The Center is an information service funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Energy as part of a program to foster the use of solar energy in domestic hot water systems and the heating and cooling of buildings. The Center answers questions by mail and over toll-free hot lines, operates a mobile exhibit van and several exhibits that appear at conferences and trade shows, and distributes HUD and DOE publications on solar energy. Users can request lists of addresses of solar design and construction professionals, manufacturers, distributors, banks that have given solar mortgage or construction loans and solar films, slides, and video tapes. Users can also obtain information on solar design, equipment testing, standards, climatic data, HUD and DOE construction grants, state and federal tax incentive and solar land use and access legislation, solar courses and seminars, speakers on solar energy, and fact sheets and bibliographies on various aspects of solar energy.

As of 9/1 the Center had processed 178,140 phone calls and 144,640 letters requesting solar information. A recent survey of 46,850 phone calls showed that 67% of the toll-free hot line users were private citizens and 33% were businessmen and professionals. 61.3% wanted general solar information and the next most popular topics were costs and payback, sources of equipment, HUD and DOE demonstration grants, and the state hot water initiative grants. Interest is weak in the southeastern states.

Those interested in doing research on various aspects of the potential solar market should know that sections of the NSHCIC mailing list are available for a nominal fee.

Meeting Name

5th Annual UMR-DNR Conference on Energy (1978: Oct. 10-12, Rolla, MO)

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings


Solar Energy I

Document Version

Final Version

File Type





© 1978 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Publication Date

12 Oct 1978