Sunday, January 25, 2009

There is enough sun for everyone-- the proof!








We purchased a solar hot air system (Solarsheat) from Maine Green Building Supply back in August and got a 25% rebate from the state. I had been doing research on solar since May 2008 and had learned that solar hot air was the best option for my home (location, slope of roof, position of gable end, etc.). I blogged about this back in June.

We bought a Solarsheat 1500GS/G dual panel system back in August. We completed the installation shortly after January 1. We delayed the installation to change windows and siding at the same time.

We've been AMAZED at how well this system works.

It was sunny and cold yesterday, so I decided to document how well it works. Check out the attached photos. I can only post a few, but I can share a bunch more showing details of the expert installation (thank you to Vanier Construction!) and detailed performance.

You can see that yesterday (cold, but bright and sunny) the Solarsheat blew 150° F air into our home and heated the area to 75° F.

Maine is continuing to offer a 25% rebate on the solar hot air panels. I think every home in Maine should get one. When the sun is out, my boiler does not need to heat my house. I am saving oil every sunny day!

I would encourage everyone in Maine to investigate this.

Cheers,

Mark

Here are some links:

Solarsheat: www.yoursolarhome.com/

Maine Green Building Supply: www.mainegreenbuilding.com

Maine Solar Rebates from Efficiency Maine: www.efficiencymaine.com/renewable_programs_solar.htm

Expert installation by Vanier Construction: 885-9389

2 comments:

STEVE said...

Mark - thank you for sharing that posting and your enthusiasm. I recently sold 6 of the 2-Pack units and look to sell many more to many Maine families who need to find alternatives to fossil fuels.

Best regards,
Steve
Saco Solar Store

Fred Horch said...

Mark - Thanks for the write up!

Steve - Congratulations on your sales!

We've been offering the SolarSheat in my store (F.W. Horch) for the past year and half. I've written several articles and talked with literally hundreds of people about them.

We received lots of interest at Common Ground Fair last year when we brought a demo unit.

Hope the word gets out and people start buying more of them.

Our top two products (in terms of getting people excited) are worms and solar air space heaters. Nice to see them both featured on this site!

Best regards,
Fred