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Solar Hot Water for Small Business Owners

Photo of a building with a solar hot water system.

This building in Delaware features a solar hot water system.

The following resources can help you learn more about installing solar water heating system for your small business. 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
This 20-page booklet from the U.S. Department of Energy helps homeowners decide whether to use solar water heating.

U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Savers: Solar Water Heaters
Features comprehensive basic information and resources.

U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Savers: Solar Swimming Pool Heaters
Features comprehensive basic information and resources.

Evaluation Tools

NREL Solar Radiation Data Manual for Flat-Plate and Concentrating Collectors
Allows you to find out the average, minimum, and maximum amount of solar energy available at your location, by month or for the entire year.

Training and Workshops

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

Financing

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