Solar Water Heaters
Doctor Piper, Inc. is Solar licenced contractor. We hold a C-46 licence from the State of California and we are certified to participate in the CSI-Thermal Program Doctor Piper Inc. is trained and certified to install BOSCH solar water heating systems.
BOSCH Residential Solar Packages qualify for a 30% Tax Credit of the total cost of a solar water heating system (equipment and installation) and for up to $3,750.00 California Solar Thermal Rebate. The solar panels are certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC).
Advantages of Going Solar
Preserve the environment by reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions
Lower your gas bill by heating water with the sun's power instead of natural gas
Get financial incentives for installing a system in your home or business
After wind power, solar thermal systems are the renewable energy source that makes the greatest contribution to meeting worldwide energy needs. They emit no CO2 during operation. The hot water requirements of a four-person household can be met with only two collectors, each with a surface area of around 25 square feet.
Solar water heating systems usually cost more to purchase and install than conventional water heating systems. However, a solar water heater will save you money in the long run. On average, if you install a solar water heater, your water heating bills should drop 70% - 80%. Also, because the Sun energy is free, you're protected from future fuel shortages and price hikes. The average life expectancy of a solar water heating systems is oround 30 years, much longer than standard gas or electric storage water heater can last.
Federal Tax Credit
Solar Water Heaters can qualify for a Federal Tax Credit - 30% of the cost (including installation/labor costs), with no upper limit. Qualification requirements:
The Solar System must be installed in a home you own and use as a residence (no rentals, but second homes qualify) between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2016.
At least half of the energy generated by the solar water heater ("qualifying property") must come from the sun.
Homeowners may only claim spending on the solar water heating system property, not the entire water heating system of the household.
The system must be certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC).
The water must be used in the dwelling.
The credit is not available for expenses for swimming pools or hot tubs.
California Solar Thermal Incentives
Now you can save on money and energy when you install a solar water heating system in your home or business.
Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) introduces the new California Solar Initiative-Thermal program, which offers up-front incentives for customers who install solar water heating systems.
Cash rebates of up to $1,875 are available for qualifying residential solar water heating systems. Rebates are available to homeowners who install solar water heating systems in the service territories of PG&E, SCE, SoCalGas and SDG&E.
Rebates of up to $500,000 are available for qualifying commercial / multifamily projects.
Overview of a Solar Water Heating System
A relatively constant demand for hot water all year round is a good match for solar energy. Almost 100% of the energy demand for DHW (Domestic Hot Water) heating during the summer can be covered by a solar system. Nevertheless, a conventional backup system must still be able to cover the DHW demand independently of solar heating. Long periods of bad weather may occur during which the convenience of hot water still has to be assured.
The solar system consists of several components that were designed and selected to work together.
Solar system components