Solar Air & Heat

What is Solar Assisted Air Conditioning?

Your air conditioner utilizes a compressor to compress a refrigerant and create heat. To operate that compressor you need lots of electricity – in fact about 40% of the world’s energy is used for cooling and heating. The thermal energy generated by the SunTrac Solar Thermal SmartPanel™ adds heat to the system’s refrigerant. This allows the compressor to operate in low stage while achieving full BTU output, decreasing the compressor’s workload and in turn reducing the electrical power consumed by the A/C system’s compressor by up to 40%.

The SunTrac Solar Air & Heat System

We integrate our patented Solar Thermal SmartPanel™ with today’s multi stage/variable speed high-efficiency a/c & heat pump systems. Designed for Commercial and Residential use as a retro-fit kit or with complete new system installations, this combination creates one of the most efficient cooling & heating systems available. Engineered for systems ranging in size from 1 ton/12,000 BTU’s to 52 Ton/624,000 BTU’s and larger, SunTrac Solar Air & Heat systems also features custom mounting and thermostat options. Our systems can be used with a variety of refrigerants and power systems in the U.S. and Worldwide.

The SunTrac Solar Thermal SmartPanel™

Our SunTrac Solar Thermal SmartPanel™ is the most advanced solar thermal panel on the market today. It is comprised of a completely enclosed, sealed and computerized parabolic trough mirror array featuring SmartTrac™ and RiteTemp™ technologies. The SunTrac Solar Thermal SmartPanel™ system is truly the next generation in solar thermal panel technology.


The SmartPanel™ design uses our exclusive RiteTemp™ temperature sensing system to monitor and control the heat added to the system’s refrigerant. This allows the system to constantly maintain refrigerant temperatures and pressures in their optimum range.


Our SmartTrac™ photo-sensor system, utilizing NASA technology, controls an industry-standard 5w brushless stepper motor which tracks the sun east to west as it crosses the sky, allowing the parabolic mirror array to stay focused throughout the day. This ability to track the sun’s path allows our solar thermal SmartPanel™ to increase thermal efficiency up to 50% when compared to evacuated tube and flat panels. The SmartTrac™ system operates less than ten (10) minutes a day with a 12vdc power supply.

Heat Pump Controller

The Heat Pump Controller is required when integrating with a heat pump system. The Heat Pump Controller is a sophisticated solution that uses a proprietary onboard computer to determine if the system needs to close special valves to prevent the refrigerant from removing heat. This is beneficial when temperatures drop during the winter; it allows the system to keep precious heat for those chilly winter nights.

During sunny winter days the system adds free heat from the sun even if the ambient temperatures are in the teens. This in turn provides free heat to your heating appliance systems.


SunTrac Systems have true system scalability that can vary from one (1) solar panel per a/c to multiple solar panels for businesses and residential complexes.

Commercial – Commercial applications are available from 5-Ton to 300-Ton and beyond. We have developed a commercial retro-fit system that allows us to upgrade existing older HVAC systems by using the latest high-efficiency multi-stage and variable speed compressors and controllers. These can be integrated into the SunTrac Solar thermal SmartPanels™.

Residential – From Mini-Splits to 5-Ton package units and everything in between, the SunTrac Solar Thermal SmartPanel™ handles all of them safely and efficiently.

Commercial Air & Heat Retrofit and Upgrade Program

SunTrac Solar Manufacturing has partnered with leading compressor manufacturers to create a new solar-assisted energy-efficient HVACR retrofit and upgrade solution for legacy commercial HVACR systems.

Available in various sizes and capacities for HVACR systems ranging from 3-Ton to 300-Ton +, this program can retrofit, upgrade and/or replace existing R-22 and R-410A systems and provide HVAC energy savings from 25% to 45 % while qualifying for various federal, state and utility incentives.

SunTrac-ready new replacement A/C units from Innovent and Chill-It Chillers are also available.
This program combines three technologies to create the most energy efficient commercial HVACR system available today:

  • The SunTrac Solar Thermal SmartPanel™ System
  • The Danfoss High Efficiency Variable Speed Compressor and Drive System
  • The KMC Commercial Thermostat System with custom SunTrac programming & features

Factory Trained Installers

Only SunTrac Solar factory-approved installers have been professionally trained to integrate the SunTrac Solar System with your high-efficiency air conditioning system. We offer installer training at our manufacturing facility in Tempe, Arizona as well as on-site training. Currently we are developing a web-based training program that will be NATE approved.


Each SunTrac Solar System is covered by a limited warranty. Residential systems come with a 10 year parts warranty and commercial systems have a 5 year parts warranty.

Tax Credits and Incentives

2014 Federal Tax Credits* will take off 30% of the entire amount spent on the system. Check with your utility provider and tax professional for more incentives available in your area.

*The above information regarding taxes, tax credits and depreciation is meant to make the reader aware of these benefits, risks and potential expenses. It is not tax advice. Please seek professional advice from a qualified tax advisor to check the applicability and eligibility before claiming any tax benefits or exemptions.

Buy American Compliant: The SunTrac Solar SmartPanel™ complies with the Buy American Act (BAA) and American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

SunTrac Solar Air & Heat System is proudly manufactured by veterans in the United States of America.

U.S. Patent #7665459
International Patents Pending