Tag Archives: Solar Thermal

Conversion of sunlight into stored heat. Passive solar building design, solar hot water systems, and solar/air systems use solar Solar Thermal principles. Often more economical than PV and more efficient.

CamoSun Solar Hot Water at the 2013 Eco Home Tour

Although we haven’t been in touch for a while there has been much work going on behind the scenes:

On the Solar Hot Water front the good news is that there are now grants available for up to one third of the cost of equipment and installation for approved systems, potentially bringing the cost down to below $4000.  If you are interested in the idea please try and get to the Eco home demonstration on August 11thMore information below.

James Smythe - Camosun solar hot water system
James Smyth showing solar hot water panels at Camosun College

We are expecting BC Hydro’s long awaited strategy report to be published this month. This is expected to give clearer information on how they plan the net metering scheme for photovoltaics (PV) and other renewable energy sources to work over the coming years.  We are also investigating the economics of “PV for EV”, that is installing domestic level photovoltaics to provide power for home charging of electric vehicles.  There is certainly interest in this from one housing scheme on the island which is considering coupling the idea to a car share plan.

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