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Solar Hot Water for Farmers and Ranchers

Photo of a house with a pool.

The Black Butte Ranch in Oregon heats its swimming pool with solar thermal collectors.

The following resources will help you learn how solar water heating systems on farms and ranches can supply hot water to outbuildings, homes, or even swimming pools. If you are unfamiliar with this technology, see the introduction to solar hot water.

General Information

A Consumer's Guide: Heat Your Water with the Sun
A 20-page booklet about solar water heating from the U.S. Department of Energy.

U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Savers: Solar Water Heaters
Basic information about solar water heating for the home.

Training and Workshops

Solar Energy International: Solar Training — Thermal
Learn how to design and install domestic solar hot water systems.


U.S. Department of Energy Financial Opportunities
Offers financial assistance opportunities for the development and demonstration of energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
Provides information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy.