Wheaton College
Location: 
Norton
Technology: 
Solar Thermal Domestic Hot Water

In August 2017, Wheaton College’s Haas Athletic Center leveraged an $89,600 dollar rebate from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Commercial-Scale Solar Hot Water Program to install solar hot water collector.. The system uses a 1,248 square foot array of SunEarth Flat Plate Collectors, installed by Renewable Energy Systems, to heat the athletic center’s indoor Olympic sized pool and  locker room with showers and restrooms that is used by the athletes. The system is expected to save the school $30,000 (overall? Annually?) while reducing carbon and saving up to 3,912 Therm (should therm be plural?) per year. Finally, the system’s design allows either the pool or the hot water supply to be heated to different temperatures depending on weather conditions, which will greatly increase energy efficiency.

The system was installed in August 2017. It is located on the University’s HAAS Athletic Building and partially funded through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).  The system heats the building’s hot water and the pool using 1248 sq ft of SunEarth Flat Plate Collectors. This system has a projected savings of 3,912 Therm per year and a reduction of carbon The systems design allows either the pool or the DHW to be heated to different temperatures depending on weather conditions, which will greatly increase energy efficiency.