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Dacor Discovery Side-by-Side Refrigerator  
LG Smart InstaView Refrigerator  
Whirlpool Zera Food Recycler  
Liebherr CBS 1360 Refrigerator/Freezer  
Thermador Freedom Induction Cooktop

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Moen U by Moen Shower System  
Alpha Bidet JX Toilet Seat 

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ecobee3 Lite Wi-Fi thermostat  
Enphase IQ Microinverter System  
Panasonic Intelli-Balance 100 ERV  
Lennox SunSource Solar-Powered System 
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Caesarstone TRANSFORM Surface Overlay
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Bosch Greentherm 9000 Series Tankless Water Heater  
Rheem Prestige Series Hybrid Electric Water Heater 
Trane 4MXW38 Ductless Indoor High Wall unit  
Noritz Combination Boiler  
MagVent MV-90 Dryer Vent Coupling  
FAFCO CoolPV Solar Energy System  
Embue Sensor 

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American Aldes Pax Norte smart fan  
Broan InVent Series Humidity Sensing Fans  
Pentair Everpure H-300-NXT Filtration System  
Sherwin-Williams Harmony Interior Latex Paint  
Velux Solar-Powered No Leak ‘Fresh Air’ Skylight 

Insulation, Air Sealing and Leak Prevention

Flir Exx-Series Thermal Imaging Camera  
Fortifiber WeatherSmart Drainable Housewrap
Huber Engineered Woods ZIP System R-Sheathing  
LP FlameBlock Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing 

Lighting Fixtures, Controls and Sensors

Sengled Element Smart Light Bulb
Kichler Low-Profile LED Downlight
Eaton Halo Surface Mount LED Downlight 

Roofing, Siding and Decking

Fiberon Composite Cladding 
DaVinci Bellaforte Slate Roofing
MoistureShield Infuse Decking
Green Span Profiles RidgeLine Metal Roofing Panel 
Boral TruExterior Bevel Siding  
DuPont Tyvek Protec 200  
Trex Signature Railing 

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Allegion Schlage LE Wireless Mortise Lock
Amazon Echo Dot  
NuBryte Touchpoint  
Vivint Smart Home Sky smart home assistant 

Structural Systems, Materials and Landscaping

Belgard Aqualine Permeable Pavers  
Weyerhaeuser Trus Joist I-Joists with Flak Jacket
Quikrete Polymer Modified Structural Repair 

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Jeld-Wen EpicVue Windows and Patio Doors  
Marvin Integrity Wood-Ultrex Impact Outswing French Door 

Eco-Friendly Products Selected by Green Builder's Editors

Lennox SunSource Solar-Powered System

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Apr 14, 2017 3:19:41 PM

Lennox SunSource

There are a lot of tantalizing possibilities in solar-powered heat pump technology becoming a primary heating and cooling method. Lennox is jumping on this concept, offering a turnkey system that takes some of the guesswork out of early adoption.

The SunSource Solar-Powered System relies on roof-mounted solar modules to harness sustainable solar energy to run heating and cooling as needed. Other times, the energy goes to other devices, such as lighting and appliances.

The system is best designed for use with a high-efficiency air conditioner or heat pump from the Dave Lennox Signature Collection. SunSource units come solar-ready, which means an owner can add solar modules to create a solar energy system as soon as they want one. Owners can start with as few as two modules, then gradually work up to as many as 15 per unit as needs change.

That decision could be a bit easier thanks to an included communications module, which enables homeowners to monitor energy production and environmental benefits online in real time. The module tracks current power status and energy level, along with totals for the month and year to date.

Being a grid-tied photovoltaic system, SunSource still needs utility-provided electricity whenever the unit is not functioning, such as at night. That said, if SunSource generates more electricity than is needed—and if the owner lives in a locale with net metering and where utilities buy excess power—there could be a financial bonus with this system.

Topics: solar, heat pump, Hot 50 Energy Production, Storage and Control, 2017 Hot 50 Product