24 Hour Solar LLLP
Utilizing abundant and appropriate renewable energy resources, heating and cooling needs are realized by implementing proven energy conversion technologies in hybrid systems.
- Solar energy collection and conversion
- Collector management
- Energy Storage
- Energy Segregation
- Energy Conditioning
- Heat Distribution
"I thought I would give you an update on my thermal solar panel in Marshall. Last winter I used it most of the winter (installed in November 2010) and used a record low 400 gallons of LP. Last year was a long cold winter so I was very pleased. This past winter I used around 200 gallons (a new record) of LP and shut my furnace off completely in the 3rd week of March!" Customer
Solar Thermal Collectors
- Solar thermal collectors can be used to produce domestic hot water for residential/commercial needs.
- Solar thermal collectors are 30% – 70% efficient in converting the sun’s energy into usable heat vs. solar electric or P.V. panels which are 10% – 15% efficient in converting the sun’s energy into usable electricity.
- Solar thermal water heaters are capable of providing up to 70% or more of annual hot water used.
- Solar Skies thermal collectors produce approximately 1,000 btus’ per sq. ft. per day. One Solar Skies SS-40 Series solar thermal collector can produce 40,000 btus’ daily.
- 1 sq. ft. of solar thermal collector can produce up to 1 1/2 gallons of hot water per day. So a 4’ x 10’ (Solar Skies SS-40) solar thermal collector can produce 40 – 60 gallons of 120° water per day in MN.
- Solar thermal collectors must face south. Within 30° East or West of due South is acceptable.
- Solar thermal collectors should be tilted equal to the latitude of the location they are installed in for best year-round performance. 45° from horizontal in MN.
- Solar thermal collectors can be mounted on a roof, a building’s side wall, or on the ground away from the building.
- Snow or morning frost will accumulate on the collector but will melt off as soon as the sun comes out.
- The tempered glass used to manufacture the Solar Skies Collectors is not as fragile as it might seem. It has been tested and SRCC approved for 350 PSI.
- The life span of a solar thermal collector is 30+ years with no or minimal maintenance.
I have to take this opportunity to share with you my observations of the day; right now it is MINUS 6 F, there is a 20+ mph wind blowing, the sun is hazy @ 1 PM, and my solar panels are delivering 8 gpm of 110F water to my home heating system. Customer