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.
Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC)
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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.
This installation of three shallow solar ponds (SSP) at Foster Alligator farms illustrates the wide range of commercial, industrial, and agricultural uses for solar water heating technology.
SunMaxx Solar installed a large solar water heating system at the Fort Hood military base in Texas.
To enhance Boston’s clean energy output, Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, went solar May 19, 2008.
South Dakota’s historic Ellsworth Air Force Base is looking toward the future with a new solar water heating system. Two Piedmont companies partnered to construct the energy system, which was completed in May 2011.