Baker Renewable Energy installs Virginia's largest solar hot water system at New River jail

New River jail's solar thermal system will provide 2.5 million gallons of hot water per year
New River jail's solar thermal system will provide 2.5 million gallons of hot water per year

In August 2012, Baker Renewable Energy (Raleigh, North Carolina) has installed a solar thermal system comprising 138 individual solar thermal collectors which is equivalent to a 276 kW photovoltaic (PV) system.  This solar heating system represents the largest solar hot water system in Virginia, Baker Renewable Energy emphasizes.

The solar thermal system will offset about 30% of the jail's natural gas usage, and will provide 2.5 million gallons of hot water per year to the facility.


The New River Valley Regional Jail is a 296,000-square-foot facility located in the Dublin Industrial Park in Dublin. The jail leverages state-of-the-art technology throughout the facility, which has a rated capacity of 1,183 inmates.

Baker Renewable Energy worked in conjunction with Thompson & Litton to design a custom solar heating solution for the jail.

"We had just completed a major renovation and expansion of the original regional jail facility and became aware of a potential funding opportunity through the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and U.S. Department of Energy for renewable energy projects," stated Bill King PE, vice president of Thompson & Litton.

"Thompson & Litton and Jail Authority staff conceived the concept for the project, and with the blessing and support of the authority board, a funding application was submitted and approved. The USD 856,000 project was funded with a USD 410,880 grant from DMME/DOE with the balance of funding coming from the Authority. At the end of the day, this project was completed for approximately USD 800,000, which also included a 15 percent increase in the size of the project as originally bid. It was great to not only finish the project under the original budget, but also to increase the size and effectiveness of the project in the process."

 

 

2012-09-06 | Courtesy: Baker Renewable Energy | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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