Alaska’s Largest Hot Water System Powered by Solar Energy

By on September 1st, 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 12:12

60collectorsatBarnardCastleAlaska’s largest solar hot water system was installed by Golden Valley Electric Association at the Denali Education Center, McKinley Village.

According to NewsMiner the new solar hot water system will save the Denali Education Center as much as AUD $11,000 annually in energy costs because it is expected to generate the equivalent of 32,000 kwh of green energy. The system has around 13 meters high and about 120 square meters of flat panel solar thermal collectors. The water storage tank for the system holds over 10,000 litres. Water is piped to cabins via 600 metres of insulated pipe.

Previously, Denali Education Center relied on water heaters powered by propane or electricity. Using their traditional power generation system, electricity usage was as much as 300 kilowatt-hours per day, with water heating comprising a substantial amount of that figure.

Many educational opportunities will be provided by the massive solar hot water system. The Center is dealing with Solar Energy International to provide courses on how to design and build efficient, sustainable homes, and how to design, install and maintain renewable energy systems.

[Original Source: Energymatters]


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