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Solar Hot water systems #392814
11/15/10 12:55 PM
11/15/10 12:55 PM
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blueeyeddragon Offline OP
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Does anyone use a Solar hot water system? Planning on building one for our house (have some expensive electric water heaters at the moment).

Just wandering of there were some standard designs that worked well on the island. ie made use of local sourced materials etc

Re: Solar Hot water systems [Re: blueeyeddragon] #392821
11/15/10 02:45 PM
11/15/10 02:45 PM
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new haven, ct,usa
ron Offline
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I sent one down from the states. It works well but isn't local. You can just mount a black water cistern on your roof pump water up and that will work. Feed the system via gravity. Many Belizeans use that so a local could easily make one for you. Mine has an 80 gallon storage tank uses a solar powered pump to continually circulate the water.

Re: Solar Hot water systems [Re: ron] #415579
09/06/11 10:36 AM
09/06/11 10:36 AM
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Sarita Writes Offline
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I am curious, what company did you use to buy your solar hot water heater?

Thank you,

Re: Solar Hot water systems [Re: blueeyeddragon] #463939
05/09/13 08:57 AM
05/09/13 08:57 AM
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Nate Offline
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Expensive "solar water heaters" are for people that live at 47 deg. latitude not 17degs. Plumb a small grid of CPVC pipe on your roof. Paint it with black roof tar or such. Voila! Scalding hot water.

Re: Solar Hot water systems [Re: blueeyeddragon] #464610
05/18/13 07:22 AM
05/18/13 07:22 AM
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San Pedro AC Belize
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We're currently sourcing one from a company in Chetumal.
Base price for a smallish one - $260 US for 80 litres, gravity feed. Quoted a bit higher price for ones with larger capacity that work with pressure-tank/pump systems.

Re: Solar Hot water systems [Re: blueeyeddragon] #465880
06/04/13 01:36 PM
06/04/13 01:36 PM
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Posts: 6,177
San Pedro AC Belize
Diane Campbell Offline
Diane Campbell  Offline
Update on the Solar hot water system.
We'll be getting one in a week or so.
155 Litres, works with pressure tank rather than an elevated rotoplast.
Have been quoted about $1,000 US exclusive of installation.
Will let you know how it works for us (and how much we save on BEL bills).

We are having good luck working with Yves Aboud of Groupo Lumiere in Chetumal for these products.

Yves speaks and writes English and travels fairly often to San Pedro.
If you want an introduction or to have contact info, PM me.

Re: Solar Hot water systems [Re: blueeyeddragon] #513706
05/12/16 01:40 PM
05/12/16 01:40 PM
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GreenSun Offline
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short intro - my name is Tom and for a couple of years i was the GM at an island resort. electricity comes expensive on an island (generators) so we heated up water using Chromagen (an Israeli manufacturer) solar hot water systems to heat up water (even on lat 17 guest and staff alike appreciated a hot shower after a long day). the savings were immense, the guests loved it and it helped us get our green globe eco resort listing. anyway - being from Israel myself (where solar water heating is mandatory) i have had ample time to appreciate the numerous advantages of these systems. so.. we are importing them to Belize now. anyone interested in more info is welcome to contact me at
of course, cost is a big part of the equation for domestic installations. if you want available hot water, that is generated by solar energy, swh are the most efficient solution by far. they aren't as cheap as the alternative suicide shower heads or on demand heaters, but a good solar hot water system will give you 15years or more of solid performance, and no cost after initial installation. they run between 1k-1.5k US$ to buy and install, and come in sizes ranging from 40-80 gallon tank capacity.
love to answer questions, or help out anyone deliberating what he needs.
happy days and happy showers

Tom Sagee
Placencia, Belize
Re: Solar Hot water systems [Re: blueeyeddragon] #531692
08/06/18 06:26 AM
08/06/18 06:26 AM
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gunjan Offline
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solar water heater is good choice because it is energy conservative but there are many other tankless " water heaters which consumes less electricity and easily affordable.

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