Production of Non-Glazed Collectors Grows

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reports that the production of non-glazed solar collectors achieved yet another record in the second quarter of 2002.

Washington, D.C. – August 23, 2002 [] Industry production reached 3,709,926 Sq. Ft. (344,663 Sq. Meters), an increase of 5 percent over the same period a year ago. Non-glazed solar collectors are used primarily in pool heating systems. Assuming the average pool heating system equals 300 sq. ft., approximately 12,366 systems were sold this quarter by the solar industry. The avoided energy that these systems displace is significant in terms of emissions reductions and reduced fuel costs, equivalent to 222 MW of electricity generated with an efficient gas generator. Solar pool heating systems routinely pay for their installed cost in avoided energy purchases in two to three years, while avoiding significant quantities of air emissions, mostly carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. “Solar pool heating systems save pool owners money and improve our environment,” said Glenn Hamer, SEIA’s Executive Director. “It is time for governments, both state and federal, to recognize the value of the solar pool heating business community.” SEIA is the national trade organization representing the photovoltaics and solar thermal manufacturers, component suppliers and national distributors.
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