Welcome to the August issue of The Beat, your monthly e-newsletter for all the latest info from America's leading Solar Hot Water manufacturer, Heliodyne. In this issue we discuss residential solar hot water systems and why now is the perfect time for homeowners to invest in solar thermal.
Homeowners in CA Get Heliodyne Solar Hot Water Systems for Free

Back in the beginning of 2015 the CPUC decided to approve CALSEIA's petition to significantly increase the incentives for solar hot water in California. This was done to bridge the gap to a historically low natural gas price. Consequently CSI-Thermal now offers a cash rebate of up to $4,366 on a single-family solar hot water system.

A single family Heliodyne solar hot water system with two GOBI 406 collectors, 80 gallon storage tank, pump station etc. costs the home owner $4,087 and because of its high output it can qualify for the highest cash rebate. This basically means that homeowners in California can get a Heliodyne solar hot water system for free.

Installation costs (not including equipment) varies with location and with complexity of the install but on average its around $2,500. The out of pocket expense after tax credit and CSI rebates is therefore ($6,587 - $4,366 less 30% tax credit) around $1,555. Amortized over 25 years (10%) its $170 with interest. The Heliodyne system saves up to 200 Therms/year (85% of energy to heat all the households hot water) or around $240/year with current natural gas prices. Paid off in 6.5 years and when financed its cash positive from year one. California's Pace program makes it even more advantageous.

The cost of solar energy from the Heliodyne hot water system in "kWh" terms is $170 divided by the annual energy saved 5,862 kWh (200 Therms) which is 2.9 cents per kWh. Comparably natural gas cost 4 cents and PV around 14 cents per kWh.

Funding for the CSI-Thermal program comes from ratepayers of PG&E, SCE, SoCalGas, and SDG&E. The rebate program is overseen by the California Public Utilities Commission as part of the California Solar Initiative. Detailed information about the program is in the CSI-Thermal Program Handbook.
Live Case Study from HI Shows Great Savings with Heliodyne ICS System
In spring 2015 PIC Hawaii LLC installed a Heliodyne Integrated Collector Storage (ICS) System. The ICS system is connected to a 40-gallon electrical water heater and according to a Polysun simulation the expected savings per year is approximately 2,900 kWh. Heliodyne furthermore, added a flow sensor and a Heliodyne controller on the hot water consumption line to verify the simulated savings. See link to live case study.

The flow sensor is not accurately capturing the lower flows from the household and consequently understates the savings some days of up to 30%. However, since February when the system was installed the homeowner, has saved around $100 per month, corresponding to the expected output of 8 kWh/day. The investment after federal and state tax credits for the homeowner was approximately $1,925 and the pay back is therefore expected to be less than 2 years.
Heliodyne End of Summer Sales Campaign Ends on Labor Day

If you are already a Heliodyne dealer or considering becoming one hurry up and take advantage of the Heliodyne end of summer sales campaign. Great savings on residential systems. All orders received before labor day for delivery in September will be honored.

Call Mark Cuddy at 510.439.8476 for more information or email mark@heliodyne.com.
Dealer Spotlight:
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Solar-Fit was founded in 1975 and recently celebrated their 40th anniversary in the solar business. Solar-Fit specializes in the design, sales, installation, and service of top quality solar energy systems for residential, commercial, and industrial applications, and currently has over 16,000 solar installations in the State of Florida.

Bill Gallagher, Solar-Fit owner and CEO says "One of our top selling products is Heliodyne's Solpal passive solar water heating system. Our customers love the simple, unique design and the additional hot water that the systems provides. They love the energy savings as well."

He goes on to say, "It is very rewarding to have business partners such as Heliodyne who share our passion for excellence and customer service. We are glad to be able to showcase their products in our showroom, and offer them to our clients. It is a winning proposition for all involved".

About Heliodyne

Established in 1976, Heliodyne is one of the oldest manufacturers of solar water heating equipment in America. Based out of the SF Bay Area, the company manufactures not only flat-plate collectors, but also controllers and heat-tranfer appliances.  Heliodyne products are suitable for both residential and commercial hot water use.
  CEO/Owner Ole Pilgaard 
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