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Water Conservation Systems

Water conservation systems include on-demand water heating (also called tankless water heating), water recirculation pumps, and water reclamation systems. save water. Save energy. Save money.

Even with record rainfall this year, our watershed supply is inadequate for agriculture, wildlife, and urban needs; reservoirs are extremely low; hydropower is restricted. Water conservation efforts are not just necessary, but they can also be affordable and easy to implement. Products include: water recirculation pumps, tankless water heating systems.

 

Water Recirculation Pumps

Problem

Waiting for hot water is miserable. Plus, this wastes a lot of water. Over a year, the wasted static water in the average home equals 11,461 gallons. That’s 9% of the average home’s total water use of 131,000 gal/year. Of all the water in the world, less than 1% is available for human use. Protecting and managing our most precious resource is everyone’s responsibility.

Solution

A Water Recirculation pump installed by Solarponics.

Benefits of a Water Recirculation Pump
  • Increased convenience and comfort.
  • SAVE you up to 40% of your current water heating bill.
  • SAVE up to 11,000 gallons of water each year. GREAT for septic systems.
  • Pays for itself in energy and water savings.
How a Water Re-circulation Pump Works

Hot water is circulated through the “cooled” hot water lines until the water is hot at the faucet. The cool water is circulated back to the water heater via the cold-water line, and no water is wasted during the wait.

What does it cost?

A water re-circulation pump generally runs around $1,400 for proper installation and quality equipment. Water recirculation pumps can be installed in one day.

Tankless Water Heating

Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater
  • Increased convenience and comfort.
  • SAVE you up to 40% of your current water heating bill.
  • More compact, saving space.
  • Reduces carbon emissions, equivalent to planting 33 Cypress tree.
  • A Noritz tankless water heater lasts twice as long as traditional tank water heaters, dramatically reducing landfill waste. There is an average of 7.3 million traditional water heaters disposed into landfills each year in the US.
  • 12-year replacement warranty on heat exchanger.
  • Noritz has been an innovator in the water heating industry for over 60 years.

More Water Use Data and Facts

Energy generation and transmission requires the utilization of water resources, particularly for hydroelectric, nuclear, and thermal energy sources. Conversely, about 8% of the global energy generation is used for pumping, treating, and transporting water to various consumers.

We use water to pump crude oil out of the ground, remove pollutants from power plant exhaust, flush residue after fossil fuels are burned, to mine and process coal, and much more. Our energy resources rely on water, much more than we probably realize. Exactly how much water?

The analysis gets complicated at this point. No one has yet come up with solid numbers for the storage and post-generation stages of energy water.

We also need to consider how energy industries have water expenditures even after power is generated, all the way through to decommissioning of the power sources.

So now you know. You need water to make power. Using solar won’t just save you lots of money. It will also help all of us conserve precious fresh water.

© CleanTechnica, 2014. Article by Sandy Dechert IPCC Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) Infograph © PureTechnologies.com

Rooftop Solar

Solar panel manufacturing uses about 3 oz. of water per MWh to produce

Wind

uses a bit less water than solar, but both are exponentially more water-efficient than any other energy source

Natural Gas

The post-generation water impacts of natural gas are negligible, although the EPA notes that “pollutants and heat build up in the water used in natural gas boilers… is often discharged into lakes or rivers.”

Coal

A typical 500-MW coal-fired power plant will create close to 200,000 tons of sludge waste per year, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, as well as 125,000 tons of coal ash. This waste leaps into the headlines when it spills into waterways, destroying rivers and polluting drinking water, as it has at large scale in Tennessee and North Carolina in recent years.

Nuclear

Nuclear waste disposal uses 3 gallons of water per MWh of energy generated.

Solar uses 96% LESS water than nuclear power. This is a very relevant statistic for us here on California’s central coast. Being that we’re in a severe drought, and we get most of our energy from Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power plant, the adoption of solar energy will save us money and water.

Lots of water.

Local Solar Company Advantage

Greater Savings

We have long-term relationships with distributors, which means better equipment, which means greater savings. We’re owner/partners in Amicus, the nations largest solar co-op, giving us access to the best pricing. We have a dedicated service department, which means fast response time and better service.

Experienced

With 45 years in the solar business and over 5,200 solar installs, you can rest assured you’re in good hands. From initial proposal, to design, permitting, we’ve got you covered, making the process fast and easy. Many of our employees have been with us over 10 years. That’s longer than most solar companies have been in business.

Trusted

We were born in San Luis Obispo and raised in Atascadero. You call a local number, not an 800 number, which means personal attention and fast service. We have great relationships with builders, inspectors, vendors, and manufacturers because we’ve earned their trust during our 45 years of doing the right thing.

Map of Solarponics customers from 2004 through 2021

Testimonials

“We did look into leasing and renting solar and had heard quite a few horror stories. So we then decided that buying the system outright from Solarponics was the best thing.”

“The number one thing I can say about Solarponics is, from day one, every single person that I worked with, literally every single person…so nice, so efficient, so easy to work with. I can’t say enough about each and every person.”

Danielle

Atascadero, CA

Solar Energy Incentives & Rebates

We identify and help you take advantage of any incentive and/or rebate that is available. Solarponics also occasionally has internal solar energy incentives and rebates. Your energy analyst will always present you with the best possible current incentive that you are eligible for to save you the most money.

SOLAR ELECTRIC: 26% INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT (ITC)
Valid through 12-31-2022

In a stunning reversal of policy, the federal government extended the solar tax credit for two years, as part of the COVID 19 Relief bill.

The Federal Investment Tax Credit for solar energy will remain at 26% for all solar installs that become operational on or before  01-01-2023.

The Solar Energy Investment Tax Credit is a dollar-for-dollar federal tax credit for solar energy system install on residential or commercial properties that is available through Dec. 31, 2022.

WHO IS IT FOR? The 26% federal tax credit is available to any homeowner in the United States who installs a qualifying solar energy system by December 31, 2022.* The 26% federal tax credit also extends to commercial buildings as well.

EXPIRES: The ITC is set to drop to 22% at the end of 2022, After that, the tax credit drops  to ZERO on 01-01-2024. Don’t wait  to the last minute to go solar. Start saving today,

Call or click today for your free solar quote.

(805) 466-5595.

For more details, click here. www.seia.org

* Not all homeowners have the tax appetite to take full advantage of the federal investment tax credit. Please consult your tax professional.

UP TO $2,400 EV CHARGER INSTALL REBATE
Central Coast Community Energy (3C Energy) customers are eligible for up to a $2,400 rebate on a Level 2 EV charger installation. Final out of pocket costs are about $200 for the homeowner. Valid thru 09-30-2022  GET A QUOTE.

COMMERCIAL REBTES ARE GRETER. email todd@solarponics.comfor commercial sales.

Empower EV Program is offering up to a $2,500 rebate on a Level 2 EV charger installation. To qualify, the customer must live in a single-family household who have recently purchased an EV within six months, and meet income eligibility:

    Customer must verify income eligibility (within 400% of the federal poverty level):

    • $51,040 for a one-person household
    • $68,960 for a two-person household
    • $86,880 for a three-person household
    • $104,800 for a four-person household
    • $122,720 for a five-person household

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UP TO $4,500 SOLAR THERMAL WATER HEATING SYSTEM REBATE

Receive a $3500 to $4500 rebate on ENERGY STAR® Certified Solar Thermal Systems with a gas water heater backup. In addition, a brand new installation of an ENERGY STAR® Certified Water Heater in conjunction with the Solar installation is required. Limit one per household.

CLICK HERE for a free quote.

Valid thru 12-2022

$1,720 FIRE ZONE BATTERY REBATE

All new applications go on a wait list.

Tesla Powerwall 2

Tesla Powerwall 2

Qualifying homes that are in a tier 1 or tier 2 fire zone, who install battery storage with solar are eligible for a state rebate of up to $1,720 per battery, in addition to the 26% federal tax credit (when installed with solar electric). Example: Tesla Powerwall costs about $18,995 to purchase the equipment and install. Rebates and tax credits reduce the final out of pocket cost to around $14,000, saving almost $6,000. Battery storage rebates are administered by the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP). Rebates are tiered, and decline as available funding for the program is depleted.  Click here to request a free quote

Consult your tax professional regarding rebates and tax credits.

 

EMPLOYER PARTNERS DISCOUNT PROGRAM - VALID THRU 12-31-22

Solarponics offers discount group pricing to select businesses and their employees.

Call Solarponics and ask if your business is listed on our Employer Partners Discount Program. In many cases, if one or more employee(s) who work at a Partner company install solar, all employee receives a discount of about $400 average per system install (depending on system size). This discount is in addition to any state and federal rebate or tax incentive.

Click here to request a free quote.

Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Your solar energy analyst will present you with the discount, incentive or rebate that will save you the most money, maximizing your investment. Expires 12-31-2022.

FREE SOLAR POOL HEATING PANEL WITH INSTALL - EXPIRED

Receive one FREE Panel with purchase of your Heliocol Solar Pool Heating System. The best just got better. Heliocol panels allow you to start your summer early and end your summer late. The Summer Savings offer is good for a limited time only, however, the extended swim season is available anytime.

System must be at least 300 square feet. Only available on Heliocol systems purchased between July 1 – August 31, 2018 and installed by September 30, 2018. Your Solarponics energy analyst will fill out and submit all necessary paperwork for your summer incentive FREE Heliocol panel.
Call your Solarponics energy analyst for a free quote. (805) 466-5595, or email samantha@solarponics.com.

UP TO $3,100 ON A HEAT PUMP WATER HEATER - ON HOLD

ON HOLD

$3,100 REBATE WHEN REPLACING A NATURAL GAS OR PROPANE WATER HEATER. GET A FREE QUOTE.

A heat pump water heater with a solar PV system is a great energy saving, money saving combination. Great for a homeowner who is currently on natural gas, propane, or has an Solarponics heat pump water heaterolder electric water heater.

Get up to a $3,100 rebate when replacing an existing natural gas or propane water heater. CLICK HERE for a free quote.

Get up to $1,000 rebate when replacing an existing electric water heater with an energy efficient heat pump water heater.

  • Reduce your water-heating bill by up to 80%.
  • Prevent up to 4,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
  • Cut propane costs by up to $1,000/year for a family of four.
  • When installed with a solar electric system, your water heating energy costs are zero.
  • Same footprint as traditional water heater.
  • Lasts twice as long as traditional tank heaters.

[†] Ask your tax advisor about possible federal tax credits.

 

Plant-A-Tree Effort

For every energy system we install, Solarponics is planting a tree on our customer’s behalf. We have chosen to work thru Arbor Day Foundation for this effort. Our goal is to plant 1,000 trees. When we say “plant”, we mean we donate the funds to cover the cost to plant one tree. Arbor Day does the actual planting. We hit 600 trees on Oct 30, 2021. It’s a small effort to start, but one that will grow.

We must do something before it’s too late

Humankind is facing a crisis: our ability to survive and thrive is at risk. Air and water pollution is rampant. Weather patterns are shifting at an alarming rate. Poverty is widespread. The entire globe is battling poor health for a number of reasons. And society as a whole is becoming more and more fractured.

is committed to addressing these problems through the installation of renewable energy, including solar PV, wind energy, solar water heating, and energy storage.
Our vision?
For every building and residence on the Central Coast to have a net-zero energy resource and consumption footprint.

is committed to addressing these problems… through trees. Trees are an important part of the solution to many critical issues facing the planet and humankind. Their goal? plant 100 million trees around the globe by 2022.

FACT

An average 7kW solar energy system reduces 9,606 lbs of CO2 each year, the equivalent of planting 125 trees. One rooftop solar energy system really does lead to a significant environmental improvement.

Plant-A-Tree Effort

For every energy system we install, Solarponics is planting a tree on our customer’s behalf. We have chosen to work thru Arbor Day Foundation for this effort. Our goal is to plant 1,000 trees. When we say “plant”, we mean we donate the funds to cover the cost to plant one tree. Arbor Day does the actual planting. We hit 600 trees on Oct 30, 2021. It’s a small effort to start, but one that will grow.

We must do something before it’s too late

Humankind is facing a crisis: our ability to survive and thrive is at risk. Air and water pollution is rampant. Weather patterns are shifting at an alarming rate. Poverty is widespread. The entire globe is battling poor health for a number of reasons. And society as a whole is becoming more and more fractured.

is committed to addressing these problems through the installation of renewable energy, including solar PV, wind energy, solar water heating, and energy storage.
Our vision?
For every building and residence on the Central Coast to have a net-zero energy resource and consumption footprint.

is committed to addressing these problems… through trees. Trees are an important part of the solution to many critical issues facing the planet and humankind. Their goal? plant 100 million trees around the globe by 2022.

FACT

An average 7kW solar energy system reduces 9,606 lbs of CO2 each year, the equivalent of planting 125 trees. One rooftop solar energy system really does lead to a significant environmental improvement.

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“I caught my friend harassing some electricity. I told him it was an abuse of power.”

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“What do wind turbines talk about? Nothing special. They just shoot the breeze.”

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“A sweater I bought was picking up static electricity. So, I returned it to the store. They gave me another one free of charge.”