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Solar Hot Water in California: Understanding CSI Thermal Rebates

Even though we're going to get pretty granular here, let's start with the big picture: you're thinking about installing a solar hot water system in California. Since you're probably wondering how much it costs, you'll want to know how much the state is willing to pay you in rebates. The California Solar Initiative (CSI) Thermal Program has ample funds that have yet to be tapped, since they only began issuing rebates in May. It's a great time to get solar hot water in the land of the Governator.

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China's Solar Hot Water Example

Posted by Annie Lindseth In Sunday, August 1 2010 under: international solar, china, Solar Hot Water, Solar Water Heating

Look who's investing in solar hot water technology. While the rest of us are worrying that solar thermal lacks the trendy appeal of other solar tech and wondering when people will realize how much sense it makes, China is quietly stepping up and installing more solar hot water capacity than anyone in the world.

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Are You a Good Candidate for Solar Hot Water?

Posted by Annie Lindseth In Friday, July 30 2010 under: Commercial Solar, Solar Hot Water, Solar Water Heating

So you're interested in solar hot water? We're happy to hear it. Solar water heating is an effective way to lower your utility bill. And, compared to solar electric -- or photovoltaic (PV) -- systems, solar water heaters are typically less expensive. (For more info on the differences between these technologies, see our post Solar Hot Water vs. Solar PV.)

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Who Killed the Solar Water Heater?

Posted by Annie Lindseth In Sunday, July 25 2010 under: Solar Hot Water, Solar Water Heating, Energy Policy

Solar water heating technology -- also referred to as solar thermal technology -- has been around for ages. But its effectiveness hasn’t lead to broad adoption in the United States. Why you ask?

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Solar Hot Water vs. Solar PV

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Thursday, July 22 2010 under: Solar PV Panels, Solar Hot Water, Solar Water Heating

So you want to get solar but haven’t heard much about solar hot water? If you’re a little confused on how this technology compares to photovoltaic (PV) systems, you’re not the only one. Here are a few points to note:

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