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Getting to Andros Island, The Bahamas is very easy!
We may be slightly off the beaten path, but that's a big
part of our appeal. Even though we're not in the center of a big tourist hub (thankfully!) we're really quite accessible.
(more info on getting to Andros)
At Small Hope Bay Lodge, we care about our staff and our guests as family and are committed to the local Andros community. We believe that as part of this commitment to our guests and community, it is our responsibility to minimize our environmental impacts. Electricity on Andros is produced using diesel generators which release significant amounts of pollution. Small Hope is doing its part to decrease our dependence on diesel energy by creating this solar hot water system. It is our desire that this vision will spread to the community and help our island nation move away from costly diesel power. Our system was created specifically to provide reliable fast response hot water to our guests and to be resistant to the hard salt water of the area.
Solar hot water systems are a good way to save money and help the environment. Although the initial cost to install a solar domestic hot water system can be high, they pay for themselves by running on a free fuel, the sun! For a commercial resort like Small Hope Bay Lodge, the generation of hot water can account for up to half of the total energy usage, almost 100,000 kWh of electricity per year. It is also the right choice for the community and the environment because renewable energy like solar power is pollution free. Using solar hot water here on Andros means displacing the energy that would otherwise be generated using diesel fuel. Fossil fuels like diesel release pollutants such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, dioxins and sulfur into our air. These pollutants contribute to global climate change, create smog and cause a range of health problems.
The solar hot water system starts at the solar collectors (gray square). The heated water enters loop B and is sent out through the pex tubing (red line) to the 6 zones, shown by the light blue squares. The direction of the water flow is shown by the black arrows. The pex will deliver hot water to each of the end destination after passing through the backup propane Rheem heater, symbolized by the red and orange hexagons. The pex tubing is run through pvc (thick blue line) to give it added protection.