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March 19, 2007
Thousands of residential solar buildings, including many that use multiple solar technologies, have been built in the United States since the 1940s. Today, residential solar-energy applications tend to favor PV electric systems, passive-solar or climate-responsive design, and solar water heating.  Surprisingly, solar domestic water heating (SDHW) has been eclipsed by the activity in PV. This is unfortunate, since SDHW is generally cost-effective when coupled with effective backup water heating and energy- and water-efficient distribution systems. 

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