David Smith poses in front of his solar hot water array at Smith’s Country Cheese

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What is Solar Hot Water? 

A solar hot water system captures heat from sunlight and circulates the thermal energy to a water tank. Solar hot water systems reduce the usage of traditional water heating fuels, such as oil, electricity, or propane, saving consumers money on their energy bills.

These systems can provide up to 80% of domestic hot water needs. Solar hot water systems can also offset process hot water needs or pre‐heat boiler resupply water. Incentives may be available for qualifying projects. Visit Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to learn more.

Who Can Use Solar Hot Water? 

Do you have year-round hot water use? Do you heat your hot water with electricity, propane, or oil? Would you like to significantly reduce your hot water heating bill? If you answered yes to any of these questions, solar hot water could be a great option for you!

Solar hot water systems are particularly applicable to businesses in the following sectors:

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Car washes
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Dairy farms
  • Gyms
  • Breweries
  • Laundromats
  • Community centers and resorts with large indoor swimming pools
  • Multi-family buildings

Learn how both Auburn Court and Barrington Brewery benefitted from using solar hot water technology: