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Learn how solar heating and cooling (SHC) can play a significant role in providing an economically viable and environmentally sustainable long-term solution to our daily heating and cooling needs.
With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown – and worries mounting by the minute about its impact on the U.S. economy – what can the private sector do to help spur job creation and economic growth in the future? Here’s one good idea: The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has just released a comprehensive new report outlining ways to create 50,250 new American jobs and save more than $61 billion in future energy costs by expanding the use of innovative and cost-effective solar heating and cooling (SHC) systems across the nation.
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Current energy dialogue in the U.S. is centered on the solutions that reduce energy costs as well as the carbon pollution from the electricity and transportation sectors. However, a third sector is missing from this dialogue: the thermal energy that is used for heating and cooling applications.
The heating and cooling of air and water are essential parts of our everyday lives, however these services come at a cost, with approximately 44% of energy consumption in the United States directly attributable to heating and cooling. The policy recommendations in this Roadmap target the installation of 300 GWth of SHC capacity by 2050.
New Mexico’s Kirtland Air Force Base installed the first active solar water heating system on an Air Force facility in December 2010. The base now captures the sun’s energy to heat the aquatic center on base.
The Genoa Township Park District is helping the environment and saving taxpayers money through the installation of a solar water heating system at the public pool.
Cogenra Solar installed an innovative solar photovoltaic electricity and water heating cogeneration system at General Hydroponics, a leading developer of hydroponic agricultural systems, nutrient formulas, and related products.
A new industrial process solar water heating system at a Gatorade beverage factory in Phoenix produces more than one million kilowatt hours of heat energy per year.