According to Facility Manager Jim Robson, St. Jerome’s University is an academic institution that is making ‘being green’ a reality on campus. Installing the solar thermal collectors in a highly visible location on the roof demonstrates their ‘leadership by example’. The hot water from the solar collectors is used in the St. Jerome’s kitchen.

Location: 290 Westmount Road North, Waterloo

Technology: 7 units of SP-S70/1700A-20
Each SP-S70/1700A-20 solar panel consists of 20 evacuated tubes which use a glycol solution to collect and transfer heat energy.

Manufacturer: 
WesTech Solar Technology Wuxi Co. Ltd., China
Installed by North American Solar Solutions (NASS)

Payback Period:Approximately 10 years.

Source Of Information: Jim Robson- Facilities Manager at St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo.

According to Kari Feldmann, Sr. Project Manager at the Region of Waterloo, the solar hot water system is intended to preheat water for the domestic hot water system, and is sized to provide close to the average hot water demand for the facility on sunny summer days. The main hot water demand is the commercial kitchen, which provides meals for the children attending the centre.

Location: Cambridge Ontario
Region of Waterloo – Children’s Services

Technology: 3 units of IP-195 Vacuum tubes with pressurized tank. Each IP-195 solar water heater uses 24 vacuum tubes filled with purified water to efficiently transfer heat from the sun to an attached, insulated, pressurized 41-gallon (155 liter) water tank. The solar collectors are considered to have 100 sq.ft. effective area and are mounted on the roof, facing due south with a 45 degree tilt angle.

Manufacturer: Globe Solar Energy Inc., Toronto

Total Cost: $11,970
Includes cost of solar panels, piping, plumbing, installation cost and labour.

Payback Period: Approximately 13 years.

Source Of Information: Kurt Xiao of Globe Solar Energy Inc., Toronto.

Mr. Luv, the owner of Eglinton Laundrymat tells us that there are a total of 26 washing machines that use hot water from solar thermal system throughout the year, with no back-up heater; his business relies completely on the solar thermal system to provide hot water. In addition, two residential apartments at this site draw domestic hot water from the same solar heating system.

Location: 1843 Eglinton Ave. West, Toronto, Ontario

Technology: 13 units of IP-195 vacuum tubes with pressurized tank. 
Each IP-195 solar water heater uses 24 vacuum tubes filled with purified water to efficiently transfer heat from the sun to an attached, insulated, pressurized 41-gallon (155 liter) water tank. 

The system is designed for Canadian climates and is a low-maintenance system which utilizes pressurized municipal water supply to eliminate pumps and keeps cost down (No glycol required).

Manufacturer: Globe Solar Energy Inc., Toronto

Total Cost: $47,000

Payback Period: Approximately 11 years.

Source Of Information: Kurt Xiao of Globe Solar Energy Inc., Toronto and Mr. Luv, the owner of Eglinton Laundrymat.


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