Conn. Hospital Installing Solar Thermal System

Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, Conn., has received a $323,000 grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) for a solar thermal hot water system.

Consulting Engineering Services (CES), the Legacy Mechanical Group (LMG) and Munger Construction will provide design-build services for the project. CES and LMG have previously partnered together to provide design-build services for Connecticut's first net-zero-energy, LEED Platinum-certified home, the companies note.

Starting this fall, CES and LMG will begin preparing the roof locations at the hospital for the installation of 70 Solarus evacuated-tube solar thermal collectors. The rooftop panels will feed into a 3,750-gallon storage tank, from which hot water will be distributed throughout the building. The total construction cost is expected to be $550,000.

This system will reduce the annual hot water needs of the facility by an estimated 65%, according to the companies.


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