Passive solar energy was used since the time of the Egyptian civilization. Today, we use photovoltaics, designed for space in the 1950s, in our calculators, some road signs, street lights and lawn decorations. Since the 1970s there has been interest in making solar a more common part of our home, school and business energy supply.
The most common large solar application in homes is a solar water heating system. This differs from the calculator on our desk because it generally reduces the energy needed to heat water but doesn't eliminate it.
Growing in popularity are solar applications to reduce whole house energy needs. They work well in the Will County area and a number of reliable companies are available to assist you in identifying a business or home application that fits your needs.
A home in Joliet features both types of solar. It is featured in detail on the Will County Green Facebook page and was profiled in the June electronic newsletter. The home is in an historic area and installed solar panels for electricity on the south facing roof of the home and garage. The solar protruding up above the roof of the garage is for the hot water heating system. This homeowner has stated that the initial investment paid for itself in less than three years.
The IKEA store, in Bolingbrook, has the largest roof-top solar installation in Illinois and was also featured in the Will County Green electronic newsletter, as well as many local newspapers. The solar panels installed at IKEA are photovolatics, designed to convert sunlight to electricity.
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Please see our Green Guide Database - search solar for some solar business listings.