Jeff “Solar Jeff” Smith has been one of the pioneers of small scale solar projects on St. John, and his latest effort is solar-assisted air conditioning.
It is not solar “powered” air conditioning, but rather a system by which solar thermal energy helps the air conditioning unit operate more efficiently. And after two experimental installations – one residential and one commercial – Jeff’s convinced it’s worth the money.
So Jeff is now the official VI dealer for Sedna Aire products.
“Partially at my own cost, I undertook two apples-to-apples model systems, removing conventional systems and replacing them with Sedna Aire VI solar-assisted systems to verify the savings claims of the company,” says Jeff. “In the case of the residential system (a customer he says likes his thermostat set on “stun”) the WAPA savings exceeded the claims, and in the case of Sam & Jack’s, the equipment significantly lowered the temperature of what is basically a working kitchen for the same monthly WAPA cost.”
Jeff says the cost of the equipment is about 15 to 20 percent more but he says he’s confident it will cut AC costs in half.
“My typical summer bill was $1,500 to $2,200,” says homeowner Jerry O’Connell. “My first two WAPA bills since installation for August and September have been $1,100 and $880.”
Here’s Jeff’s Sedna Aire dealer Website. And here’s a video that sort of explains it.