Solar Hot Water Retrofit

When our house was built in 1988, a solar hot water system was installed. Although providing hot water reliably throughout the seven years we have lived here, the twenty year old system was needing some attention.

Leaking solar hot water storage tank In particular, the solar storage tank had started to leak, and standing water under one’s house is never really desirable.

Since the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) was offering workshops on how to take advantage of the California Solar Initiative, a program put in place to provide over $2.1 billion in solar incentives, that seemed like a good place to start. The one evening workshop provided some good information on the different types of solar hot water systems, as well as a list of qualified contractors. The best news was that retrofitting an existing system would qualify for the incentive rebate, in theory at least.

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