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Education Center Solar Water Heating System

An Apricus solar hot water system was installed at Hoosier Energy’s Education Center in 2008 to determine if a solar hot water system is a viable option for Indiana consumers. This water heater system provides the center with all of its hot water needs. It is also part of a larger effort to make the education center 100 percent self-sustaining with solar panels (3kW) on site and a wind turbine (15kW) both supplying the center with most of its electricity needs.

The solar hot water system supplies the facility with hot water through a series of evacuated tubes converting the sun’s energy into heat. This heat is then absorbed by water or a freeze-resistant liquid and travels through copper tubing that connects into the hot water tank. The potable water found in the hot water tank is then heated by the hot liquid traveling through the copper wire through a series of heat exchanges.

Equipment

Apricus solar hot water

Component Qty Price
AP30 and frame
1
$1,260
ASWHSS-60SE (water heater)
1
$2,430
Anti-scald for water heater
1
$150
Sentinal Pro -Delta T differential temp control
1
$270
HD-25 Heat dissipator
1
$275
Grunfos 3-speed pump
1
$270
Glycol
2 gallons
$50
Expansion tank
1
$70
Copper loop 100'
100'
$350
Insulation
100'
$120
Fitting, temp and pressure gauges
TBD
$100
3-way valve for heat dissipator
1
$100
APCP Demo
2
$760
Box Demo
2
$125
Total components  
$6,330

Solar Water Heating System at Education Center in Sullivan County

Merom Solar Water System Panel
Apricus (evacuated tube) solar hot water installation at Hoosier Energy’s Education Center at Turtle Creek Reservoir.
Sullivan County, Indiana