Commercial Case Study: Wheaton College – Norton, MA



System Type: Solar Thermal Domestic Hot Water & Pool Heating
Installed: July 2017
Building Use: Athletic Facility
Design Build Contractor: Renewable Energy Systems, LLC

Wheaton College’s athletic pool is 81 ° with Solar Hot Water

The Wheaton College solar hot water system features 1,248 square feet of SunEarth flat plate collectors on the roof of the Haas Athletic Building. The collectors deliver heat for the swimming pool and the hot water needs throughout the building, including the locker rooms. With a $87,410 rebate from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Wheaton College hired Renewable Energy Systems, LLC of Cohasset, MA to design and install the system, which was completed in August 2017. The system is projected to save over 3,900 therms per year, or approximately 40% of the facility’s demand for water-heating, while keeping swimmers comfortable and student-athletes freshly showered for their next class.

System Requirements

1. System must serve a year-round domestic hot water or process heat load.

2. Solar collectors must be certified to the OG-100 or OG-300 standard by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC).

3. Property must be located in the electric service territory of Eversource, National Grid, Unitil, Ashburnham MELP, Holden MLD, Holyoke Gas & Electric, Russell MLD, or Templeton Municipal Light.


RES Solar created a Wheaton College ‘Commitment to Sustainability’
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