Bosch Thermotechnology Teams Up With Orca Energy to
Reduce Cost of Geothermal Heating and Cooling for New
Home Developers, Builders and Homebuyers.
-Bosch and Orca Energy sign joint marketing agreement
-Focus on new developers, homebuilders and homebuyers in
-Orca installs and maintains the exterior ground heat
exchanger infrastructure within a utility model,
reducing initial cost to the homeowner
-Bosch FHP heat pumps will go in new homes under
Bosch Thermotechnology, a leading heating-cooling
equipment manufacturer, has signed an agreement with
US-based Orca Energy, a leading geothermal utility
provider, to jointly market a geothermal
infrastructure-equipment solution to developers,
homebuilders and prospective new homeowners in the U.S.
The agreement between Bosch Thermotechnology and Orca
Energy was signed in October at the annual International
Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) Technical
Conference and Expo held in Las Vegas, NV.
The agreement to collaborate in the U.S. marketplace
solves one of the most persistent challenges facing the
geothermal industry: how to overcome builder and
homeowner resistance to the initial capital cost barrier
of installing the ground heat exchanger. Geothermal heat
pump systems can save between 30%-50% in heating and
cooling costs compared to a conventional furnace or air
conditioner. First costs for installing the heat
exchanger loop element, however, have been a stumbling
block the industry has struggled with for years.
Going forward the two companies will jointly market to
developers and builders as well as to new homebuyers.
Homebuilders who enter into agreements with Orca Energy
will receive design, installation and maintenance
services for the ground heat exchanger at no expense.
Orca Energy will serve the homeowner as a separate
utility provider for the thermal energy provided by the
geothermal heat pump system. Under such master
agreements the builder agrees to have Bosch geothermal
heat pumps, manufactured by Bosch’s FHP Manufacturing
division in Fort Lauderdale, FL, installed in the new
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