Flat Panel Solar Reduces Hot Water Costs

67 Flat Panel Solar Hot Water System Reduces Annual Costs by $8K

Virginia_apartments_67_flat_plate_collectors_(1)U.S. Environmental Protection Agency figures show that 73.2 percent, or nearly three-quarters, of the 300 gallons of water the average American family uses daily requires heating for use in the shower, laundry, etc. Thermal (or solar) technologies “displace the need to use electricity or natural gas” to heat that water, says the Solar Energy Industries Association, to help consumers shrink their utility bills along with their carbon footprints. Together, Kingspan Environmental and Amidus are helping area clients reap the financial—and environmental—benefits of going solar.

“Amidus asked us to design a flat panel solar thermal system for use atop an 11-story Arlington, Virginia, apartment building which serves 300 residents, who are primarily senior citizens,” explains Seamus Cussen, commercial director for Kingspan Environmental in Jessup. “After our 67-panel system was installed, their client saw dramatic improvements in both the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of hot water delivery within that complex. That’s not surprising, since we expected this application of solar flat panels to save them as much as $8,000 in utility costs in the first year with a break even point at seven years.”

The Virginia property owners were also able to avail themselves of a 30 percent federal tax credit related to the installation of Kingspan Environmental's solar flat panels by Amidus. “In some cases,” adds Cussen, “local tax incentives and property tax deductions can help reduce the cost of residential and commercial solar thermal projects even further.” Kingspan products are used in solar hot water system installations across the U.S. and Canada, benefiting institutions and businesses like George Washington University in D.C., Texas A&M University at Kingsville and Cliff House Resort & Spa in Maine.

“I found my initial experience with Kingspan to be highly satisfactory from many different perspectives: technical, client engagement, service and product quality,” says Pranay Kholi for Amidus, a clean energy consulting firm headquartered in Maryland. “I’ve since worked with them on many more projects.”

“The [client is] happy with the results of our collaboration and with how the products, project and whole system performed and continue to perform. They are also happy about the savings they’ve achieved so far—in both energy-related and financial terms.” From a technical standpoint, Kinspan Environmental's flat panel solar collectors are:

  • High performing for high yield
  • Built to efficiently harness solar energy
  • Ideal for residential and commercial applications
  • Designed and engineered to withstand long-term use
  • Backed by generous technical support and warranty programs

“Kingspan Environmental offers a very well-balanced, complete portfolio of renewable energy technology,” adds Kholi, who also serves as a director of the Maryland-DC-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association, or SEIA, and as an advisor to both the Institute for Energy & Environmental Research and the Maryland Clean Energy Center. “Their products are some of the best in the industry—offering performance, longevity and value for money.” Architects, designers, installers and others interested in learning more about Kingspan Solar hot water systems – and Kingspan Environmental’s full line of renewable energy products – should call Seamus Cussen at (410) 799-6602 or visit www.kingspansolar.com. About Kingspan Environmental A division of Kingspan Group, Kingspan Environmental is a solar thermal product industry leader offering cost-effective renewable energy systems with commercial and residential applications. With 1,000 employees across North America and 25+ years of solar technology, design, specification and installation experience, we deliver premium products and design services which are tailored to our clients’ needs.