Published on July 7th, 2008 | by Philip Proefrock


Hawaii Mandates Solar Hot Water

Solar water heaters are far more efficient and have a much shorter payback period than do solar photovoltaic systems.  Getting heat from direct solar radiation is extremely simple (just step outside on a sunny day), and can be done with far less complex systems than what solar PV requires.

Starting in 2010 all single family homes in Hawaii will be required to have solar hot water heaters. A bill signed by the state’s Republican governor, Linda Lingle, makes the state the first to require solar hot water for all new residences.

“Hawaii relies on imported fossil fuels more than any other state, with about 90 percent of its energy sources coming from foreign countries, according to state data.” – ENN

A non-freezing climate like Hawaii does not even require the additional equipment needed to prevent freezing, as is needed in many other states in the continental US.  While solar hot water would seem to be a no-brainer for Hawaii, it can be reasonably cost effective even in cold weather states.

Rather than circulating the water directly, solar hot water systems either use an anti-freeze solution circulating in the lines, and then transfer the heat to the water with a heat exchanger.  Or, solar hot water systems can be set up to drain back and empty the system on cold winter nights to prevent freezing, and only circulate water through the system when conditions are favorable.

More about Solar Hot Water:

GreenBuildingTalk: Solar Hot Water and Heating — Is it Right for You?

Concealed Solar Hot Water

Weekly DIY: Solar Shower

Solar Water Heaters Soon to be Part of the Hawaiian Landscape

via: EcoGeek and ENN

image by: Stan Zurek under GNU Free Documentation license via Wikipedia


US Fed News Service, Including US State News October 22, 2010 PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 21 — The Oregon University System issued the following news release:

The State of Oregon announced last week that it has awarded a $31,796 grant to Impact Northwest and Marshall High School’s Post-Secondary Options project to provide college academic and other preparation to low-income and high-risk students. Funded through a $1.5 million grant from the U.

S. Department of Education received by Oregon in August, this award is part of the College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACGP) which awarded grants to 12 pre-college preparation programs across the state for a total of $607,000 in support.

The Post-Secondary Options project will be implemented at Marshall High School in Southeast Portland, with the goal of transforming the high school campus into a college-going culture. To achieve this goal, the project will provide the most at-risk students with one-on-one, individually tailored, college preparation assistance; will deepen community partnerships in support of student academic success and college enrollment; and will provide parents with guidance in navigating the college application and financial aid process. here marshall high school

“We are excited to have this opportunity to help more students find their way to college,” said Amber McGill, Impact Northwest SUN Site Manager. “Marshall has worked very hard to make sure students are meeting academic benchmarks, and thanks to those efforts, there are now more students than ever at Marshall who would be eligible to go to college if they had guidance through the school selection and application process.” Impact Northwest will partner with Marshall High School’s SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) program to deliver the programming to students. Besides the $31,796 provided by the grant, Impact Northwest will be providing an additional $34,259 in matching funds to run the program. web site marshall high school

Stephanie Carnahan, director of college access programs for the Oregon University System, said, “There is a great need in Oregon for pre-college programs that help students and families understand how to access college in a comprehensive way, from academic preparation to understanding how financial aid works. Post-Secondary Options is a great example of the type of support that all Oregon students need in order to ensure that they can access college and be academically and otherwise prepared to succeed in their education and career goals.” For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at Di Saunders, 503/725-5714, 971/219-6869; Stephanie Carnahan, 541/346-5761, 541/359-6755.

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