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    Solar Thermal Space Heating Systems capture the sun's energy to supplement the existing heating system for a home or commercial building.
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Solar Space Heating

Solar Thermal Space Heating Systems capture the sun's energy to supplement the existing heating system for a home or commercial building. The heating system intensifies the sun's power to heat water or air that is then used to heat the building. While some solar collectors look like solar photovoltaic panels, they are quite different. Solar thermal panels do no generate electricity, but simply absorb the sun's heat.

Pricing, Financing & Benefits

  • System Pricing

    • The gross cost of a residential solar space heating system ranges from $10,000 to $20,000.
    • These costs will be reduced up to 50% by available rebates and tax credits.
      • Some states or local utilities offer cash rebates (range: $250 - $1,500 for a residential system).
      • These systems also qualify for a 30% Federal Investment Tax credit (available through 2016).
      • Some states may offer additional state tax credits and exemptions from sales and property taxes.
    • The cost of the system is broken down into the following components:
      • Solar collectors;
      • Storage tanks with heat exchangers;
      • Other installation materials;
      • Labor cost (to install) the system;
      • Permit cost.
  • Tax Incentives and Rebates

    • The Federal government allows homeowners and commercial property owners to deduct 30% of the net cost of the system from their income taxes. This tax break is available through 2016.
    • Some states may offer additional tax credits and/or exemptions from sales or property taxes.
    • Some states or local utilities offer cash rebates (range: $250 - $1,500 for a residential system).
  • Financing Options

    There are several options available to you to finance an investment in solar heating system:

    • Home equity or other collateralized loans;
    • Subsidized loans;
    • Peer-to-Peer loans;
    • Specialized loans.
    For a detailed discussion, check Financing Options discussion