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Smart Solar   Smart Solar
Solar water heaters are an environmentally sound way to reduce energy costs and increase the value of your home. Learn how you can benefit by harnessing free sunlight.
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    Smart Solar™ by Energy Kinetics

Solar water heating is one of the best ways to save money on your utility bill. You'll also be doing your part to reduce our dependence on foreign energy and reduce green house gas emissions.

The Energy Kinetics Smart Solar water heating appliance is a clean, cost-effective solution that uses the sun's energy to heat your water. The system is attractive, safe, and reliable and requires minimal maintenance over its long operational life. Installation is done by certified professionals and backed by a 10 year limited collector panel warranty.

The Smart Solar water heating system uses flat plate collectors, which are a neutral color and only 3 inches high. On your roof, the system looks just like a quality skylight. The collectors use a patented very low flow, freeze protected heat transfer fluid and high efficiency brazed plate heat exchangers in the energy pack. System components feature overheat protection that keeps the collector temperatures under 250°F when the hot water tank is fully charged. The result is low system pressures and no degrading of the heat transfer fluid.
How Smart Solar Works
  Solar water heating is simple: the sun's free and renewable energy heats your household water. Solar thermal water heating can be used for water heating, space heating, and pool heating. Harnessing this free solar energy will deliver summertime savings of 85% and winter savings of 35% for a year-round savings of up to 60% on your utility hot water heating bill!

How It Works

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A) Solar Collector
  • The absorber plate is designed to absorb 94% of the sun's energy.
  • Reliable in all climates
  • Freeze protected.
  • Patented Stagnation Protection** eliminates overheating.
  • Mounts on sloped or flat roofs, south facing walls, outbuildings or a ground rack.
B) Energy Pack
  • Mounts easily on any standard North American electric hot water tank which acts as a solar storage tank.
  • Patented Passive Anti-Fouling Protection* ensures maintenance-free, reliable operation of the heat exchange
C) Solar Storage Tank
  • Stores solar heated water for household use.
  • Water stored in the tank is heated by the sun, not electricity.
  • Standard two port North American electric hot water tank.
The copper tubing in the Smart Solar collector is a continuous serpentine loop; there are no internal connection points or brazing points to fail. By design, the collector is thermally sealed from the elements so ambient temperature and winds only have a nominal impact on collector performance. Given the same solar conditions, the Smart Solar collector performs as well in the winter as the summer. In fact, the cold winter ground water increases the appliances' heat transfer because the temperature difference is actually higher in winter than summer.
Smart Backup
System 2000
Energy Kinetics uses renewable solar power to build System 2000.
  Beyond Solar - Smart Backup

Properly designed and installed solar thermal systems often provide all the heat and hot water we need, although sometimes there is not enough sunlight or the days are too short to meet the comfort levels desired in homes. This means that the heat and hot water requirements for homes range from no load, to intermittent small loads, to full loads. Matching a back-up heating system that is designed to fully integrate with the renewable sources is important.

For the ultimate combination of efficiency and renewable energy, combine System 2000 with natural gas, oil or propane with Smart Solar by Energy Kinetics. This system delivers peak efficiency and is ready in an instant when the sun simply isn't enough.

So if renewable sources like biofuels are not available, System 2000's high efficiency integrated heat and hot water provides a high performance solution.

In fact, due to the very low efficiency of U.S. electric generation, transmission and distribution, simply backing up solar hot water with electricity may end up using more energy and greenhouse gas emissions than producing fossil fueled hot water-even without solar! According to the Department of Energy, "In a typical power plant, about one-third of the energy contained in the fuel is converted into electricity, while the remainder is emitted as waste heat."1 Additional distribution losses can be as high as 91/2%, for a delivered efficiency of far less than 30%. It's difficult to make up for these tremendous losses even with a very efficient solar thermal solution.

1To find out more about electric power generation, view the Energy Information Agency (EIA) report.

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Solar Incentives
Thermal Energy Monitor
With the exclusive Thermal Energy Monitor you'll know at a glance your money saved, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions prevented, solar energy captured, gas or electricity saved, and much more!
Two Collector Appliance
Two Collector Appliance with Energy Pack and wireless monitor.
  Tax Incentives for Solar

State and the Federal governments are offering generous incentives and tax credits that make now the right time to improve your home or business with solar! Contact your Energy Kinetics energy expert to find out how you may qualify.

Tax Incentives

Click here to find out about rebates in other states including Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Alaska, and Virginia.

*Consult your tax advisor to confirm state, federal, utility and other program details, eligibility, and tax implications of all rebate and tax credit programs before purchasing. Pricing may also vary based on site specific installation details and other variables.

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Reduce Home
Operating Costs
Solar Investment
  Solar Investments Increase the Value and Reduce the Cost of Operating your Home

Consider the following facts:

Next to mortgage payments, the cost of operating a home is the highest payment a homeowner will make; lowering this monthly expense through energy efficiency makes housing more affordable. After effective efficiency improvements to the building shell, distribution system, and appliances, solar thermal can complete a savings of over 50% compared to the original building.

Even better, the return on the efficiency improvements and solar assets increases over time as energy costs rise.

In today's challenging economy, it's comforting to know that energy efficient homes command higher prices, and sell faster than otherwise comparable homes.

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Solar Hot Water and Solar Electirc (PV)
Smart Solar
  Compare Solar Hot Water to Solar Photovoltaics

Did you know that Solar Hot Water (solar thermal) is much more affordable than solar electric (also known as solar photovoltaics or PV)?

Here are some things to consider about the Smart Solar Hot Water system:
  • Smart Solar looks like a skylight and uses much less roof space, which means you add to the beauty of your home while saving energy
  • Smart Solar has much lower installation costs, which means it's an affordable solution for many homeowners
  • Smart Solar may be installed as quickly as one day, which means you can quickly benefit from renewable energy without an extended interruption in your lifestyle.

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Pool and Water Heating
Solar Investment
  Pool and Water Heating with Solar

To supply solar pool-heating in the summer, the solar water-heating appliance can be up-sized to produce more hot water throughout the year. Peak production is during the summer, and extends into the fall for luxurious warm water swimming enjoyment.
  • Improve your solar water heating appliance's year-round performance by using excess solar energy in summer to heat your pool or hot tub
  • Extend your pool season with more solar heat available in late spring and early fall
  • Contact us for more information on how Smart Solar can be modified for this innovative and cost effective solution.
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