Birchmere Ventures Market Research Presentation

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This presentation represents a semester long research and analysis project for a local Venture Capital firm named Birchmere Ventures. My group conducted extensive markest research and industry analysis on the current and future use of solar thermal technology.

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  • Savings:The amount of hot water you useYour system's performanceYour geographic location and solar resourceAvailable financing and incentivesThe cost of conventional fuels (natural gas, oil, and electricity)The cost of the fuel you use for your backup water heating system, if you have one.
  • President Obama signed the Stimulus Package offering up $787 billion for solar, wind, smart grid, batteries, hybrid cars and other greentech businesses and initiatives.Energy Economic Stabili­zation Act of 2008The Federal Government extended the solar Investment Tax Credit for eight years.$2,000 cap still applies to hot water and other thermal systems and this amount will come directly off your tax billFannie Mae and the U.S. Department of Energy have special finance programs for some renewable energy systems
  • Birchmere Ventures Market Research Presentation

    1. 1. Solar Thermal Energy<br />Market Maps<br />
    2. 2. Introduction<br />Amber N. Lynch<br />anlynch@katz.pitt.edu<br />Simon Matthiensen<br />smatthiensen@katz.pitt.edu<br />Joseph C. Nachinson<br />jcnachinson@katz.pitt.edu<br />
    3. 3. Project Overview<br /><ul><li> Solar Thermal - Utility Scale Electricity Generation
    4. 4. Solar Thermal Applications
    5. 5. Cost Analysis
    6. 6. Solar Thermal Collectors - Residential
    7. 7. Costs and Savings
    8. 8. Tax and Rebate Incentives
    9. 9. Potential Opportunities
    10. 10. Examples of Companies</li></li></ul><li>Electricity Generation<br />
    11. 11. Electricity Generation<br />
    12. 12. Cost Analysis<br />
    13. 13. Cost Analysis<br />
    14. 14. Solar Thermal Collectors<br />
    15. 15. Costs and Savings<br /><ul><li>Considerations for all systems:
    16. 16. A south-facing roof that gets ample amounts of sunlight between 9 am and 3 pm
    17. 17. Need space for equipment
    18. 18. ICS systems needs to be located by hot water heater
    19. 19. Need adequate room for the panels (awning, on the ground, or on a garage)
    20. 20. Costs:
    21. 21. One time initial upfront cost of the system
    22. 22. Maintenance costs are typically low, more attention needed for Evacuated-tube solar collector
    23. 23. Depends on physical size of house and number of people that live in it
    24. 24. Ex) A family of four will probably require two 4-feet by 10-feet solar collectors and a tank with 70- to 140- gallon capacity.
    25. 25. Savings:
    26. 26. Immediate reductions in monthly utility bills
    27. 27. Substitution for a portion of the power that customers use
    28. 28. Can replace up to 80% of your energy needs for heating
    29. 29. Savings for a family of four
    30. 30. Systems can save up to $300 per year
    31. 31. For a $4500 system, it would be a 15-year payback
    32. 32. Further Savings can be attributed to tax incentives and rebates which can significantly reduce initial costs and significantly increase the savings</li></li></ul><li>Tax and Rebate Incentives<br /><ul><li>Federal Stimulus Package includes more incentives for solar
    33. 33. 30 percent tax credit for home owners buying certain heating and cooling equipment
    34. 34. Grants for offsetting 30 percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system at a home
    35. 35. Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency
    36. 36. Tax credits for existing homes & new construction are available at 30% of the cost, with no upper limit through 2016 (Energy Economic Stabili­zation Act of 2008)
    37. 37. Depends on the state that you reside in
    38. 38. Ex) San Diego, CA, offers a local rebate, larger tax credit
    39. 39. Ex) Florida charges no sales tax on solar systems
    40. 40. Ex) North Carolina and Virginia exempt the additional value of solar systems from property tax.</li></li></ul><li>Inflatable Concentrator<br />www.coolearthsolar.com<br />Cost<br />InflatedStructure<br />at least 15 times less per collected area than any other solar energy systems<br /><ul><li>strong enough to support a person's weight
    41. 41. aerodynamically stable
    42. 42. transparent upper surface protects the PV</li></ul>CoolEarth already raised $21 million in its Series A financing<br />Opportunity for VC Birchmere to get involved at second round of financing<br />
    43. 43. Heliostat<br />www.practicalsolar.com<br />
    44. 44. Organic Solar Concentrator<br />www.covalentsolar.com<br />Applications<br /><ul><li>Enhance solar modules
    45. 45. Constructionintegration
    46. 46. Roof Windows
    47. 47. Skylights
    48. 48. Curtain Walls</li></li></ul><li>Thank You<br />Any Questions?<br />

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