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SunMaxx Solar Thermal System Brings New Energy To Historic Harvard

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  • Customer: Harvard University
  • Location: Cambridge, MA
  • Building Type: Residence Hall
  • Solar System Type: Domestic Hot Water
  • Type Of Solar Collectors: Flat Plates
  • Solar Collector Model: TitanPowerPlus-SU2
  • Qty Of Solar Collectors: 150 (3213 ft2)
  • Anticipated Solar Fraction: 30%
  • Anticipated 15yr Energy Savings: $ 720,706
  • Install Completion Date: July 2010

Project Overview

SunMaxx Solar is proud to announce the successful installation of SunMaxx TitanPower Plus-SU2 flat plate collectors at Harvard University’s Harvard Yard. The solar system was built atop the Canaday Hall building as part of a larger system that provides hot water to all of the buildings within Harvard Yard. Installed,engineered and designed by the SunMaxx Solar authorized installer LittleFoot Energy Corporation, who served as the prime contractor on the project, the collector array will provide approximately 773 MMBTU/year, which is an estimated 30% solar fraction.

The more than 3,200 square feet of SunMaxx TitanPower Plus-SU2 flat plate collectors atop the three buildings of Canaday Hall is part of a solar thermal and steam tunnel heat-recovery project that won the New England Association of Energy Engineers best renewable energy thermal project for 2010. This hybrid heating system also collects exhaust heat from a steam tunnel under the dormitory. The heat captured from the flat plate collectors and the steam tunnel runs through a system of glycol-filled pipes, which feeds into a 1,000 gallon buffer tank in Canaday’s basement. This preheats the water in the buffer tank to 130 degrees before the water is pumped to the buildings around Harvard Yard.

Harvard University, a private, Ivy League university based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the oldest university in the United States, and a known leader among universities world-wide. Dedicated to producing highly educated, socially conscious graduates destined to serve as leaders of today, the university works to lead by example and recently established an aggressive sustainability objective to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and overall carbon footprint. The stated goal is to reduce GHG emissions 30% by 2016, a challenging objective for any organization. SunMaxx Solar congratulates Harvard University on being a forerunner in not only creating a more energy efficient system through their use of solar powered systems, but also in educating the surrounding community about the benefits of clean, renewable energy.

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Building Details

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Building Information 
Type of Building Residence Hall

Solar System Details

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Solar System Details
Solar Thermal System Type Domestic Hot Water
Installation Date July 2010
Energy Production (annual) 253606
Anticipated Solar Fraction 30%
Type of Solar Collectors Flat Plates
Collector Model TitanPowerPlus-SU2
Quantity of Solar Collectors 150
Gross Area of Collectors (ft2) 3213 ft2
Type of Mounting System Flush Mount

Financial Details

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Anticipated Annual Savings
Annual Savings (year 1) $ 37077.2
Anticipated Cumulative Energy Savings (3% Annual Energy Price Increase)
5 Year Cumulative Savings $ 227913.55
10 Year Cumulative Savings $ 456123.72
15 Year Cumulative Savings $ 720706.62
20 Year Cumulative Savings $ 1027409.22

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