Commercial Solar Heating
Perhaps the most feasible investment in solar is for commercial applications. Unlike residential solar water heaters, commercial solar heating applications tend to have much larger demand that is steady in its requirements and the demand is usually 365 days per year. "Process water heating" is the term used for any commercial solar heating applications. There are literally 100s of commercial applications where by solar thermal heating can be applied.
The payback of solar commercial heating tends to be greater than that of residential solar water heating because of the increase in size. Typically there are more collectors which results in a greater energy contribution to overall asset cost. Commercial solar heating paybacks also are aided by tax incentives. Businesses can now write off the capital assets used in production which give them an extra advantage not available to the residential application.
Increased payback of solar commercial heating system can also be found in commercial solar pool heating. The life expectancy of a solar vacuum tube water heating system is far greater than that of residential plastic pool heating mats that deteriorate quickly under the sun’s radiation. In fact a solar pool heating system will have nearly 4 times the life expectancy which means the capital investment is amortized over a much longer period increasing the ROI.
The principles of solar thermal heating are the same in an industrial application as a residential application only the systems are sized much larger. More panels, larger pumps and large commercial solar storage tanks are the main differences that attribute to higher paybacks. Most commercial facilities have flat roofs which can be utilized for a large amount of solar panels. Proper design is important! When building a commercial solar heating system you need to consult with a solar professional. Northern Lights Solar Solutions specializes in large scale commercial applications and can ensure the proper sizing and operating temperatures. We utilize our pre-engineered commercial heating designs that allow customers to quickly size and design a project. This process ensures that customers can receive the best payback for a commercial solar thermal heating system without high added engineering fees and project management costs.
Here is a list of some common commercial applications for solar:
- Agriculture: Dairy and Livestock industries have a large demand for hot water used to sterilize the operations on a daily basis.
- Solar Car Washes: Hot Water
- Solar Laundromats: Hot Water
- Hotels: Cleaning laundry, dishes, and hot water for the guests
- Restaurants: Dishes
- Breweries: Process Heating
- Food Processing: Sterilizing
- Apartment Complex: Hot water for showers and dishes
- Indoor Pool: Water Heating
- Solar Air conditioning: Using Absorption Chillers, Solar is able to provide the heat for large scale cooling projects
Commercial Solar Heating Systems usually have the highest available grants. Call us and let us work with you to evaluate how solar thermal heating can be applied to your business Contact: 1 800 317 9054.