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Brandon leavitt 847 677 0950 www solarserviceinc com

Solar 101

Practical Applications of Solar Energy

for Residential and Commercial Applications

Appalachian State University

Brandon Leavitt

847-677-0950

www.solarserviceinc.com


Solar 101 overview

Solar 101 Overview

  • Advantages of solar energy

  • Solar thermal technology

  • Residential solar thermal

  • Photovoltaic technology

  • Solar pool heating

  • Multi-unit buildings

  • Commercial Applications

  • Non-profit & school Applications

  • Government incentives


Celebrating thirty years of solar tales from a solar survivor

Celebrating Thirty Years of SolarTales from a solar survivor


Solar potential

Solar Potential

More solar energy hits the earth in one hour than all of humanity consumes in a year!


Paradigm shift in energy generation

Paradigm Shift in Energy Generation

Mining Energy: Petroleum, Coal, Natural Gas, Uranium, Oil

Harvesting Energy:Solar, Wind, Water, Earth, Biomass

Living off savings

Living off income


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Significant Advantages

  • Uses Unlimited Energy Source

  • Reliable and Proven Technology

  • Improves Air & Water Quality

  • Free Fuel Deliveries Daily

  • Pays for Itself Over and Over Again

  • Keeps Energy $$ Close to Home


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High Cost of Fossil Fuels

High, volatile prices

  • U.S. spends $440 billion annually on energy

  • Natural gas prices gone up 350% since ’95

  • IL exports $6 billion for natural gas annually

    Pollution

  • Therm of natural gas emits 11.6 lbs. of CO2

  • kWh of electricity emits 1.3 lbs. ofCO2 (national average)

  • 120, 000+ people die from air pollution annually in US

  • 30 billion barrels of oil consumed in ’06 globally


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Produceselectricity

Can use batteries or electric grid

Can sell excess power through electric grid

Rapidly evolving technology

Heats water & living spaces

Has been used throughout time

More economical than PV

Solar Thermal & Solar PV


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4 Hours of SUN

Can Produce A 24-hour Supply Of Hot Water

In Illinois...

Solar Thermal Technology Is Heating Water, Homes And Buildings In Over 150 Communities


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Solar Heat and Hot Water

The Affordable Alternative

Lifetime supply of hot water:

$5,000 to $7,000*

Lifetime supply of heat & hot water:

$10,000 to $14,000*

*Includes complete standard installation 30% state rebate** &

30% federal tax credit (maximum residential credit $2,000)

**Based on availability

THE MORE YOU USE, THE MORE YOU SAVE!


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How Easy Is It?

  • Fully Automatic

  • Maintenance-free

  • Stored Energy Available 24-hours A Day

  • Virtually Every Home and Building Has Solar Thermal Potential

  • Works With Existing Water Heaters, Forced-air furnaces and Radiant Floors


Solar heat assist

Gas Forced Air

Radiant floor Independent

Space Heat

Solar Heat Assist


Solar hot water with heat assist

Solar Hot Water with Heat Assist


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One 4’ X 8’ solar panel heats over 10,000 gallons of hot water annually in Chicago.


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Benefits of Solar Heating for

Homes

  • Produces a lifetime supply of heat and hot water

  • Protects against energy price increases

  • Saves up to 70% of annual water-heating expense

  • Works with existing furnace - day or night

  • Increases home resale value

  • Exempt from Illinois property taxes

  • Qualifies for State Rebates and Federal Tax Credits


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Wilmette

Arlington Heights

Evanston

Winthrop Harbor

Arlington Heights

Zion

Evanston

Lincoln Wood

Burr Ridge

Arlington Heights

Palatine

Solar Service Inc


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Arlington Heights

Naperville

Spring Grove

Evanston

Evanston

Wilmette

Arlington Heights

Evanston

Highland Park

Zion

Chicago

Carol Stream

Deerfield

Evanston

Wilmette

Lincoln Wood

Evanston

Hawthorn Woods

Michigan City, IN

Solar Service Inc


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Arlington Heights

Naperville

Winthrop Harbor

Westchester

Westchester

Spring Grove

Chicago

Wilmette

Zion

Evanston

Deerfield

Chicago

Carol Stream

Evanston

Wilmette

Lincoln Wood

Evanston

Deerfield

Arlington Heights

Deerfield

Evanston

Solar Service Inc


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Arlington Heights

Naperville

Spring Grove

Deerfield

Spring Grove

Wilmette

Awning

Mounts

Chicago

Carol Stream

Evanston

Wilmette

Deerfield

Lincoln Wood

Evanston

Chicago

Solar Service Inc


Solar service producing solar energy since 1977

Solar ServiceProducing Solar Energy Since 1977

Lincolnwood, IL


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ComEd Questions Substantial

Drop in Energy Use


Solar savings case study

Solar Savings –Case Study

“My first (gas) bill for two months was $29…After the solar system was installed for approximately four months, my gas company recalculated my budget amount and reduced it to $70 per month (from $158).”

