Solar Air Heating Systems To Be Launched

Award-Winning Solar Air Heating Systems to be Launched

An award-winning range of solar air heating systems are to be publicly launched as the latest addition to the highly successful Farming the Sun initiative ~ the renewable and sustainable energy stream of the New England Sustainability Strategy (NESS).

“Solar air heating is a very innovative and sustainable way to provide warmth for homes, offices and buildings,” said Adam Blakester, NESS Convenor. “It is especially crucial for the sustainability of the New England as we are Australia's only city-region in high country.”

NESS will partner with SolaMate to provide their solar air heating system which has won on the ABC New Inventors and an HIA GreenSmart award. SolaMate's selection as the partner of choice followed extensive research of available heating technologies and competitive expressions of interest. The SolaMate solar air heating system proven technology that can also be easily retrofitted to existing homes and buildings.

“SolaMate is very excited to have been selected as the solar air heating partner and provide systems for the New England community,” said Dave Kennedy, SolaMate Co-Founder. “An extremely good value for money package is being offered at wholesale prices that are well below normal retail. Further incentives are available for ten sites willing to work with us to measure how well the systems work in the cool conditions of Australia's High Country.”

Solar air heating is an innovative and simple technology. Air is heated by the sun as it passes through a triple glazed panel, and then filtered for air quality. The only power usage is a low wattage fan to drive the circulation, giving heat for the same cost as running a light bulb!

“NESS has prioritised solar heating as the next extension to Farming the Sun due to its potential to play a significant and positive role in addressing the wood smoke public health issues too,” continued Blakester. “We will be working closely with Armidale Dumaresq Council to especially complement their new Sustainable Domestic Energy Use and Local Air Quality Policy.”

Farming the Sun is the renewable and sustainable energy stream of the New England Sustainability Strategy. It has contributed to the 1~2% uptake of solar technology by the New England community have gone solar in the last 2 years alone, some $4m+ in green business. The solar heating addition builds upon the continuing massive savings for solar hot water, solar power and Home Sustainability Assessments.

The public launch of the Solar Heating Initiative will be at 11am for 11.30am start at Armidale Dumaresq Council Chambers & Committee Room, Friday 30 July 2010.

For more details contact Liz Gardiner on 6778-7249 or go to

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