1970s and 80s, but the technologies available at that time were inefficient, since
then, however, the technology has entered a second generation, and today’s
technology is a much more affordable around the world.
price is much lower, allowing for cheaper, more widely available installations, and the return on today’s Solar Hot Water Heaters, and
Today’s second generation Solar Hot Water Heaters offer dramatically improved efficiency, very good cost-effectiveness, and the the
return on the initial investment has been significantly improved over the last 20 plus years.

There are two major types of collectors; Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors and Flat Plate Solar Collectors. Each has their own
benefits and drawbacks when compared to the other, and when compared to traditional water and home heating fuel sources.
Flat Plate Solar Collectors are typically less expensive and less laborious with installation than Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors. It
your collector.  Flat plate collectors can be used in just about any location in the USA and Canada for domestic hot water and low
temperature space heating.  They are much more sustainable and durable leading to a much longer life cycle and increased ROI
than the evacuated tubes.  The lower cost of these collectors makes them a much wiser investment  than spending the additional
money with Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors where the higher temperature requirement is not needed.
utilized by a traditional Flat Plate Solar Collector. However, Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors are more costly than Flat Plate Solar
utilized by a traditional Flat Plate Solar Collector. However, Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors are more costly than Flat Plate Solar
Collectors (often 50% higher), but this initial cost could be quickly recouped by their increased efficiency in colder cloudier climates,
and wider range of climates that they are able to work in. Its very important to consider the temperature requirements of the
application when choosing your collector.
Today, Solar Hot Water Heaters from ITCES are used for a variety of applications in locations all around the world. Domestic Home
Hot Water Heating
Today, Solar Hot Water Heaters from ITCES are used for a variety of applications in locations all around the world.
•        Domestic Radiant/Space Home Heating
•        Large Residential Hot Water Heating – Hotels, Apartments, Retirement Homes, Resorts, etc
•        Commercial Hot Water Needs – Office Buildings, Car washes, Laundromats, and more
•        Municipal Hot Water Needs – Libraries, Government Buildings, Hospitals, and more
INSTALLING AND MAINTAINING THE SYSTEM
The proper installation of solar water heaters depends on many factors. These factors include solar resource, climate, local building
code requirements, and safety issues; therefore, it's best to have a qualified solar thermal systems contractor install your system
For active systems, discuss the maintenance requirements with your system provider, and consult the system's owner's manual.