What It Is and How It Works
Water travels in pipes from the tank through solar collectors and is heated by the sun.
The water returns to the hot water storage tank, ready for use in your home or business.
The tank has a backup heating element to ensure your home or business has hot water, no matter the weather.
Solar water heating systems collect sunlight and convert it into environmentally-friendly energy to heat water used in homes and businesses.
Why go solar? The systems can be used in any climate, and the source of their power – the sun – is free, making solar water heating both a "green," zero-emissions energy choice and one of the most cost-effective solar technologies.
In order to collect solar energy, you need to have an area at your home or business that is free from shade and faces south, southeast or southwest. Solar collectors are typically mounted on the roof.
There are two types of solar water heating systems: active, which have circulating pumps and controls, and passive, which do not. Passive systems are typically less expensive, more reliable and more durable, but not as efficient. The kind of system you choose depends on many factors, including the location of your home or business, the climate where you live, the cost and how you plan to use it.
Customers should choose products and contractors carefully, given the many variables involved. FPL bears no responsibility for the quality or performance of any products or contractors chosen by the customer.