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Course Title
100 Home
101 Introduction
102 FAQ Page
103 Course Catalog
104 Green World
105 Demand & Supply
106 Conservation Careers
107 Solar Careers
108 Wind Turbine Careers
109 Entrepreneurs
110 Employee or Employer?
200 Demand Management
201 Summary
202 Residential Energy Profile
203 Ten Conservation Rules
204 HVAC System
205 Kitchen Appliances
206 Water Heater
207 Lighting
208 Laundry Appliances
209 Calculating Savings
300 Renewable Technology
301 Solar Energy
302 Solar Collectors
303 Solar Water Heating
304 Stirling Engines
305 Basic AC-DC Electronics
306 Silicon Solar Panels
307 Thin Film Solar Panels
308 Wind Turbines
309 Inverters
310 Grid Tied and Off Grid
311 Solar Site Survey
312 Solar Site Diagram
313 Sun Path Chart
314 Site Survey Worksheet
315 Wind Turbine Site Survey
316 Wind Turbine Worksheet
400 Solar Thermal Design
401 Solar Heat Overview
402 System Configuration
403 Site Survey
404 SRCC Compliance
405 System Specification
406 Bill of Materials
407 System Installation
408 Solar Heat Incentives
409 Document Package
410 Future Products
500 Solar PV Design
501 Solar PV Overview
502 System Configuration
503 Site Survey
504 Grid Tied & Off Grid
505 System Specification
506 Bill of Materials
507 System Installation
508 Solar PV Incentives
509 Document Package
510 Future Products
600 Wind Turbine Design
601 Wind Turbine Overview
602 System Configuration
603 Site Survey
604 Grid Tied and Off Grid
605 System Specification
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Green Collar Careers - Solar Heating Design

The objective of this module is to teach you how to design a complete solar hot water heating system.  Now that you have a basic understanding of Solar Energy, Solar Collectors, and Solar Water Heating you should be ready to begin designing a system for installation. 

Even better we'll recommend that you use your own home as the planning subject.  By the end of the this Module you should be fully competent to evaluate, design, and contract the installation of a solar hot water heating system along with identifying the all the financial benefits in the form of tax incentives and utility rebates.

There are 10 key topics that we’ll cover:

401 – Solar Heat Overview
402 - Recommended System Configuration
403 - Site Survey
404 - SRCC Compliance Documents
405 - System Specifications
406 - Bill of Materials
407 - System Installation
408 - Solar Heating Incentives
409 - Document Package
410 – Near Future Products

Solar Water Heater systems are a natural extension to the Home Energy Audit business model and should be considered as the first option for renewable energy.

By beginning with a Home Energy Audit you’ll be able to earn an income during the audit and while you’re on the premises have the opportunity to appraise the value for a Solar Water Heating system.

Typical component costs for a Solar Water Heating system including installer related materials (IRM) is about $5200 and takes about 20 hours of labor to install; qualified subcontractor installations generally cost under $700.

Typical selling prices for these systems are about $8000 which includes a new water heater.  The IRS will provide a 30% tax credit of $2400 towards the system dropping the homeowner cost to $5600.  In most states there are additional incentives ranging from utility awards (up to 10% or $800) and/or state income tax credits.

The value proposition to the homeowner without any state or utility incentives:

Solar Hot Water System


Electric Water Heater (Installed)


Federal Tax Credit


Net Homeowner Cost




ROI at $500 a year




Added resale value to home