Heating Water with Solar Energy Costs Less at the Phoenix Federal Correctional Institution

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    A large solar thermal system installed at the Phoenix Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in 1998 heats water for the prison and costs less than buying electricity to heat that water. This renewable energy system provides 70% of the facility's annual hot water needs. The Federal Bureau of Prisons did not incur the up-front cost of this system because it was financed through an Energy SavingsPerformance Contract (ESPC). The ESPC payments are 10% less than the energy savings so that the prison saves an average of $6,700 per year, providing an immediate payback. The solar hot water system produces up to 50,000 gallons of hot water daily, enough to meet the needs of 1,250 inmates and staff who use the kitchen, shower, and laundry facilities. ; ; This publication details specificationsof the parabolic trough solar system and highlights 5 years of measured performance data.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages4
    StatePublished - 2004

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/BR-710-33211

    Other Report Number

    • DOE/GO-102004-1914


    • FEMP
    • measured performance data
    • parabolic trough
    • Phoenix Federal Correctional Institution (FCI)
    • Phoenix Federal Correctional Institution (FCI)
    • solar thermal systems


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