||June 1, 2011
||Autumn Salamack, Resource Conservation Manager
Kitsap County Commissioners Office
(360) 337-5670 or
County Installs Solar Thermal Hot Water Heating System
(Port Orchard, WA) –The county has taken another
important next step in becoming more energy efficient thanks to two new
solar water heating systems recently installed at the county Courthouse.
The Courthouse restrooms and Sheriff’s locker room
showers are now using free energy from the sun for their hot water
needs. Each system contains 30 evacuated tubes (solar hot water
collectors) and a hot water storage tank. The systems will pre-heat
water using the sun’s energy and will significantly reduce the amount of
energy used by the existing water heaters -- saving both taxpayer money
and Kitsap County’s environment in the process.
According to Autumn Salamack, Resource Conservation
Manager for Kitsap County, the project will save an estimated $6,000
annually at current energy prices, and will conserve an estimated
26,000,000 BTUs of energy per year. "The installation of these systems
will help the County meet its energy conservation objectives by reducing
the amount of electricity and natural gas needed to heat water at the
Courthouse," Salamack said. “People might not immediately think of the
Pacific Northwest as a good site for solar, but even on cloudy, cool
days, our solar collectors are providing water heated at over 70
"Kitsap County residents and businesses that use
significant amounts of hot water are encouraged to consider solar hot
water systems,” said County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. “The federal
government currently offers 30% off the cost in the form tax credits,
and Kitsap County has partnered with Kitsap Credit Union to make
low-interest loans available for installing these systems at homes that
receive a comprehensive energy assessment."
The County used $30,500 of American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds from the U.S. Department of Energy's
Energy Conservation Block (EECBG) Program to complete this project. The
systems were installed by Sun Wind Concepts LLC. based in Bainbridge
Island, aiding in the creation of local jobs – a key goal of ARRA
funding. This is one of more than 18 County buildings receiving energy
retrofits funded by the $2.229 million EECBG award the County received
from the U.S. Department of Energy in December 2009.
For more information on this project, the County’s
Energy Plan, or additional EECBG-funded projects, visit
firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Salamack at (360) 337-5670.
Solar collector for hot water heater located on the
second floor of the Courthouse building
Solar collector for hot water heater located in
Courthouse boiler room.