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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Edison, New Jersey

Photo of Ambient Solar Thermal CollectorThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a laboratory in Edison, New Jersey that is the site of an alternative energy project. It uses a super ambient solar thermal collector or solar hot water pre-heater for shower facilities in the lab.

Initial investment: $14,448
Payback period: 12 years
Cost savings: $1,237/year
Energy savings: 11,116 kWh/year (at $0.11/kWh)