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Affordable solar heating and air cooling systems hit market

New program combines solar with efficient furnace/AC systems. It will save homeowners money and reduce carbon emissions.
New program combines solar with efficient furnace/AC systems. It will save homeowners money and reduce carbon emissions.
Photo: Jerry Henkel/Las Vegas Review Journal

Two companies are collaborating to make sustainable and efficient heating and cooling systems affordable to homeowners. On Monday, Carrier, a firm founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning and SolarCity, a publicly-traded solar energy provider announced a new program to provide customers an option to lower their monthly energy costs. This will be done by powering their heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems with solar electricity.

The new program, beginning today, will make the switch to a more sustainable HVAC system affordable because customers will use solar power combined with a new, more efficient HVAC system to help offset the costs. Consumers can buy a new highly efficient furnace/AC system, which uses less electricity than older units and combine it with solar energy so the monthly cost is significantly less than the homeowner pays now.

As an incentive, customers can benefit from a special offer from the two companies beginning today. Homeowners can receive a $1,000 rebate on Carrier equipment from certified Carrier dealers by going solar with SolarCity. The rebate can be applied to furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, packaged units, ductless systems or entire system upgrades, upon operation of the homeowner’s SolarCity system.

The electricity required to operate a home’s heating and air conditioning system makes up a large part of the customer’s monthly utility bill. Power plants that generate electricity are the largest single contributor to carbon emissions, which are the main cause of climate change. Much of the electricity generated by power plants is used to run HVAC systems. So everything a consumer does to reduce that demand is a direct benefit to the environment and reduction of greenhouse gasses.

This collaboration offers consumers an opportunity to switch to more efficient HVAC systems. In some localities, the local utility company may offer additional incentives to switch to more efficient HVAC systems. However, the Carrier/SolarCity program adds an additional benefit. The electricity used to run the more-efficient system will be generated by a solar system, not a fossil-fueled power plant.

Carrier is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. It is a leader in new energy-efficient technologies and controls for residential and commercial customers.

SolarCity® (NASDAQ: SCTY) is chaired by Elon Musk, who is also behind SpaceX, PayPal and Tesla Motors. It provides renewable electricity directly to homeowners, businesses and government organizations The company offers solar power, energy efficiency and electric vehicle services. Last week, it opened its largest office in Nevada. For information about the availability of this program in your area, visit

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