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US Coast Guard Goes Solar

Posted by Margaret Collins In Friday, August 14 2009 under: Solar Thermal, Solar Pool Heating, Solar Hot Water, California Solar

In Petaluma, California, the United States Coast Guard training facility has a 200,000 gallon pool. While trainees may have to rescue each other from sharks or play underwater cribbage--hey, I've never been through Coast Guard training--they don't have to do it in cold water. The USCG keeps the pool at a comfortable 80 degrees. Maintaining 200,000 gallons of water at that temperature, though, takes a staggering amount of energy. That's why the facility just recently installed a solar pool heating system. Solar pool heating uses solar thermal technology, an efficient and cost-effective heat transfer process.

Image Credit: SolarCraft

The 3,456 solar collectors, installed by SolarCraft, will save this training facility thousands of dollars every year. Solar pool heating systems are low-maintenance and generally last for 20-30 years. The Coast Guard may need to replace the pool before that--but the collectors will heat a new pool just as readily as this one. The Coast Guard helps keep America safe; solar helps keep the Coast Guard warm.

Want to learn more about solar thermal technology and applications? Start with GetSolar's intro guide.

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