Photovoltaic technology makes use of the abundant energy in the sun, and it has little impact on our environment. Photovoltaics can be used in a wide range of products, from small consumer items to large commercial solar electric systems.
Littleton Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical goal is to ensure that photovoltaic energy systems make an important contribution to the energy needs of our nation and the world.
The SunSource® Home Energy System uses free, abundant solar energy to generate electricity for heating and cooling your home. It can even provide enough electricity to power your lights and appliances and more. The SunSource system is expandable, affordable and remarkably uncomplicated Condensing Unit
Select air conditioners and heat pumps from the Dave Lennox Signature Collection can be modified with a simple upgrade to serve as the platform for the SunSource Home Energy System.
Solar Modules – As few as one or as many as 15 solar modules can be added at the time of installation or in the future. These modules convert solar energy into usable electrical power for your home.
Communication Module – Uses your broadband Internet connection to send performance information for each solar module to a third-party website where you can see how your SunSource system is working.
Performance-Monitoring Website – Gives you 24/7 access to real-time data showing system status, energy production, and environmental benefits, including carbon offsets. Monitoring service is provided free for five years.
A solar-ready, high efficiency Lennox air conditioner or heat pump that has been specially enhanced to serve as the platform for this new home energy system. A Lennox solar subpanel that provides the connection between utility- interactive solar power system and the HVAC unit. One to 15 roof-mounted solar modules that harness clean, sustainable energy from the sun and use it to run the home's central heating and cooling system as well as other appliances—the more modules, the more homeowners can reduce their utility costs.
A communications system that allows homeowners to monitor each solar module's operation and energy production online, as well as other environmental benefits such as the amount of carbon offset. The most efficient air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured by Lennox will automatically come solar ready, just like many of today's television sets are automatically sold as HD ready, said Hurst. Consumers who purchase these systems will have the option to integrate a solar package at installation or at a later date. And because the system is expandable, homeowners can start small with a couple of solar modules and add more in the future, for a total of up to 15 solar modules per outdoor unit and added energy savings.
As an example, a consumer who lives in a typical 2,000-square-foot home in Corpus Christi, Texas, can reduce the electricity usage associated with heating and cooling his or her home by approximately 12 percent annually by installing a Lennox high-efficiency air conditioner* with two solar modules and by 86 percent by installing the air conditioner with 15 modules. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, the homeowner would see around a 25 percent reduction in air conditioner electricity usage with two solar modules, and about a 180 percent reduction (meaning more energy production than air conditioner consumption) with 15 modules. The savings increase even more in sunnier areas of the country. In addition to the costs savings and incentives offered by many local utility companies for using high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment and/or renewable energy sources, the new SunSource system makes homeowners eligible for federal and some state solar tax credits. In fact, these benefits, when combined, can cover up to 94 percent of the cost of the solar modules, including installation**.
The new Lennox SunSource Home Energy System will be available with several products from the Dave Lennox Signature® Collection, which is the company's line of premium heating and cooling products, offering the quietest, most efficient operation and a premier level of performance. The Lennox SunSource Home Energy System may be paired with Dave Lennox Signature Collection air conditioners and heat pumps beginning in May 2010.
Lennox Industries is a leading provider of customized home heating, cooling and indoor air quality products that are designed to deliver customized comfort, efficiency and functionality, with the most innovative and reliable features available. Lennox is also the first heating and air conditioning manufacturer to harness solar energy for central heating and cooling and beyond. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy have selected Lennox as an ENERGY STAR Manufacturer of the Year four out of six years for its outstanding contribution to developing and promoting energy-efficient products.
*Energy savings calculations are based on a Lennox XC21-036 air conditioner, which has a 20.00 SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating). **Depends on local and state incentives in homeowners area. Typical incentives range between 30 percent and 94 percent of the cost of the solar modules, including installation.