Solar Thermal Water Heating Systems use the sun's energy to heat water for use by homes, commercial buildings and swimming pools. While some solar collectors look like solar photovoltaic panels, they are quite different. Solar thermal panels do not generate electricity, but simply absorb sun's heat.
Most solar water heating systems are roof-mounted. For best results, the roof should:
If the roof isn't appropriate for a solar water heater, the system may be ground-mounted on suitable unshaded land next to the building where the hot water will be used.
A qualified contractor can conduct annual maintenance inspections, and check the following to make sure: