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Posted by Rob Dekker on September 3, 2005, 1:35 am
Thanks for the links Iain !
They are very useful. Especially the SRCC website.
Appreciate it.

Posted by dvh on September 2, 2005, 1:51 pm
Rob Dekker wrote:

I am only an occasional lurker at this group, so perhaps it has been
covered. I thought I would mention that new federal tax credits come
into being on January 31, 2006 for solar products, including solar water
heaters.  I am sure that will spur some commerical activity.  If you
look at the following website www.seia.org, they have a FAQ on the new
credits.  IRS has not yet issued the regulations on this, but as I read
the new law, it appeared the installation or product, not sure which,
had to be "certified" by some outfit.  Below is a quote out of the new law:


     "(a) Allowance of Credit.-In the case of an individual, there shall
be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by this chapter for the
taxable year an amount equal to the sum of-
     "(1) 30 percent of the qualified photovoltaic property expenditures
made by the taxpayer during such year,
     "(2) 30 percent of the qualified solar water heating property
expenditures made by the taxpayer during such year, and
     "(3) 30 percent of the qualified fuel cell property expenditures
made by the taxpayer during such year.
     "(b) Limitations.-
     "(1) Maximum credit.-The credit allowed under subsection (a) for
any taxable year shall not exceed-
     "(A) $,000 with respect to any qualified photovoltaic property
     "(B) $,000 with respect to any qualified solar water heating
property expenditures, and
     "(C) $00 with respect to each half kilowatt of capacity of
qualified fuel cell property (as defined in section 48(c)(1)) for which
qualified fuel cell property expenditures are made.
     "(2) Certification of solar water heating property.-No credit shall
be allowed under this section for an item of property described in
subsection (d)(1) unless such property is certified for performance by
the non-profit Solar Rating Certification Corporation or a comparable
entity endorsed by the government of the State in which such property is

Posted by Ron Rosenfeld on September 2, 2005, 5:57 pm

Dunno about California, but in Maine:

-- ron  (off the grid in Downeast Maine)

Posted by dhonen@eco-smart.com.au on September 5, 2005, 8:02 am
 It's amazing that there is a really low level of acceptance for solar
hot water in the US. In Australia the take up rates are very slow also,
I manage a solar hot water retailer here in Australia and although we
are seeing growth still 97% of hot water systems replaced are either
electric or gas. We even have a rebate system called REC's which means
the solar hot water system purchaser gets around $000 off of the
purchase price.

In terms of your situation you can buy a 5 way valve to hook up to your
existing hot water system, get 2 solar panels for your roof and run
copper pipe between the two. You will also need a circulating pump
(just to over come frictional resistance) and a brain of some
desciption. You can contact me via email if you need a system designed
for you  dhonen@eco-smart.com.au.  We obviously have all that product
'off the shelf'  but I think the freight costs could be prohibitive.

Posted by AJ on September 26, 2005, 11:34 am
 Try www.heatwithsolar.com for a complete system that has been in use for
over 20 years.  Design and detailed energy information, as well as being
able to purchase one,  is available there.


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