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Mike Healy of Skyline Innovations installs a new solar thermal system at George Washington University.
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Mike Healy of Skyline Innovations installs a new solar thermal system at George Washington University.

Mike Healy is sweating it out on a roof at George Washington University.

"I'm installing an evacuated tube solar collector. With a nice copper heat pipe that runs down it to bring heat up to a black header that cold water will run through and come out hot," he says.

Healy works for Skyline Innovations, a company based in Northwest D.C. that owns and installs solar thermal systems. He says summer tends to be a busy time for the company as people start to think more about the sun.

"We're seeing people take advantage of solar technologies. We're seeing people that have never thought about solar before become interested in solar," he says.

He says solar thermal panels, like the one he's installing at GW, are a good way to turn sunlight into clean, useful energy. But, he says, installing them can be challenging during the summer swelter.

"Business spikes in the summer. And you just have to be happy about it and roll with the punches," he says.

After all, he says, taking the heat is what the solar thermal industry is all about.

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