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Solar Water Heaters
Solar water heating is a clean, environmentally friendly, reliable, and cost-effective means of providing domestic hot water.  Water heating accounts for approximately 25% of the total energy used in a typical single-family home.  An electric water heater is the biggest energy user of all appliances in the home. 

High efficiency, low cost “Evacuated Tube Systems” solar water heaters are an emerging renewable energy means to heat water for domestic and commercial use.  The evacuated (vacuum) tubes consist of two-walled extremely strong borosilicate glass.  The outer tube allows light rays to pass through and the inner tube absorbs ultraviolet (UV) rays from direct/indirect sun.  UV rays produce heat regardless of the ambient temperature.  Heat is conducted into a center copper heat tube which heats the water in the header of the collector. $3500 Plus or Minus (Site Specific)

 

 

The hot water generated in the solar water heater is circulated through an existing hot water system, or new distribution system, and stored in the existing hot water heater or auxiliary storage vessel.  Solar water heaters will heat the circulating water to +/- 125º 

-- based on the sun exposure/cloud cover.  A small pump in the control panel circulates the water between the collectors and the storage tank/vessel.  The pump runs when the water in the solar collector is warmer than the water in the tank.  

The heated water may also be used for radiant floor heating, swimming pools, hot tubs, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

Photovoltaic (PV)/Solar Panels

Every hour the sun beams onto Earth more than enough energy in available to satisfy global energy needs for an entire year.  Solar energy is the technology used to harness the sun's energy and make it useable.  Solar photovoltaic electric systems are a popular choice among renewable energy options due to the low maintenance requirements and the long lifetime of the system components, for as long as 25 years.

Photovoltaic/solar panels can assist the owner with achieving a significant degree of energy independence. Solar panels can be modular configured to supply power for the entire need of the point of service, or provide back-up power, or serve as a supplement to the existing power grid.      

Grid-Tied PV System:  A grid-tied system is the most common type of solar system. It allows the consumer to use solar-generated electricity to save energy and reduce costs.  A grid-tied system allows excess power produced by the solar system to be fed back to the utility grid through a process known as net-metering. With net-metering surplus power from the renewable energy system rotates the power meter in reverse.  If the demand for power at the point of use is greater than the capacity of the PV system the meter rotates forward.   

Off-Grid PV System:  An off-grid PV system operates independently from the utility grid, providing all of the power needed at the point of use. An off-grid system is typical for remote areas without commercial utility service, or where installing power lines would be extremely costly.

 

 

      Wind Turbines

The wind has been an important source of energy in the U.S. for a long time and continues to rapidly grow.  A wind turbine converts wind power into electrical power for multiply uses.  Based on location and incentives a wind energy system may be one of the most cost-effective renewable energy means. Depending on the local wind resource, a small wind energy system can lower a user’s electrical bill by 50% to 90%.  Small wind electric systems can make a significant contribution to our nation’s energy needs, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Wind turbines and solar panels work well together in hybrid systems.  Due to solar-wind variations hybrid systems provide a more consistent year-round power source.  Wind resources are influenced by terrain and other local factors.  Matrix Renewable Energy will aid the potential user in determining the merits of installing a wind turbine system based on site specific parameters.   

Small wind turbines (1.5 kW to 3.0 kW) Our Systemsare available for residential rooftop installations. Agricultural/rural uses may benefit significantly with a larger wind turbine (10 kW to 20 kW) due to available grant funding, and available space.  The Department of Treasury Section 1603 grant provides a refund of 30% of the turnkey cost of the system.  If illegible, the owner may also seek a USDA REAP grant which provides a refund of 25% of the total system cost (in addition to the Section 1603 grant).