Solar thermal technology is the second most used solar technology.
Solar thermal systems range from small home water heating systems to massive solar farms, such as the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility in the Mojave Desert, which once complete will have 392 megawatts of solar energy capacity.
These systems work by concentrating heat (thermal energy) from the sun and transferring it to heat water and space in residential and commercial buildings. Solar water heating systems are among the cheapest ways home-owners can power their homes with green renewable energy. In the case of large solar thermal systems, like those being built in the Mojave desert, the concentrated solar heat is used to move turbines, usually through the boiling of liquids, which produce clean renewable electricity.
Everybody Solar currently focuses our solar projects on solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. However, we will work to install Solar Thermal systems for local charities where the cost savings of solar thermal heating outweighs the potential savings from a solar electricity (solar PV) system.
Facilities that are good canidates for a Solar Thermal project are those that use at least 500 gallons a day of hot water. Nonprofit boys and girls clubs, community sporting facilities and nursing homes are some of the organizations that could benefit from Solar Thermal.