EchoFirst helps residential solar thermal market in California

Thursday, July 12, 2012 @ 12:07 PM
posted by rene5432

EchoFirst Inc. is helping to increase the number of residential solar installations in California by offering to install the system at no up-front cost, Clean Energy Authority reports.

According to the news source, the company's new system, which was introduced on July 10, is the first time a hybrid solar thermal/solar photovoltaic system has been offered with a zero-down lease. Similar to its parent company Echo+, the company's system uses by thermal energy and electricity by using a photovoltaic array and a thermal device side by side.

"The method of thermal capture for the new product is different than with Echo+," said Gordon Handelsman, EchoFirst chief marketing officer and co-founder. "While both utilize air as the working fluid to harness the waste heat from the PV modules, Echo utilizes glycol as the working fluid at the panel level, while Echo+ is entirely air based, even at the thermal panel level."

According to Residential Solar 101, California has set a goal to create 2,000 megawatts of new, solar produced electricity by 2016, much of which may come from home solar photovoltaic installations. 

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