thermal collector panel system at your property, contact Solar America Solutions today.

4 Myths of Solar Panels

Solar thermal collector panels are the most widely accessible form of renewable energy there is, providing homes and businesses across the United States and the world with a credible alternative to utility companies and fossil fuels. In sunny areas like California and Florida, solar energy is already able to compete with coal and nuclear plants, so why is it that SunQuest 250 systems are not installed in every home and business? Well, for those not overly familiar with solar panels, there are a number of common misconceptions that make people hesitant to invest in such technology. Today, we will dispel some of these myths.


1. Solar panels are only for “eco-warriors”

Energy is a hot topic at the moment and people tend to have differing views on global warming and how to proceed with renewable technology. What political parties do tend to agree on though is the fact that solar thermal collectors are beneficial to us all. This point was proven in a poll conducted earlier this year by influential analytics firm Gallup, which revealed that two in three Americans want to put more emphasis on producing domestic energy and over three quarters (76%) want to do it using solar power.

2. The investment is too great

People are often put off solar energy by the apparent initial cost of installing panels. However, if you look closer at the cost, you will see that the upfront figure is much lower than it appears. First, the SunQuest 250 is one of the most affordable solar thermal collectors on the market; combine this with the numerous government grants and tax relief schemes in operation and the cost is a fraction of what it seems to be.
In addition to this, government support of solar power means that attractive finance and lease packages are readily available from Solar America Solutions dealers.

3. Solar energy doesn’t make financial sense

People considering solar panels may be worried about the investment making financial sense. We can assure you that it does. SunQuest 250 solar thermal collector panels have a lifespan of between 30 and 40 years. It is estimated that a SunQuest solar thermal system will cut at least 50 percent off a power bill and often much more. Your monthly gas bills are $5,000 that would equate to a saving of $1,500. Based on these savings, it would take you just 4 years to pay off the initial investment. Add these energy savings to the thousands of dollars that a solar system can add to a property, and the investment is one of the best capital improvements that you can make.

4. I’ll be locked into a lengthy agreement

A long-term solar energy agreement isn’t like a cell phone contract where the product will become old and out of fashion. As explained in myth number 3, solar panels add considerable value to a property, so if you ever decided to sell your property, you can easily recoup the cost and make a profit on the installation.
Many of the misconceptions surrounding solar thermal collector panels are simply untruths. Many of the misunderstandings about the panels date back to the 1990s when systems were first becoming mainstream. Today, with Solar America Solutions’ proven projects incorporating the SunQuest 250 panels, solar energy is an affordable investment for everyone.

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.