Apricus, Inc., a global manufacturer and distributor of renewable energy solutions and solar thermal heating products, recently implemented a solar heating system on the California State University, Sacramento campus. In tandem with JR Pierce Plumbing, Apricus outfitted a new Sacramento State residence hall with solar thermal functionality and usable heat.
Already energy-efficient in design, the new building boasts 40 AP-30 evacuated tube heat pipe solar collectors which absorb thermal energy from the sun and convert it into usable heat. The solar installation is an open-loop system with 1,000 gallons of hot water storage. This will provide more than 475 million Btu’s of free energy annually.
“By adding solar heating systems to our already energy efficient 209,000-square-foot four story dorm building, we are adding to a steady drumbeat of sustainable practices on campus,” said Michael Speros, Director of Student Housing. “Employing solar-powered heating embodies the stewardship and values of our institution, and has allowed our University to save more than 60,000 lbs. of carbon emissions annually in the pursuit of energy conservation.”
Specialized design and vacuum tube functionality enables hot water to be delivered quickly and efficiently year-round, even during the non-summer months when Sacramento State’s new residence hall is fully housed and utilized. By using a solar collector system that provides roughly 30 percent of the new building’s hot water, Sacramento State looks to meet the LEED® rating system standard of 20 percent in renewable energy savings.
“Incorporating solar heating benefits Sacramento State by reducing its energy expenditure immediately,” said Nigel Ruddell, VP of North American Operations for Apricus. “In addition to supporting sustainable and clean energy practices, we’re thrilled to aid groups adopting renewable technologies that put them at the forefront of carbon emissions reduction.”
Apricus (apricus.com) is a global manufacturer of renewable energy solutions and solar thermal heating products.
From their recently expanded company-owned manufacturing facility, Apricus designs sustainable hot water solutions that provide hot water, space heating/cooling, and industrial hot water for residential, commercial and industrial applications.
With a rapidly growing distribution network throughout North America, offices in the US, Europe, and Australia, and representation in over 30 countries; Apricus provides simple, cost-effective solutions for homeowners and businesses around the world.