In 1979 solar applications were popping up everywhere, including at an alcohol and drug addiction center in Columbia, South Carolina.
The solar application that keeps the addition center's greenhouse warm consists of ten collections panels, two heat exchangers, and an insulated water storage tank. Since its conversion, the structure has used almost no fuel oil.
PHOTO: C. EDGAR SPENCE
RIGHT: Vegetation in this addiction center hothouse has flourished since a sun-heating system was installed. RIGHT: Center residents grow vegetables and ornamentals as therapy.