A new report by the Solar Energy Industries Association's (SEIA) U.S. Solar Heating & Cooling Alliance says solar heating and cooling (SHC) technology has an important role to play in lowering energy use and saving money in commercial buildings in the U.S.
According to the report, heating and cooling represent an average of 35% of commercial buildings' energy usage. Because SHC systems generate thermal energy on-site and displace the price-volatile fossil fuels traditionally used for heating and cooling, including SHC systems in new building financing can often lead to fuel cost savings that exceed the monthly payment for a financed system, the report says.
The report highlights the broad scope of applications for SHC systems and includes a number of detailed case studies of deployed systems.
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