EchoFirst helps residential solar thermal market in California
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.