FAQ

How much does a SolarBeam Concentrator cost?

SolarBeam has the shortest payback with between 3 to 8 years and that’s not counting any government rebates! Since savings is based on location, number of systems and hours of operation, each project will have a different payback.

How long does it take to setup a SolarBeam Concentrator System?

The installation of the SolarBeam is very easy. An 8 foot (2.4 m) post is installed into the ground, the drum is put on top of the post. The reflective petals are then installed along with the focal point. From the time the SolarBeam kit arrives, its a 2-3 day installation.

What is the lead time for a SolarBeam Concentrator?

Delivery time is 4-6 weeks. Please send us an email or call us if you are interested in purchasing the SolarBeam.

How long does it take for the water temperature to rise to 90 degrees (194F)?

Since the SolarBeam uses a patent-pending tracking system, it can follow the sun throughout the whole day. So, it will take 3 hours to heat to a 228 liter hot water tank from 12 degrees to 90 degrees.

Is there a down payment for the SolarBeam?

Yes there is a down payment when you order the SolarBeam. Once we have evaluated the number of SolarBeam’s required for your application. A down payment of 30% is required, before the SolarBeam is built. Full payment is needed when the SolarBeam is shipped to your location. You can make payment to SNES. At this time, only a cheque or cash will be accepted, no credit cards.

Is the SolarBeam dangerous?

The SolarBeam does not use glass or any toxic materials. It is placed on a 8 foot (2.4 m) tall post and is not within reach of people or animals. If you would like to service the SolarBeam, just click the “off” button in the control panel, and the SolarBeam will go to sleep mode.

How Big is the SolarBeam?

The SolarBeam is placed on an 8 foot (2.4 m) tall post and the reflective dish is 15 feet wide (4.5 m)

How much does the SolarBeam Concentrator weigh?

With the post and the reflective petals, the SolarBeam weighs approximately 500 pounds. When the SolarBeam is installed on roof tops, it will weigh 25% less.

What is the warranty?

The warranty for the structure is 10 years, the reflective surface is 10 years and the drive train is 3 years. Additional warranty can be purchased for $300 per year.

Does the SolarBeam have an electrical safety certification?

Yes it does. The SolarBeam has URTL/CSA equivalant certification. By March 2011, we will have our SRCC certification also.

What kind of site is needed for the SolarBeam Concentrator?

Ideally the SolarBeam should be installed 20 feet (6 meters) from the building or house. It should be installed facing south and should not have any trees that will cause shade on the SolarBeam.

How much money can I save?

If the area where you live has 7 hours of sunshine a day, the SolarBeam will produce 10kW of solar energy per hour (peak is 13kW). 7 hours of sunshine a day x 365 days, that amounts to 70 kW per day of free energy.