Solar Thermal energy harnesses solar power for thermal energy, heating water. The City of Raleigh has embraced this technology, promoting its use at several Fire Stations and municipal facilities. This not only addresses the City's sustainability goals, it also reduces energy costs. This is one strategy to become a more energy-efficient and resilient City.
Fire Stations with Solar Thermal
Solar thermal hot water heating systems supplement natural gas units at some of the City's Fire Stations. Installed solar collectors on top of the stations' roofs provide hot water for station needs. These solar thermal installations have been an efficient, effective solution to reduce energy consumption.
- Fire Station Number 1, 220 South Dawson Street
- Fire Station Number 6, 2601 Fairview Road
- Fire Station Number 15, 1815 Spring Forest Road
- Fire Station Number 16, 5225 Lead Mine Road
- Fire Station Number 17, 4601 Pleasant Valley Road
Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center
The solar thermal panels at the Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center help offset the facility's hot water needs. They also work symbiotically with the green roof installation, providing shade for plants.
City of Raleigh Municipal Building
In 1985, the City of Raleigh installed a solar thermal system on the roof of the Municipal Building located at 222 West Hargett Street. This system still produces hot water for City government's downtown administration building, proving the technology's efficiency and long life.