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SunMaxx Solar Installation at Kuhns Bros. Log Homes Inc.

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  • Customer: Kuhns Bros. Log Homes Inc.
  • Location: Frewsburg, NY
  • Building Type: Log Home
  • Solar System Type: Combi heating
  • Type Of Solar Collectors: Evacuated Tubes
  • Solar Collector Model: ThermoPower-VHP30
  • Qty Of Solar Collectors: 70 tube total - (1) 30 and (2) 20 (3910.2 ft2)
  • Anticipated Solar Fraction: 65%
  • Anticipated 15yr Energy Savings: $ 14,400 - 16,200
  • Install Completion Date: February 2012
Kuhns Bros. Log Homes Incorporated

Project Overview

In February 2012, Dave Brugge completed the installation of a solar thermal system at Kuhns Bros. Log Homes Incorporated in Frewsburg, NY.   The installation included 1 ThermoPower VHP-30 and two ThermoPower VHP-20 solar collectors as well as a 280 gallon solar storage tank.   The solar system provides both hot water and heating for the building with a solar fraction of approximately 65%.  This new solar thermal system replaced the previous propane forced air furnace and electric hot water.

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Building Details

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Building Information 
Type of Building Log Home
Year of Construction 1993

Solar System Details

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Solar System Details
Solar Thermal System Type Combi heating
Installation Date February 2012
Energy Production (annual) 20
Anticipated Solar Fraction 65%
Type of Solar Collectors Evacuated Tubes
Collector Model ThermoPower-VHP30
Quantity of Solar Collectors 70 tube total - (1) 30 and (2) 20
Gross Area of Collectors (ft2) 133.4 ft2
Type of Mounting System Flush Mount
Storage Tank Capacity (g) 280 G

Financial Details

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Anticipated Annual Savings
Annual Savings (year 1) $ 2.92
Anticipated Cumulative Energy Savings (3% Annual Energy Price Increase)
5 Year Cumulative Savings $ 17.95
10 Year Cumulative Savings $ 35.92
15 Year Cumulative Savings $ 56.76
20 Year Cumulative Savings $ 80.91
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