Solar Water Heaters, Clear Energy

Solar Water Heaters, Clear Energy

Water heaters is another important area in Guatemala where one can bring clear energy and help the environment and the economy. That is because most water heaters are electric in Guatemala; either electric shower heads (the most) or inline electric heaters. Either way, water heaters probably consumed the most electricity of all the electro-domestic appliances. The worst part is that Guatemala produces its electricity through fossil fuels like bunker, coal (carbon) and diesel. I say the worst part because Guatemala has tremendous amounts of natural resources to produce cleaner electricity.

So Alejandro del Valle has partnered Biopersa with Kioto to distribute solar water heaters like the one shown in the picture above. Solar water heaters work especially well in Guatemala because of the sun light we received year round, even in the rainy season.

Let’s hope more people and businesses begin replacing their electric heaters with solar water heaters. If you had the choice and enough sun light through out the year, would you install a solar water heater?

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  • Eric

    To answer your question, I sure would!
    Another simple yet amazing idea. Nice job documenting this, Rudy. Now if I can just find a cousin of the Rudy-movil, and drop an electric motor in it…Hmmmm…. 🙂

  • I would love to know more about the solar water heaters. Where can you find them and who does the installation? Very interesting, especially since electricity prices are so high. It’s a great idea!

    • @Suzanne, follow the link to Biopersa to get in contact with them and ask all the details. Good luck!

  • Representa una opción, lo convencional representa un gasto de electricidad grande para una familia númerosa.

  • Diane

    Oh, Rudy, this is just too cool! How incredibly thought-provoking. My parents and brother went hot on demand, but this may be a great idea to re-use the Widow’s Walk on my Victorian Queen Anne! Gracias por el idea!

  • Benjamin Barnett

    Well, I don’t feel obligated to feel guilty about every bit of fossil fuel I use, but if I could afford whatever the cost was for this, I would most likely use it.

  • Saw one of these on the roof of a house in Zona 16 in the capital today.

  • Cristina

    I will definitely install one of these when I build my house. I read somewhere that there’s only 40 days a year that are cloudy (all day) in Guatemala, even taking into account our rainy season. The solar panels blend in with the colonial “tejas”, and you just put the tank somwhere inside the house. Love this idea!!

  • Cynthia

    Thank you for sharing this. I live in a very sunny place in the USA and am frustrated there are not more solar panels on homes here. I have installed them on my house. Next is water harvesting, and then solar hot water. It is good to see green efforts in Guatemala.

  • Brian Wozniak

    I read a really interesting article about biogas, here: http://www.michaelyon-online.com/gobar-gas-ii.htm. I recall hearing that some of the Mayan people have to spend large amounts of time looking for wood and also don’t have large amounts of fertilizer available for their milpas. I was wondering if you’ve heard/seen anything like this in Guatemala.

  • Claudia

    ABSOLUTELY! I think it is great that it is becoming more and more mainstream and acceptable to live in a more ‘green’ way.

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