The Erie Community Center thermal solar system was provided through a generous grant from EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. in the amount of $250,000. The system consists of 70 4'x10' roof-mounted hydronic solar collectors. The collectors pre-heat the water before it reaches the gas-fired water heaters.
This keeps the water heaters from firing when the water temperatures are satisfied by the solar collectors, thus saving on natural gas consumption and minimizing carbon emissions from the Center. The solar system produces approximately 928 MBtu of solar energy, and saves approximately 60 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.