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At TFS, we handpick the best technologies and products to ensure only the most reliable components are used in your solar hot water system. Our unbiased analysis of the various products in the marketplace allows us to provide custom recommendations based on what is optimal for your unique situation.

Solar Collector

Flat plate collectors are the simplest and most common type of collector designed to provide 30 years of dependable service and backed by a 10-year manufacturer warranty. They come in various sizes (e.g. 4’X8’, 4’X10’),  are thin (e.g. 3-4 inches), black to absorb heat, and covered with glass to prevent the heat from escaping. Collectors consist of copper tubes that use either distilled water or a glycol mixture as a heat transfer fluid. This fluid is pumped into the collector’s pipes where it is heated by the sun and then moved out of the collector.

Solar Water Tank

A solar water tank is an insulated water storage tank where cold water enters and solar heated water exits. Cold water enters the solar tank, and is heated by a coil of pipe containing the heat transfer fluid (e.g. distilled water or a glycol mixture) that circulated through the collectors. After the heat has been transferred, the heat transfer fluid is then pumped back up to the collector to start the process over again.

Manufacturers

  AET (Alternate Energy Technologies) manufactures low-maintenance solar thermal flat plate collectors for residential and commercial applications. Recognized for their high performance, structural integrity and patented mounting systems, the AET collectors have been specified by utility companies as well as local, state, and federal government agencies. AET solar collectors are designed to meet or exceed most state and federal codes. Visit the AET website.
  SunEarth designs and builds solar hot water components with the demanding climatic conditions of the U.S. Southwest in mind. SunEarth collector’s benefits include lower stagnation temperatures, reduced system overheating, prolonged propylene glycol and storage tank life expectancies, and low initial cost. Visit the SunEarth website.
  Heliodyne designs solar hot water systems built with value, quality, efficiency and durability.  Founded in 1976, Heliodyne has been providing the U.S. and other areas of the world with solar hot water panels for more than three decades.  They offer control units which act to monitor the production and use of hot water in your business.  Visit the Heliodyne website.

Affiliations

Technicians For Sustainability is proud to partner with and support organizations that work to promote and advance renewable energy, sustainable technologies, and professional standards. These associations include:

NABCEP H2O Seal NABCEP™ is a national certification organization for professional installers in the field of renewable energy. Their installer certifications have been developed in accordance with the certification field’s best guidelines, and serve to show the installer’s professional commitment to upholding the best practices in the field of renewable energy.
  Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of the solar energy industry. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.
  AriSEIA is a chapter of the national Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and represents solar industry members and solar advocates. The group’s focus is on education, professionalism and promotion of public policies that support deployment of solar technologies in Arizona.
  TFS has been awarded the prestigious 2010 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the companies rated by the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews. Recipients of this award have met strict eligibility requirements, including earning exemplary ratings from their customers.

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