Vermont Solar Hot Water
Solar energy works in Vermont. We have plenty of sun – about 80% of what Florida receives each year, and 30% more than Germany and Japan, countries which lead the world in solar installations thanks to generous incentives.
In the summer, solar hot water heaters in Vermont meet almost 100% of household hot water requirements. In the winter, they meet about 30% of household requirements. The balance is provided by oil, propane or electricity. In 2011, 450 Vermonters added solar hot water to their homes. Starting in March, 2012, Co-op members installed 75 solar hot water heaters through our Co-op Solar program.
- Solar hot water heaters pay for themselves though energy savings in ten years or so.
- They increase home values – by up to 20 times annual energy savings according to one study.
- Solar hot water heaters qualify for a huge, 30% federal tax credit.
- Installation is simple and easy, especially when you hire HarveSTAR, the Energy Co-op's recommended contractor.
We recently had a new Weil Mclain boiler and Amtrol hot water tank installed. Joe and Richie did a great job. They had some tricky maneuvering to do to get the equipment in our basement and took every precaution to make sure nothing got damaged. Very professional, very neat and a nice finished product. They also took the time to educate us on all the bells and whistles. Nice work guys.
–Jeffrey O, Colchester VT