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Solar Thermal & Pool Heating Systems in Florida

Solar thermal and pool heating systems are a cost-effective way to generate hot water for your home. As the original solar battery, solar water heating is not only a smart investment, it's the truest form of energy security and sustainability. When deciding between heat pumps and solar water heaters in Florida, it is important to consider several factors. While heat pumps can be effective in certain situations, solar collectors are the more reliable and efficient choice. This is because solar energy is abundant in Florida, making it a cost-effective and environmentally friendly option. Additionally, solar water heaters require little maintenance and have a long lifespan. Heat pumps, on the other hand, are expensive to install/replace and maintain, and their efficiency is dependent on air temperatures. Overall, if you are looking for a reliable and efficient option for your Florida home, solar water heaters are the way to go.

Florida Solar Thermal Manufacturer

We provide the following quality solutions for your solar water heating needs in Florida:

  • Solar Water Heating The best way to reduce your electricity costs and maintain comfort levels in Florida. Solar water heating systems use solar collectors to capture and convert sunlight into heat, providing a reliable and eco-friendly source of hot water. These systems are highly efficient and can significantly lower your utility bills.
  • Solar Pool Heating: Even in sunny Florida, heating a pool can enhance comfort and extend the swimming season. Many homeowners and guests look forward to a warm pool, and a cold pool can put a damper on leisure activities. Heating a pool with electricity or gas is prohibitively expensive. Solar pool heating systems are an efficient and sustainable alternative that utilize the sun’s energy to maintain a comfortable pool temperature year-round.
  • Solar Pool Pump: If you have a pool, running the pump can be your biggest expense. A solar-powered pool pump can eliminate this significant cost by using solar energy to power the pump, reducing electricity consumption and operational costs.

Florida Solar Applications

Whether you are an architect or engineer, a homeowner, or running a business, we have the right solar hot water solution for you.

AET Solar proudly serves the following sectors:

Serving all of Florida, including: 

  • Jacksonville 
  • St. Augustine
  • Gainesville 
  • and many more. 
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Residential Solar Water Heating in Florida

For Florida homeowners, solar water heating offers numerous benefits:

  • Cost Savings: By harnessing solar energy, you can significantly reduce your electricity or gas bills. Solar water heating systems can reduce water heating costs by up to 80%.
  • Environmental Impact: Solar water heating systems reduce greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to a cleaner and greener environment.
  • Energy Security: Solar energy is a renewable and abundant resource, providing a reliable source of hot water and reducing dependence on fossil fuels.
  • Increased Property Value: Homes equipped with solar water heating systems can see an increase in property value due to the added energy efficiency and sustainability.

Florida's Energy Mix

Florida is making strides in renewable energy adoption, with solar energy playing a crucial role. The state's energy mix includes:

  • Natural Gas: The largest source of electricity, contributing around 70% to the state’s energy mix.
  • Renewable Energy: Including solar and biomass, renewables contribute around 5-10% and growing.
  • Nuclear and Coal: These sources also contribute to the energy mix but are gradually being supplemented by renewable sources.

Solar water heating fits perfectly into this renewable energy landscape by providing a direct way for households to utilize solar energy, further reducing reliance on non-renewable sources and enhancing energy security.

Growth of the Solar Water Heating Market in Florida

The solar water heating market in Florida is experiencing significant growth driven by the state’s abundant solar resources, rising energy costs, and supportive government policies. Key factors contributing to this growth include:

  • Government Initiatives: Florida has implemented policies and incentives to promote renewable energy, including solar water heating. These include property tax exemptions and sales tax exemptions for solar equipment, as well as utility rebates.
  • Rising Energy Costs: Increasing electricity and gas prices make solar water heating systems an attractive alternative for reducing energy bills.
  • Environmental Awareness: Growing awareness of environmental issues and the benefits of renewable energy is driving the adoption of solar water heating systems.
  • Technological Advancements: Advances in solar thermal technology have improved the efficiency and affordability of solar water heating systems, making them more accessible to a wider range of consumers.

Why Choose AET for Your Solar Water Heating Needs?

Alternate Energy Technologies (AET) is committed to providing the highest quality solar water heating systems tailored to meet the specific needs of Florida homeowners. With years of experience and a focus on innovation, AET offers solutions that ensure maximum efficiency and cost savings.

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Incentives and Rebates

Florida offers various incentives to encourage the adoption of solar water heating systems:

  • Property Tax Exemptions: Solar water heating systems are exempt from property tax assessments, reducing the financial burden on homeowners.
  • Sales Tax Exemptions: Solar equipment, including water heating systems, is exempt from sales tax, making it more affordable.
  • Utility Rebates: Various utility companies in Florida offer rebates for the installation of solar water heating systems. For a comprehensive list of available incentives, visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE).

Solar water heating is an excellent investment for homeowners in Florida looking to reduce energy costs, enhance energy security, and contribute to environmental sustainability. With AET’s high-quality solutions, you can enjoy the benefits of solar energy and make a positive impact on the environment. Contact us today to learn more about how you can benefit from our solar thermal and pool heating systems.

Cooling Down Your Florida Garage: Tips and Tricks

Florida's summer heat can make a garage feel like a sauna, with temperatures regularly exceeding 100°F. This is due to three factors that converge every hot afternoon. Firstly, garages are not considered a conditioned living space, so homebuilders are not required to install insulation in the walls or ceiling. Secondly, the sun's heat penetrates the exterior walls of the garage, while heat trapped in the attic radiates downward. Finally, many garages lack a ventilation system or even a window, making them feel more like hotboxes. Fortunately, there are several strategies you can employ to lower the temperature, but one that we are hearing a lot of lately is installing a heat pump in your garage!

Heat pump water heaters are designed to take heat from the air and transfer it to the water. This process also cools and dehumidifies the air year round, which is similar to how an air conditioner works. However, its not  practical to rely on a heat pump water heater for impactful cooling purposes, as it is primarily designed for heating water. If conditioning of a garage is desired the better decision is to bank the additional saving a Solar Water heater provides over a heat pump water heater and insulate the garage while adding a small dehumidifying unit, this solution will provide impactful improvement to both household finances and the trek from your vehicle to the conditioned comfort of the home.

Case Study - Aviation Survival Traning Center - Jacksonville, FL 

Project produces One Million BTUs Per Hour

One of the Navy's Aviation Survival Training Center in Jacksonville, FL has proven nearly twice as effective as originally estimated. The project was originally projected to save the Navy $90,750 per year and have a payback of roughly 11 years. Three years of monitoring has revealed that the project is producing a savings of $171,700 annually resulting in a payback of only six years. The project is an integrated solar thermal and natural gas system. The complete system consists of natural gas-fired unit heaters for space heating and solar thermal panels for pool and domestic hot water heating. There are six natural gas-fired unit heaters to heat the pool, one heater for the shop area, and one unit for the drying room. There are 168 four-by-ten flat plate collectors along with drain back tanks, heat exchangers, controllers, pumps, and pipes that interconnect the systems in the building. Water is pumped through the solar collectors to two large drain back tanks, one each for the pool and the domestic water system. A heat exchanger located in each tank transfers the solar energy to the water used in the pool and the domestic hot water system. The water from the heat exchanger is pumped back up to the solar thermal panels to start the process over again. On a cloudless day, the solar panels produce one million BTUs of energy per hour- enough to heat the center's 270,000-gallon pool by one degree every two hours.

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