Solar thermal collectors from Solar Panels Plus, a designer/manufacturer for solar water heating collectors, solar electricity, air conditioning and heating systems are being installed on homes being built in Northern New Mexico by Los Ebanistas Construction.
“We have already installed two solar water heating systems from SPP and have orders for five more,” said Mark Johnson, owner, Los Ebanistas. “The system works extremely well considering the cold climate of Northern New Mexico, and it can easily produce 120ºF water in a snowstorm or on a cloudy day.”
Los Ebanistas Construction is a residential home builder that has long specialized in craftsman adobe homes – a traditional form of green building that utilizes local resources (earth) with a very low carbon footprint.
“We’ve been building homes for thirty years and we are now officially ‘green builders.’” Johnson noted with irony.
The first solar thermal system was installed at the main office and consists of seven solar thermal collectors, each consisting of 30 evacuated tubes.
Evacuated tube collectors work well in climates with very cold or freezing temperatures and in cloudy conditions. New Mexico with its extremes of hot days and cold nights is a good candidate.
As a state incentive for installing a solar thermal system, homeowners in New Mexico are eligible for a 10% state solar credit up to $9,000 and the 7% sales tax is waived. There is a 30% federal tax credit on solar hot water now too.
Image: Solar Panels Plus
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