THERMAL HOT WATER
Using a well designed solar hot water system will have a dramatic effect on your home’s carbon footprint, and could help provide significant savings on your energy cost.
HOW THERMAL HOT WATER WORKS
FEATURES & BENEFITS
Works well in cold climates– meeting the heating demands even on the coldest day.
Incentives for Thermal Hot Water
Mass Save HEAT Loan
If you’re installing a solar thermal hot water system, you may be eligible for a 0% interest HEAT Loan from Mass Save. You can finance up to $25,000 over the course of 7 years for home energy efficiency upgrades. Although fuel prices fluctuate, for most projects the energy savings will help cover the monthly loan payments. Find out more about Mass Save’s HEAT Loan program.
Alternative Energy Credits
Solar hot water system installations in Massachusetts qualify for the Alternative Energy Certificate (AEC) program. With this program, non-emitting renewable technologies generate certificates based on their energy production. These certificates are sellable to utility companies looking to meet state-mandated renewable energy goals. The revenue earned from these certificates will help you to further save on your solar hot water or air source heat pump installation. Learn more about AECs.
SOLAR THERMAL WORKS IN WINTER
Just like solar electric panels, your solar thermal panels will work during the wintertime. They will generate less hot water than in sunnier months, so you may have to use your backup water heater more often during cold weather. Any snow that is accumulated on the panels will typically slide off on its own when the sun comes back out. Solar thermal systems installed will also have freeze protection.