2009-11-12 / Local & State

Solar Thermal Technology Coming To Area

Expo and job fair scheduled for Saturday
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Local residents concerned about rising electric and heating bills may take interest in a newly established corporation being overseen by a Needmore area couple who have high hopes their solar thermal technology will not only save residents money but also bring some jobs to the area.

Owners Ross and Tammy DeShong will be showcasing their newest venture known as “Solar Cowboy Technology” this Saturday in the Giant parking lot just south of McConnellsburg Borough. Sponsored by the Movie Gallery, the Solar Thermal Expo will get under way at 8 a.m. and includes literature, DVDs as well as a 24-tube collector display and demonstration that will give homeowners, farmers and business owners a small taste of how solar thermal power can benefit their everyday lifestyle.

According to Ross DeShong, a solar thermal system can save individuals between 70 and 80 percent in electric bills through the mere heating of water. The system relies on multiple vacuum tubes measuring 4 inches by 7 feet to absorb or capture natural lighting even in the absence of the sun. He noted the system will continue working in the coldest conditions until temperatures reach a negative 31 degrees.

The tubes can be installed in a variety of locations, such as roofs or on the ground, he said, making them very versatile and work in conjunction with a hotwater heater.

The system, DeShong added, has proven itself to be 92 percent efficient as well as 19 percent more efficient than solar electricity and other systems that are currently out on the market. DeShong stated the systems are customizable and as a result there are no size limitations.

A 12-year limited warranty is available on the entire system but does not cover damage due to natural disasters. A seven-year warranty is applied to the water heater. Furthermore, rebates are available on both a state and federal level.

While DeShong touts the benefits of the system as second to none, he is also hoping his newest business venture will benefit the community as a whole. In addition to sharing system information at the Solar Thermal Expo, he will also be taking job applications with hopes of initially employing between 100 and 500 individuals and eventually expanding the operation nationwide. Experience in plumbing, electrical and construction is preferred.

The new corporation, DeShong said, will handle both dealers and installers under its umbrella and someday include a local manufacturing plant that will focus on the mobilization of needed equipment and trailers.

Individuals unable to attend the November 14 expo but wanting additional information on the Solar Cowboy Technology Corp. can contact DeShong at 717-504- 2408 or via e-mail at deshongscb@ yahoo.com.

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