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Phone: 360.337.4598


Date: June 1, 2011
Contact: Autumn Salamack, Resource Conservation Manager
Kitsap County Commissioners Office
(360) 337-5670 or
No: 2011-035

County Installs Solar Thermal Hot Water Heating System at Courthouse

(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 degrees.”

"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, email, or call Salamack at (360) 337-5670.

Solar panel for Courthouse second floor



Solar collector for hot water heater located on the second floor of the Courthouse building



Solar collector for hot water heater in boiler room



Solar collector for hot water heater located in Courthouse boiler room.




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