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

In August 2017, Wheaton College’s Haas Athletic Center leveraged an $89,600 rebate from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Commercial-Scale Solar Hot Water Program to install solar hot water collectors. 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, locker room, showers, and restrooms. The system’s design allows either the pool or the hot water supply to be heated to different temperatures depending on weather conditions, which greatly increases energy efficiency. The system is expected to save the school $30,000 and 3,912 therms per year and reduce its carbon footprint.