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skids Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-05 12:15 PM
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Michigan: cheap solar space heaters (local small scale production.)
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It's not quite the <$20/unit that would be possible with mass production and a simple styrofoam/hardened polycarbon design, but it is good to see someone who isn't gouging for a change. Also a nice mom and pop story and good to see Michigan manufacturing something new.

It's an idea he has been kicking around for 30 years, said Sanborn, who runs a recycling business, Material Management, from an old factory building where renovations are being interwoven with solar-powered designs.

While the panel is exposed to the sun, the temperature of the air entering it can be raised 30 degrees before it flows back out into the room, Sanborn said.

The amount of heat it will generate will depend on factors that include how well the panel is exposed to sunlight, he noted. The price of the solar space heaters begins at less than $80 for the smaller models.

Production started last week at Earth Energy Options in Union City, Sanborn said, to fill orders being taken through Sanborn's Material Management retail store on Mechanic Street and through the manufacturer.

...unfortunately no online website for either business, that I can find.

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