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$60,000 heater for home

Torika Tokalau
Saturday, September 29, 2012

THE children of Saint Christopher's Home will have something to smile about when their new solar hot water heater gets installed today from the Armidale group from New South Wales, Australia.

The solar hot water heater, which was invented by Australian developer Rob Taber two years ago, will be used commercially for the first time ever at the home.

"There are only three prototypes currently being used in Australia, it has not been released in the Australian market yet," Mr Taber said.

The solar hot water heater, the first of its kind works by the use of regular photovoltaic into normal hot water system. It uses a different convectional heat which heats up the water tanks. It is estimated to cost over $60,000.

Mr Taber's daughter had travelled with the Armidale group last year and saw the need for a hot water system in St Christopher's. She approached her father who offered to donate and install the solar hot water.

"It's a joy to give to the home. We have been making annual trips to Saint Christopher's for over 15 years and this trip is mainly used as an opportunity for our children to experience the world. But we come here and instead of giving something to them, we go back with so much love that they give to us," Chris Spencer, Armidale group leader said.


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