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Reducing Fossil Fuel Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions with Solar Water Heating

Jeffrey Havelin, PE

This (Two-hour) course will serve as an informative guide specifically reviewing the technical potential of solar water heating (SWH) to reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Use of solar water heating (SWH) in the United States grew significantly in the late 1970s and early 1980s, as a result of increasing energy prices and generous tax credits. Since 1985, however, expiration of federal tax credits and decreased energy prices have virtually eliminated the U.S. market for SWH.

More recently, increases in energy prices, concerns regarding emissions of greenhouse gases, and improvements in SWH systems have created new interest in the potential of this technology.

This course is based entirely on “The Technical Potential of Solar Water Heating to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the United States” from The National Renewable Energy Laboratory Technical Report NREL/TP-640-41157, dated March 2007.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials. You will be quizzed on the attached document in its entirety.

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