Out with the Old and in with the New! Affordable Housing Property in San Diego Replaces 18 Solar Hot Water Systems

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California Solar Thermal partners with Ekim Builders to install 18 solar thermal systems at Astro Vista Apartments in San Diego,California; these systems will offset 60% of the total annual water heating costs.

In the latter part of 2011, California Solar Thermal, Inc. (CST), a San Diego-based solar company partnered with Ekim Builders, Inc., a San Diego based sustainable building construction company to install eighteen (18) solar hot water systems for Astro Vista Apartments in Linda Vista; a section 8 property with over 300 tenants.

Astro Vista Apartments previously had an operating solar thermal system installed in the 1980’s, but with the onset of the California Solar Initiative (CSI) Thermal Rebate program and additional federal incentives, the current property owner decided the time was right for a new system. “With the incentives that are now available and the new developments in solar thermal technology and system monitoring, it was a no brainer.” The project total will include 108 solar collectors and the system will offset more than 94,400 Ibs of carbon annually.

Astro Vista Apartments is not the only housing community to take advantage of the state-wide rebate program. “Because of the CSI-Rebate program, we have been able to develop multiple solar thermal projects across San Diego, LA County, Orange County and beyond” says Neal Rosow, representative of California Solar Thermal. “We’re trying to save the world, one apartment community at a time!” The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), CSI and other state and federal programs have helped significantly in the facilitation of solar thermal projects across the state of California. The funding for the CSI-Thermal program comes from public utility ratepayers and exceeds $250M. The CSI Thermal Program offers cash rebates of up to $500,000 for Multifamily and Commercial properties and up to $1,875 for homeowners. For more information visit CSI-Thermal at http://www.csithermal.com.

All 18 systems will include a SunReports remote performance monitoring system. This allows both the owner and installer to track system performance and access real-time data. For more information, visit http://www.sunreports.com.

CST offers KIOTO Clear Energy solar thermal collectors as an integral part of their solar hot water systems. KIOTO Clear Energy is a subsidiary of Austrian-based GreenOneTec, the largest manufacturer of flat plate solar thermal collectors in the world. For almost 20 years, they have been improving their manufacturing processes and now use a completely automated assembly line. Visit KIOTO Clear Energy at http://www.kioto.com.

ABOUT CALIFORNIA SOLAR THERMAL

California Solar Thermal, Inc. is dedicated to raising awareness of solar thermal technologies and their environmental and economic benefits. They specialize in commercial and multifamily solar hot water systems and provide turn-key renewable energy financing solutions. Visit http://www.californiasolarthermal.com or call (888) 867-2611 for further information.

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