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Sun Bandit Celebrates Second Anniversary of Setting New Standards for Solar Water Heating

Sun BanditIt's been two years since the innovators at Next Generation Energy turned the 120-year-old convention of high-maintenance solar water heating on its ear by announcing the worlds first ICC-SRCC OG-100 solar thermal certification to include solar photovoltaics (PV): Sun Bandit. 

Since that time, Sun Bandit continues to inspire innovation across the globe, forging a series of firsts that have changed the way solar energy is captured, stored and used to heat water.  Among the field-tested safety and quality control standards that have succeeded Sun Bandit’s OG-100 collector certification are OG-300 certification, Energy Star listing and the coveted UL listing in both the US and Canada.

This patented pedigree has given savvy builders, contractors, financing professionals and property owners the confidence they need to embrace Sun Bandit’s unique solution set, providing their clients with a safer, leading-edge solution that delivers lower maintenance, higher performing solar water heating -- and energy storage. Adding snap to the sizzle is Sun Bandit’s off-grid efficiencies earning a perfect “10” in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s EnergyRight eScore program.

Sun Bandit’s OG-100 certification represented a paradigm shift in the way solar energy is captured, stored and used to heat water. And while the solar water heating industry has for decades lamented the perception and reality of pump-driven solar water heating solutions as clunky, high-maintenance and unattractive, it had understandably been reticent to change to this new PV-powered convention without trusted proof of performance.


“We’re upending a 120 year old convention with Sun Bandit and transforming an industry with the potential to positively impact people around the world,” said Next Generation Energy Marketing and Business Development Director Bill Beedon. “Certification inspires the confidence savvy distributors and installers need to dump the pump. And we’re celebrating with new, simplified product configurations that are helping us grow our builder and domestic dealer networks in diverse on- and off-grid locations like Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Florida, New York, Indiana and North Carolina.”

Sun Bandit defies conventional solar water heating wisdom by delivering a palatable menu of “nos” to industry issues that have inhibited wider-spread adoption of solar water heating for decades. 

Sun Bandit’s patented systems require no fluids, no pumps, no need for a net meter or long-term contract. This translates into no leaks, no freezing, no stagnation, no noise and no pesky maintenance calls, leaving once-frustrated contractors, installers and property owners saying ‘yes!’ to a whole new way of heating water with the sun.

The icing on this anniversary cake is that NGE is delivering a more simplified product selection with an even better value proposition for builders and distributors – and a more reliable incremental revenue opportunity for plumbers, electricians, solar PV and solar thermal installation professionals across the globe.

Projects for net zero and manufactured homebuilders, affordable/low-income housing interests and the growing eco-luxury multi-family market are highlighting Sun Bandit’s ability to deliver solid, value-packed solar water heating and storage solutions just about anywhere. 

As Next Generation Energy CEO Dave Kreutzman likes to note, “Whether it’s in St. Croix or Central America; Honolulu, Albany or Anaheim, we’re collaborating with progressive, big-picture business, engineering and policy minds to deliver industry firsts that are eliminating barriers to solar water heating adoption while creating jobs, slashing energy costs and forging a value proposition that improves the comfort, safety and economics of commercial and residential building stock no matter which way the political winds are blowing. We’ve come a very long way in a very short time,” said Kreutzman. “But the best is yet to come.” 

The NGE team is celebrating its OG-100 anniversary with a product line-up that leads the industry in innovation and assures more head-turning breakthroughs to come.

To learn more, email or call us today at 1-877-NGE-4SUN (1-877-643-4786) and we’ll be happy to help you harness the powerful value proposition of Sun Bandit to find your own place in the sun.

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