Butch – Solar Water Pool Heater – Nevada, Missouri

 

Butch wanted an inexpensive way to heat his pool thereby extending pool season in Missouri. A solar water pool heater is less expensive to operate than conventional pool heaters. The temperature can be automatically set keeping your pool at a steady, comfortable temperature. Using the existing pool pump and equipment is another way this is cost effective and it does not use any additional energy. There are no additional moving parts added to the pool system. Butch’s garage housed his existing pool equipment so a rooftop mount was optimal and located near his pool.

Jay – Solar Water Heater – Columbia MO

Jay had the opportunity to add a solar water heater to his home.  Due to the limited roof space, we went with an awning mount.  This allowed us to maximize sun exposure based on the location of the home.

System Details:
One Rack mount Solar Thermal Panel with aluminum cladding
60 gallon Storage Tank
VELUX Pump Station
Single tank with electric backup

Angela & Alan – Solar Water Heater – Columbia MO

We met Angela and Alan at our booth during Columbia Earth Day 2011.  They had been looking for a way to make solar a part of their lives.  After a free Solar Site Analysis, we had a discussion about their solar goals and budget. The existing water heater was still working so we designed this as a preheat system. When the existing water heater wears out, they can continue to use their solar water heater as a stand alone system with no interruption to the hot water for their home.

System Details:
Two Roof Integrated Solar Thermal Panels with combi-flashing
80 gallon Storage Tank
VELUX Pump Station
Preheat for natural gas water heater

Ellen & Ian – Solar Water Heater – Columbia MO

Ellen and Ian were ready to make another statement about their commitment to reduce their footprint.
Several years ago they had the foresight to install a tank-less water heater that could accept preheated water from a solar water heater. The system Dogwood Solar installed directly ties in with existing water heater. The tank-less water heater only turns on when hot water is used if there is not enough heat in the solar storage tank.

System Details:
Two Roof Integrated Solar Thermal Panels with combi-flashing
80 gallon Storage Tank
VELUX Pump Station
Preheat for tank-less water heater

Chris & Lynn – Solar Water Heater – Columbia MO

Chris had been looking at his options for solar for some time.  The relatively high cost of heating water with propane, an aging water heater, and attractive incentives prompted him to choose Dogwood Solar to install a new solar water heater.

System Details:
One Roof Integrated Solar Thermal Panel
60 gallon Storage Tank
VELUX Pump Station

Our solar hot water video with WxTV

This video is a great place to start learning about solar water heating. It covers some frequently asked questions and describes the components drain-back solar water heater we installed in Columbia, MO in July 2010.

The interview was produced by the Montana Weatherization Training Center.  They have informative videos on weatherizing your home as well as other measures to reduce energy costs.

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