HTP's New Mount Hardware Attachment Kit

Posted by HTP on Nov 30, 2016 4:00:00 PM

 Have you ever had your back up against a wall - or your collectors back up against a wall and nowhere to place your legs?  Now your problem has been solved by HTP's new 2/3 Mount Hardware attachment kit.  

The 2/3 mount hardware kit allows the rear strut legs to attach to the side frame rail of the collector instead of the top position as is the case when using our 86009-692 MT- mounting kit. 

This kit can be used anytime, but if primarily for situations where the base dimension (distance between front to rear foot) needs to be compressed. Normally the base dimension is the same as the length of the collector, so the base dimension of a 10 foot collector is 122 inches when using our MT- hardware, but that same base dimension can be reduced to 81 inches when utilizing the 2/3 kit.

Check out all of HTP's 5 solar collector mounting hardware options here in the expanding solar section of our website!


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Topics: Solar Water Heating, About HTP

With a mismatched system, you pay to work out all the kinks

Posted by Rod Hyatt on Apr 17, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Note: This system features a mismatched boiler,
solar pump station, DHW storage tanks — and
lots of controls trying to make something work.
I know that these days we’re all trying to save our nickels. We’re looking for deals, sales, and great finds anywhere we can. People designing solar thermal systems aren’t exempt from this. Here and there you'll find a good deal on a set of unmatched collectors or a really great price on a used boiler, but the result is a mismatched system that is almost always guaranteed to work sluggishly (if at all).

It seems I’m spending a good amount of time lately trying to talk homeowners and installers out of these hodge-podge designs.

Recently, for instance, an installer sent me a drawing that featured a Bosch Water Heater, as well as a Bock tank, Caleffi controllers and a HTP stainless tank with both gas and electric heating.

In other cases, I’ve taken two dozen calls since 2013 from a homeowner who was promised by a solar dealer that a new solar system would reduce her propane bills. After the outdated 1970s-era design failed, the installer continued to add boilers and other parts to try to fix it — charging the homeowner each time. The new solar system actually produced utility bills higher than those using the homeowner’s old, inefficient boiler.

The main lesson here - you can’t determine the efficiency of a mismatched system.

When I started designing solar thermal systems back in the early ‘90s, all we had available were parts from different suppliers that had to be used together. I often found hidden conflicts with heaters and tanks that would not respond correctly, or the controls were so complicated it was difficult to get one sequence to initiate after another.

You simply can’t predict if these systems, designed to be built only once, will work. There is no backlog testing and its performance history has never been measured. These are all unknowns until you actually build one, test and measure, changing what didn’t work — until it performs adequately.

Some manufacturers have begun to provide whole systems in which all components work together. At HTP, its innovative owner and I have spent years developing integrated solar heating systems designed — and proven — to work seamlessly. 

But there are still plenty of manufacturers who don’t have the capability to expand around a whole system because they don’t make the whole system. I am contacted regularly, for instance, by companies wanting to sell their collectors. That’s all they make — the easy stuff.

More important than the sales price of individual components is the long-term return on investment of the whole system. You can save yourself countless hours and endless frustration by installing systems in which all components are happy to work together.

Have questions about an upcoming solar project? Contact me, I'll be happy to help.

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Topics: Solar Water Heating

Solar Residential Applications

Posted by HTP on Mar 27, 2015 10:00:00 AM


Usage statistics for a family of four:

- Uses 80 gallons of hot water per day

- Uses 5,000 kWh annually to heat water with electricity

- Uses 250 therms of natural gas annually to heat their water with a common tank type water heater

- Uses 265 gallons of L.P. gas annually to heat their water with a common tank type water heater

- A typical solar system for a family of 4 includes (2) 4’ x 8’ collectors and an 80 gallon solar tank.

- A solar system for a family of 4 can displace as much Co2 as a car that is driven 12,000 miles per year.

Incentives and rebates are available for solar thermal! Discover more of our solar tanks to decide which one is best for you. For solar questions, contact Rod Hyatt, Product Manager for Solar. 

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Topics: Solar Water Heating

11 Benefits of Solar Heating

Posted by HTP on Mar 18, 2015 10:00:00 AM



  1. Solar thermal collectors can be used to produce domestic hot water for both residential and commercial needs.
  2. Solar thermal collectors are 30% – 70% efficient in converting the sun’s energy into usable heat vs. solar electric or P.V. panels which are 10% – 15% efficient in converting the sun’s energy into usable electricity.
  3. Solar thermal water heaters are capable of providing up to 70% or more of annual hot water used.
  4. Solar Skies' thermal collectors produce approximately 1,000 BTUS per sq. ft. per day. One Solar Skies SS-40 Series solar thermal collector can produce 40,000 BTUS’ daily.
  5. 1 sq. ft. of solar thermal collector can produce up to 1 1/2 gallons of hot water per day. So a 4’ x 10’ (Solar Skies SS-40) solar thermal collector can produce 40  – 60 gallons of 120° water per day in MN.
  6. Solar thermal collectors must face south. Within 30° East or West of due South is acceptable.
  7. Solar thermal collectors should be tilted equal to the latitude of the location they are installed in for best year-round performance.
  8. Solar thermal collectors can be mounted on a roof, a building’s side wall, or on the ground away from the building.
  9. Snow or morning frost will accumulate on the collector but will melt off as soon as the sun comes out.
  10. The tempered glass used to manufacture the Solar Skies Collectors are not as fragile as they might seem. It has been tested and SRCC approved for 350 PSI.
  11. The life span of a solar thermal collector is 30+ years with minimal to no maintenance.

For more information on solar heating, visit our website!

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Topics: Solar Water Heating

Why Choose Solar?

Posted by HTP on Feb 20, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Obtain freedom from high fuel costs while protecting the environment with solar options from HTP!


  1. You Care -  Each solar panel eliminates tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.  It would take the planting of 40 trees per year to recoup that much CO2. Collecting and using solar energy reduces fuel consumption, be it electricity or natural gas (15,000 cubic feet of natural gas or 4,000 BTU per day for each solar panel) *Consult local utility rates for your area.
  2. Solar Heating Pays Off - Choosing Solar saves you money by cutting your electricty of gas use
  3. Rebates lower the costs - There are numerous incentives to help lower of the cost of solar. Federal Tax Incentives, State rebates and incentives, utility rebates and incentives and even local city or Municipality Rebates and Incentives.

Here are some helpful links to help you find solar rebates:

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Topics: Solar Water Heating

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