Video: Solar, Wood and Ground-source Heating Gaining in Popularity

Solar thermal, ground source and wood heating systems aren’t new to the market, but until the recent increases in fossil fuel prices most people weren’t choosing them over oil, natural gas or electricity to heat their homes or businesses. Now, advances in technology, utility and government subsidies and high fossil fuel prices are helping to change that.

RenewableEnergyWorld.com sat down with installers and end-users of renewable heating systems in New Hampshire and Massachusetts to hear why some are choosing to move away from fossil-fuel based heating systems and to figure out what’s available to businesses and consumers who want to make the switch.

Mark Weissflog, President of KW Management installs all types of small renewable energy systems including solar thermal and geothermal. He says that he has seen renewable heating evolve from being viewed as an investment to being viewed as just another way for people to buy their heat.

Ultra Geothermal in Barrington, New Hampshire installs ground-source heating systems. The short return on investment and the high cost of fossil fuels are bringing people in the door at Ultra and being able to see the business’ geothermal systems in action is pushing many of them to take the next step.

And finally Richard Pendelton, Co-founder of Nubanusit Neighborhood and Farm in Peterborough, New Hampshire walked us through the community’s district heating system, which is powered with wood pellets.

Play the video below to see and hear more about these renewable heating options.

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Former Editor at RenewableEnergyWorld.com, now Assistant Counsel at the New York State Department of Public Service, regulating New York's electricity, gas, and telecommunications industries.

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