Product Extra: Stimulus: HVAC and Solar

Alternative energies and high-efficiency HVAC products eligible for tax credits.

SRS Energy. Solé Power Tile is the first building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roofing product designed for curved roofing systems. Blending seamlessly with several clay tile styles from U.S. Tile, Solé Power Tile incorporates a thin film solar technology that is able to convert a greater range of dawn-to-dusk light into solar energy, compared to other technologies. The curved tile design allows for greater air circulation under and around the tiles, which prevents degradation of performance caused by desert heat. SRS Energy and U.S. Tile are launching the Solé Power Tile system in select West Coast markets and will roll out the product nationally in spring of 2010. The product will be eligible for a full 30% tax credit for solar upgrades. 267.515.5895.

Takagi. Designed with installers in mind, the T-H2 condensing tankless water heater can be vented with 4-inch PVC pipes instead of stainless steel. Because PVC venting allows for zero clearance, and is less expensive than stainless steel, the new model will allow for more installation flexibility, and can reduce the cost of the system. A front panel LED screen built into the computer board displays temperature settings and codes for easy maintenance and troubleshooting. Offering a thermal efficiency of 92%, the T-H2 is eligible for a 30% tax credit up to $1,500. The unit has a low activating flow rate of 0.5 gallons per minute (gpm), and a maximum of 9 gpm, and up to 4 T-H2s can be linked together for even larger applications. Ideal for use with heavy residential water heating; space heating; radiant floor heating; and indirect, recirculation, or combination heating systems. 866.356.9190.

Velux America. Drawing on its experience in the skylight industry, the maker’s solar water heating system features solar energy roof collectors that integrate well with rooflines, offering good curb appeal without detracting from the system’s solar collection cababilities. Eligible for a 30% federal tax credit, homeowners can choose from systems that incorporate two or three rooftop panels, and 80- or 120-gallon hot water holding tanks. The maker estimates that tax credit savings combined with lower monthly utility bills can offer a return-on-investment of 3 to 7 years. 800.888.3589.

Johnson Controls. The new LX Series of multi-position gas furnaces from Luxaire combines compact design with high-efficiency performance. The unit features a 33-inch cabinet ideal for installations where space is limited, such as basements, closets, attics, and garages. The multi-position design, solid removable bottom panels, lack of knockouts, and a patent-pending self-priming internal condensate trap make installation and conversion easy. The LX Series also offers easy access to controls for servicing, and high-level self diagnostics with a fault code display. With AFUE ratings as high as 96% on LX Series units, all condensing models qualify for federal tax credits. 877.958.9247.

Fahrenheit Technologies. Engineered to create more useable heat from its fuel compared to other biomass furnaces, the Endurance 50F Biomass Furnace offers 99% combustion, thanks to a positive auger feed, the maker says. The unit runs on a range of biomass sources, including wood or wheat pellets, corn, cherry pits, and more. The electronic Autostart iginition eliminates the need for matches and starter mixes, and allows for set-it-and-forget-it thermostat setting. The Endurance 50F also features a Fuel Mizer setting that will automatically shut the system off after periods of “no heat required,” then re-ignite when heat is called for. A multistage airflow design ensures the unit will disemminate up to 50,000 Btu efficiently. The Endurance 50F has a hopper capacity of 112 pounds with an optional extension. Eligible for a 30% tax credit up to $1,500. 616.392.7410.

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