Hi, Roland Riives here, to help you with your solar hot water. I’m no expert, but I’ve been tinkering with it for the last ten years, and I think I have something that works. I’m looking to freely share the knowledge with you, and help you avoid the mistakes I’ve made along the way. Together we can get your system going. I can’t fix all the world’s problems, but this is what I’m doing to reduce carbon emissions and lessen global warming. Even if you don’t think the world is heating up or that it’s an issue, DIY solar hot water is a great way to have fun and reduce your energy costs.
If you don’t want to DIY it, there are professional systems available too, that information is available here, or you can call me or email me, and I’ll be happy to help you out.
All the plans and instructions on this site are available for free, but donations to help us spread the word and keep the site running are gladly accepted. If you so choose, we’re an officially recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization by the IRS, and any such donations are fully tax deductible; check with your accountant for details.
Evacuated Tubes by Micoe(Very Good Brand!):
The larger evacuated tubes I use in my solar hot water system are made by Micoe and the smaller units are by Sunrain. The sunrain ones are cheaper than the Micoes by about a hundred dollars and are just as good as the Micoes.
My Homemade Flat Plate:
These photos are of a flat plate that I made in order to collect heat from the sun. This is how I get the heat that makes the bulk of the heat for my solar hot water system.
These are a couple photos of my favorite water pump brand. They’re 20 volts DC and are what I use currently in my solar hot water system.
This is the flowmeter I use for my solar hot water setup. Below is an image and a pdf detailing the price I paid to acquire the piece. You can get the same one from Waterpurificationsupplies.com