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Austrian Solar Energy for American High School

Eight of the biggest solar process cooling systems in the world come from Austria.

The Austrian company SOLID has built eight of the 20 biggest solar process cooling systems in the world. Three other large systems of this type are currently in progress. The biggest system in the world is at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, which includes more than 4800 square meters of collector area. Statistics show that the sun shines for 312 days a year in Scottsdale, and the temperature soars to 46 degrees. "Without cooling, we simply could not teach," says the Principal.

The system does not belong to the school, but rather to the Austrian company SOLID, which also has an operating contract for 20 years. "We do the brain work in Austria and monitor how our systems are working online," explains Christian Holter, owner of SOLID. Installation is carried out by companies on location.

In June 2015, SOLID opened an office in California in cooperation with the Austrian Foreign Trade Center in Los Angeles. The objective is to bring Austrian expertise in the area of large solar thermal systems to the Californian market.