Locations where energy costs are high
If the area where you’re building experiences particularly high energy costs or there is only access to one energy type, solar thermal is an excellent solution. Gas water heating is typically cheaper than electric, so if gas is not available in the area, electricity is your only option for traditional water heating. Solar thermal system installation will allow you to avoid high electricity prices and offer more options for your water heating solution.
There is a need for consistent hot water
Many types of commercial facilities have a consistent need for hot water for operations, such as in laboratories, hospitals, or housing quarters. Because of the hot water demand, energy expenses are high for water heating in these applications. Solar thermal systems can allow a facility to significantly cut their hot water expenses, and should be considered when designing such a facility.
Energy security is a necessity
When designing a building, energy availability must be considered to ensure the facility can receive adequate energy to power their hot water heating system as well as other vital systems. In remote areas, energy sources may not be available or are lacking. In some parts of the world, energy supply is not always a sure thing. Solar thermal systems reduce a facility’s energy dependency by allowing the facility to produce most of its hot water with very little energy use.
If you’re about to build, Smith Sustainable Design can help you determine if solar thermal is right for your application. We’ll walk you through solar thermal system basics, as well as the particular advantages in your scenario.