Solar Road Tour Episode 5 – Highlands Solar Hot Water, Bowdoin College
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Our Solar Road Tour takes us a little further up the coast, where we visit The Highlands in Topsham, a unique retirement community with a strong environmental commitment.
In 2007 The Highlands installed what was Maine’s largest solar hot water system at the time, a 540 evacuated tube system expected to pay for itself in 6 years due to its dramatic reduction in fossil fuel use. The Highlands expanded this year with 24 flat plate solar hot water collectors on their Maine Lodge.
For The Highlands, solar hot water is a win-win: the collectors save their business thousands of dollars a year in fuel costs, while helping to preserve the memorable local environment that appeals to their residents. In this video, we talk to Highlands Sales Consultant, Don Wessels, as he tells us a bit about the system, its value to Highlands, and their commitment to sustainability.
In the second half, we check out a sizzling 48 flat plate solar hot water array on top of Bowdoin’s Thorne Dining Hall… you can see system performance for Thorne (as well as many other campus buildings) online!
Miss Solar Road Tour Episodes?
We’ve had a lot of fun touring Maine and New Hampshire on our journey. Prior videos on our blog:
- Episode 4: SMCC’s Alternative Energy Education Program and Scratch Baking Company
- Episode 3: Paul Ledman’s High Performance Apartments at 62 Cumberland Ave, Portland
- Episode 2: Melissa Coleman on Cranberry Ridge, Freeport Library
- Episode 1: Gritty’s and LL Bean sport solar hot water in Freeport, Maine
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