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Solar Thermal is common in first world countries such as Spain and Israel. And in the U.S., thanks to financial incentives and a growing desire for energy independence, the technology is increasingly widespread. Because basic Solar Thermal systems are relatively inexpensive and proven to reduce energy consumption, they’re popular not only in developed nations, but also in places with more limited financial resources.

In Chile, for example, a government project is currently bringing Solar Thermal to hundreds of shantytown residents near Santiago. Solar Thermal systems installed on new homes the government is building for these underprivileged people will provide financial savings of 62% for a family of four using 10.5 gallons of water per day at 115 degrees Fahrenheit. This project comes on the heels of legislation approved last year in Chile authorizing government subsidies of between 20 and 100 percent of the cost of Solar Thermal installations in new residential buildings.

Granted, the vast majority of Americans are far better off economically than the Chileans who will benefit from their government’s Solar Thermal program. But the desire to save money by reducing energy costs has strong appeal across all cultural, economic and national boundaries.

The installation cost of a Solar Thermal system is quite reasonable when you consider the long-term financial benefits. Sure, it may take a few years for the energy savings a new Solar Thermal system provides to equal the cost of installation. With a minimum 25-year lifespan though, these systems continue paying back long after they’ve paid for themselves. No matter what country you’re from, that is a sensible proposition.

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Posted On : Thursday, March 25, 2010

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