Residential Solar Hot Water

Why Solar Hot Water?

In Hawaii Solar Hot Water Is The First Line Of Defense Against High Electricity Bills. Here’s How It Works:


Solar Collectors

There are two major components to a solar hot water system. The first is the solar collector. The collector is usually installed on a roof facing the sun. Running through the collectors are copper tubing, filled with water that during the day absorb energy from the sun.

Hot Water Tank

The second main element is the water tank which gathers and stores the hot water that flows in from the solar hot water panels.

The water in the solar collectors, heated from the sun, flows through piping and circulates into the tank, which ends up heating the water already collected from before.

Ready To Go

Hot water is now available which can be piped throughout the house for use in showers, sinks and appliances.

The heating system is backed-up by electrical or gas so there will always be hot water, even on cloudy days.

The great thing about living in Hawaii is our year round sunshine which means the back up systems are used only sparingly.

Solar PV Benefits

Reduced Energy Costs – The bulk of Hawaii’s energy comes from burning fossil fuels, which have historically increased at least 5% year over year. Photovoltaic Systems only need the sun’s natural light, a free and limitless source of energy. This ability to generate power without any dependence on nonrenewable fuels translates into reduced energy cost, which, in turn, results in direct savings on your electricity bill. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the average residential Photovoltaic System can lower energy costs by as much as 50%, but Haleakala Solar and Roofing can work with you to save as much as you want. Many of the individuals and businesses we’ve helped now generate their entire energy needs through their PV Systems.

Increased Home Value – In today’s market, green technology is gaining popularity with buyers and sellers of residential and commercial real estate. A recent study found that for every $100 saved per year through solar energy, the home’s value is increased by $2000. Thus, if you install a Photovoltaic System that saves $1000 in electricity cost per year, the added net value to the home would be $20,000. Since energy savings only grow as electricity rates increase, the value of your Solar System also appreciates over time. Furthermore, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, a home that has a Photovoltaic System, will sell faster, sometime 50% sooner than a home without a System, even in weaker markets.

Tax Incentives – As energy costs continue to rise, both Federal and State governments are offering tax incentives to encourage solar power. They understand that clean, renewable energy is good for the environment, the economy, and most importantly, for your family. Learn more about current Tax Incentives.