Antioch, IL


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“It’s like having a gold mine on my roof. Our solar system supplies more than enough hot water for my family and tenants.”-Susan Besson Evanston, IL

  • Four 4’ x 8’ Panels

  • Heats 200 gallons of hot water daily for two families

  • Prevents 6,000 pounds of CO2 emissions annually


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Wilmette, IL

System Installed: 1985

System Type: Solar Hot Water and Heat Assist

  • Saved: 1.2 billion BTUs in 20 years

  • Heats: 270 gallons of water daily

  • Heated: 1.4 million gallons in 20 years

  • CO2 emissions Saved: 60 tons since 1985


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“If more people used solar we would save energy and make the world cleaner for our children’s future. But for us, we went solar so we could take a long hot bath in our 80 gallon tub.”

Dr. Kalal

Skokie, IL

“After using the system for 6 months I estimate we have saved 50% to 60% on our gas bill this winter.”

-A.I., Northbrook, IL


Solar thermal photovoltaic

Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic

Zion, IL

Chicago, IL


Brandon leavitt 847 677 0950 solarserviceinc

Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic

Antioch, IL


Building integrate photovoltaic

Building Integrate Photovoltaic

Evanston, IL


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1.2 kWh Photovoltaic System

“I think what is the most fun is watching our power meter running backwards.”

Harry Drucker

Wilmette, IL


Solar thermal photovoltaic1

Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic

“After we saw Al Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth, we were inspired to do our part. We thought solar energy was the way to go.”

The Walsh Family

Chicago, IL


Solar pool heating

Solar Pool Heating

  • Most efficient use of solar energy

  • 20-30 year life of equipment

  • Minimum or no maintenance needed

  • Simple, automatic operation

  • Extends life of conventional heating equipment

  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor pools


Residential indoor pool

Residential Indoor Pool

Inverness

Inverness


Residential outdoor pool

Residential Outdoor Pool

Northbrook


Schiller park municipal pool

Schiller Park - Municipal Pool


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Benefits of Solar Heating for

Multi-Family Buildings

  • Reduces hot water energy expense up to 70% annually

  • Protects against future energy cost increases

  • Reduces maintenance costs and extend the life of the conventional water heater

  • 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit + 5-year Accelerated Depreciation

  • Eligible for State Rebates & Grants

  • Increases property value

  • Helps keep rent & overhead affordable


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12-Unit Apartment Building

Chicago

  • System Installed: 1985

  • Heats: 600 Gallons of hot water daily & 150,000 gallons

  • annually

  • Saved 32,300 therms in 22 years

  • CO2 emissions Saved: 376,000 pounds since 1985


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2 and 3 Unit Apartments

Chicago

Evanston


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Multi-Family Housing

Oak Park


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Oak Park, IL

System Type: Solar Hot Water

Heats: 550 gallons daily for about 25 people

“In the future, the price of energy is going to go up. It is better to get a solar system now and you can save as much as possible later on. ”

Dr. Eugene Anandappa


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Benefits of Solar Heating for

Businesses

  • Substantially reduce energy expense

  • Protects against future energy cost increases

  • Illinois State Grants up to $400,000

  • 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit + 5-year Accelerated Depreciation

  • Free Publicity and community good-will


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Restaurant Hot Water Systems

Niles and Chicago, IL

System Type: Solar Hot Water

Heats: 680 gallons daily

Saves: 163 million BTUs annually

“We looked for ways to reduce the energy cost,and solar was the answer.”

Salvador Lamas

Owner, Electrical Engineer


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GreenworksChristy Webber Landscapes - Chicago, ILSolar Hot Water and Assist for Heat Pump


Laundromat hot water system 2 000 gallons per day

Laundromat Hot Water System2,000 Gallons Per Day

Chicago


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Laundromat Hot Water System

Berwyn


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New Rebuilt World’s Largest Laundromat

Berwyn


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“Despite natural gas prices going up, my solar hot water system enables me to maintain lower prices for my customers.”

  • 485,000 gallons of hot water annually

  • Saves 68,000 pounds of CO2 emissions per year


Solar publicity pays

Solar Publicity Pays!


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SANCTUARY PLACE

Not-for-profit Solar Application


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Resurrection Lutheran Church

Chicago, IL


Notre dame high school

Notre Dame High School

Niles, IL


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“There will be tens of thousands of jobs in renewable energy in the future. Why not put the boys in this school in the front of this industry? If this is the future, let it start here.”

Tim Herling

Director of Operations


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Governors State University

Illinois’ LARGEST institutional Solar Thermal Installation - 4,400 gallons per day


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Chicago Fire Department – Installed in 1980


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GRANTS & REBATES

Illinois Clean Energy

Community Foundation

OFFERS GRANTS

for NON-PROFIT organizations, Schools, Local and

State Government Agencies

For the purchase and installation of

Solar Thermal Systems


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GRANTS & REBATES

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity GIVES…

REBATES up to $10,000for homeowners, businesses and municipalities

GRANTS up to $400,000for larger solar installations


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GRANTS & REBATES

HCBA Grant Incentive

For owners or buyers of certified

Historic Chicago Bungalows

50% MATCH - up to $2,000

Energy Savers Grant

For the purchase and installation of

Solar Thermal Systems


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Five-Collector Solar Thermal System – Certified Bungalow - Chicago

Solar Service Inc

Solar Service Inc


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Federal Solar Tax Credit

30% - up to $2,000

after State incentives

For the purchase and installation of Solar Systems

Example:

Residential Solar Thermal Energy System: $18,000

State Rebate: -$ 5,400

Federal Solar Tax Credit: -$ 2,000

$18,000 Solar Thermal System = $10,600


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