Mass Energize

New England Solar Hot Water

I want to use less oil and carbon by heating my domestic water with solar



About this Action

About our promotion of New England Solar Hot Water. In 2012 and again in 2017-2018 (until February 28), the towns of Wayland, Sudbury and Lincoln partnered with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center on Solarize PLUS (*). The selected vendor for solar hot water, New England Solar Hot Water, was thoroughly vetted by Solarize volunteers, the municipality, and a consultant from the State. They have been great to work with, and their installations have been top-notch. For this reason, MassEnergize decided to continue working with New England Solar Hot Water after Solarize ended. But, of course, if you would like to get more estimates for your home, we can still advise you (MassEnergize receives no momey from New England Solar Hot Water) and put you in touch with other installers.

HOW THE NEW ENGLAND SOLAR HOT WATER SYSTEMS WORK

A NESHW ‘New England Drain Back’ appliance provides environmentally friendly heat for household hot water. Although the system initially costs more than conventional water heaters, the fuel it uses – sunshine – is free. 

The main components are: the solar collectors, the storage tank, pump and controller package, and an insulated line set that runs between the collectors and the storage tank. In most cases, your existing hot water heater will serve as back-up for when there is no sun or very high household demand. If your old hot water heater is in need of replacement anyway, then the NEDB solar hot water system can both store the hot water from your solar collectors as well as heat the back-up hot water with it’s own electrical immersion element. More info here: http://neshw.com/residential/how-it-works/.

(*) The Town of Wayland participated in the 2017 Solarize Massachusetts program administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.   Members of Wayland’s Energy & Climate Committee assisted in a three-town competitive bid process (along with Lincoln and Sudbury) to select the contractors for that program, and the Town signed contracts with the awardees (SolarFlair and New England Solar Hot Water).  The Wayland Energy and Climate Committee and the Town of Wayland did not select, and does not have any other relationship with, any other MassEnergize partner.  Their endorsement also does not extend beyond the Solarize Mass LSW period (August 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018).

Steps to Take

1. Call John at NESHW (*): 508-269-3883

2. Visit their website to sign up for a free site assessment here

3. Let us know how it went! Email us at [email protected], or contribute a story here

 

(*) The Town of Wayland participated in the 2017 Solarize Massachusetts program administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.   Members of Wayland’s Energy & Climate Committee assisted in a three-town competitive bid process (along with Lincoln and Sudbury) to select the contractors for that program, and the Town signed contracts with the awardees (SolarFlair and New England Solar Hot Water).  The Wayland Energy and Climate Committee and the Town of Wayland did not select, and does not have any other relationship with, any other MassEnergize partner. Their endorsement also does not extend beyond the Solarize Mass LSW period (August 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018).

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