Two years later Reynold sold their solar business.
The system itself worked well. It pumped an antifreeze type solution from the basement to the rooftop panels. The solution would be heated by the sun, and travel back down to a heat exchanger atop the new 80 gallon water storage tank. It was a simple system, and worked well for a number of years. I blame the difficulty in obtaining parts, and the rarity of solar technicians as to why I took it off line.
|Typical rooftop solar panel installation.|
I like the idea a great deal, and if I could afford a system I would install it to either go completely off the so called grid, or to at least take a bit out of our usage.
There are two conundrums associated with this however:
- The overall cost of electricity is not that bad if one just uses their head.
- The cost of photovoltaic systems far outweighs their benefit for the average home owner.