Solar Hot Water Installation Guide

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Course Co-op Power Green Job Training Order 11
Unit Solar Hot Water Installation Guide
Authors Lynn Benander and Scott Reed, Co-op Power Inc.
Lesson Plans
Solar Hot Water System Overview  (2 hr, wk 16)
Using A Solar Pathfinder  (2 hr, wk 16)
Collectors and Mounts  (3 hr, wk 16)
Storage - Pump Station - Controller  (4 hr, wk 17)
Pipe runs  (2 hr, wk 17)
Creating a SHW design and overall plan  (6 hr, wk 17)
Testing and Charging SHW Systems  (4 hr, wk 17)

Start Date 9 April 2011 End Date 16 April 2011 Total hours 29 hours

Learning Objectives

On completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

Solar Hot Water Systems

original objectives
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of solar energy principles and solar potential.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of how to site a solar system and estimate the actual solar potential at a site.
  • Understand the most common types of solar hot water systems.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the various types of equipment in each component area of a solar hot water system including collectors, storage tanks, pumps, controllers and backup heaters.
  • Be able to help in most aspects of assembling a functional solar hot water system.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of traditional hot water systems, types and operation

Unit Overview


    1. Creating a design and overall plan
      Site suitability, sizing, collector siting, rough design (Review finding solar south, Solar Pathfinder, review roof types, sizing a system
      Safety evaluation
      Cost estimation
      Detailed structural investigation and analysis
      Tank location
      Collector location and mount type
      Pipe runs and penetrations planning
      Plan evaluation and revision
    2. Storage - Pump Station - Controller
      Safe handling of extremely heavy objects
      Tank unpacking and positioning
      Pump station and plumbing
      Controller attachment, wiring
      Potable connections
    3. Collectors and Mounts
      Safety precautions for roof work
      Rack assembly
      Rack mounts
      Collector mounts
    4. Pipe runs
    5. Testing and charging
      Pressure testing
    6. Delivery
      Owner training
      Owner manual