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Solar GeoThermal Water Storage Tank- SolarStor 80 gallon SE - Electric Back Up


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SolarStor SE-80

Solar Contender SSC-80SE

Solar or Geo Thermal glass lined tank for pre-heat with electric 4.5Kw element.  UL and CSA certified. 6 year warranty. 80 gallons.

Solar Water Tanks


Solar water tanks are used in solar hot water systems to act as buffer energy storage.  When the sun is shining, the water will be heated in the storage tank for later use, most commonly in the evening. Most solar water tanks contain a heat exchanger to seperate the potable water from the solar heating solution (Water/Glycol), and have a great insulation value that can retain the heat for days. They are also popular in Geothermal systems for those with Desuperheater, where by the excess waste compressor heat is transferred to the hot water tank to use in the home.


  • Back Up 4.5 Kw Heating Element
  • 2" thick foam insulation


When sizing a hot water storage tank you need to consider two important variables. First, how much draw is used per person in the house? An average household will consume 20-30 gallons per person. This includes shower & bath water, dishes, and laundry. So a family of two will normally require a 40 gallon storage tank at a minimum. Secondly, for each gallon of hot water you need the same number of square feet of collector area.It is very important that you do not exceed this number or you will find that in peak summer months your solar system may reach extreme temperature.  It is better to have a system that is under powered than over powered. Our TZ58/1800-30R solar evacuated tubes have a gross area of 40 ft2, so for each collector you will need minimum 40 gallons of storage.


Usage Chart

Pre-Heat Tank

Combo Elecrtic Tank


solar pre heat tank electric solar water tank  

Pre Heat only with 2nd existing Heater

Replaces existing tank with combo solar/elect



solar pre heat tankThe 1st and most common tank system is a Solar pre-heat tank. This type of solar heating system is used in homes with an existing water heater (electric, oil, gas, tank-less). The pre-heat tank stores the solar heated hot water which is then drawn into the main tank when the hot water faucets are opened. This type of system directly transfers the energy from the solar loop to the potable water using two side ports on the tank.   In this way ground or main line water of approx 35° F can be preheated to say 120° F+ degrees before entering the primary heating tank. If the heating tank is set to 130 degrees it only needs to raise the water 10 degrees instead of the 95 degrees it would have otherwise had to with out the solar pre heat tank.


electric solar water tank
The SolarStor 50 SE tanks can be used as either a solar pre heat tank or as a combo tank with solar and Electric. The combo tank contains two open ports on the bottom and top of the tank and also contains one middle element. The solar hot water is circulated through the solar loop transfering its energy to the potable water. The mid element will then add to, and top up, the tanks temperature to the desired setting. This type of system is great for new homes or replacement tanks.  It is important to note that very few solar tanks found in North America meet UL or CSA certification as a combo tank, as such most European or Asian manufactured solar tanks can not be used with potable (drinking water). Northern Lights Solar Solutions tanks are 100% UL & CSA listed and can be used in any solar application in US or Canada.


Return Policy

We want you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase, if you are not, ship it back to us in the original packaging condition and we will refund your purchase less a 10% restocking fee, provided the equipment is received in good condition. Refund offer valid for 30 days from receipt of product.


We feel that being honest is a much better policy to win your trust rather than trying to lure you with nearly impossible statements such as lifetime warranty. Nothing lasts forever! Our warranty policy is simple; we offer a 3 year warranty on everything we sell and 10 years on our collectors. With this warranty you will get NO hassle next business day replacement (if shipping service and inventory permits). However, as a valued customer you will get technical support through the lifetime ownership of your product. Our Collector do carry longer warranties 10 years from the manufacture. The warranty cover failures that occur during normal operational conditions or manufactures defects. It does not cover failure due to inappropriate operation such as freezing or over heat. Damage caused by vandalism, storms, floods etc. Your houshold insurance should be modified to cover the system from such situations.

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For complete solar kits please allow 2-3 weeks delivery. These kits are shipped via our preferred freight forwarder company and where possible we will schedule residential tailgate delivery (curbside). Heaters and accessories are usually in stock unless indicated otherwise. We do have expedited shipping services available for an additional fee. Please call us if you need a rush order. Once your order has been shipped you will be contacted via email and a tracking number will be provided.


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  • Model: N-273
  • Shipping Weight: 300lbs
  • 2 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Bock

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 13 August, 2014.

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