OceanView at Falmouth Uses Solar for Smart Growth
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Just up the road from our Portland showroom is Oceanview at Falmouth, a unique retirement community that makes smart growth a core part of its mission. Solar hot water is a major part of that smart growth.
Since 2007, Oceanview at Falmouth has installed numerous solar hot water systems, including:
- 360 tube array on Hilltop Lodge
- 12 flat plates on Falmouth House
- Heliocol collectors for their pool
- 14 collectors instaled on their newest expansion to the Main Lodge
We visited as part of our ongoing Solar Road Tour, taking the opportunity to speak with Oceanview’s Sales & Marketing Manager, Gloria Walker, and resident John Radebaugh, M.D. We learn a little bit about Oceanview’s environmentally-minded vision of growth and how solar hot water is a crucial part of that vision.
Solar Thermal A Clear Environmental and Economic Winner
Chris Wasileski, who works in Seacoast Management’s Development Office, took some extra time to speak with us about the big picture of solar energy in our world.
“We have always been interested in solar energy, from both a social and environmental standpoint, but for it to work as a business there needs to be a solid case on the side of economics,” he says, “This sweet spot is what has lead us to invest in so much solar hot water over the years. We found that solar thermal offers great payback and great potential – there are strong incentives and rebates, which when combined with impressive fuel savings have made these investments clear winners for us.”
After partnering with ReVision on nearly a dozen projects, Chris says his experience “Has been very easy, ReVision is my go-to firm for solar hot water. They are as critical to our business as the plumbers we work with.”
In addition to saving money, solar hot water helps Oceanview achieve a greater vision of raising awareness of fossil energy alternatives and encouraging their adoption. “By having these systems all over our buildings, we’re showing our customers, clients, and staff that we believe in solar energy, and help them to believe in it, too. Since the Carter era, the biggest question mark with solar has been whether it is cost feasible, and I believe we’re showing that it is. We look forward to a renewable energy future for everyone.”
Big thanks to Oceanview for letting us tour the facility, and to Dr. Radebaugh for sharing his story with us. Stay tuned next month for our final leg of the road tour for 2011, which sends us up to Midcoast Maine.