The history of Solar Water Heaters of Hudson
goes back to 1979. The company founder, Earl Elwinger, had been working for Solar
Water Heaters of New Port Richey in Florida, a local manufacturer of solar hot water panels
, for a number of years. Passionate and curious about how solar hot water systems worked,
Mr. Elwinger had always had a keen interest in opening
his own solar company. He finally got his chance in 1979 when factory owner Mr. Ramsey asked him to open his own company, promising to provide him with
all the necessary materials.
Back in 1979, solar wasn't very popular, and very few people understood how the systems worked. It would take all the passion, drive, and knowledge that Mr. Elwinger had to succeed
at a totally new industry
in an environment with limited solar energy available at the time. Earl Elwinger was joined by his father, Bill, later that year. Together, they vowed to do whatever it took to show the Hudson, Florida community
what solar energy was all about and make a difference.
Sitting under an oak tree on Spring Hill Drive, Earl and Bill discussed solar energy with the local folks as they stopped
by and looked at the mobile display mounted on a trailer. It was hooked up to a solar hot water panel and a tank, constantly producing clean, free, and efficient hot water. Everyone's expressions were in awe!
Little by little, system after system, with word of mouth
spreading around town, Solar
Water Heaters of Hudson began to grow, expanding across Hernando, Pasco, and Citrus counties. After so much success, in 1983 the company
also expanded into the Solar
Pool Heating field. The product
of choice: Heliocol
Over the years, our company has added other
services as well: Solar Electric Energy, Solar Attic Ventilation, Solar Powered Pool Pumps, Pool Automation, and Chlorine Generators using Salt.
Although we have evolved so much over the last 38 years, we have never forgotten
our company was founded. It wasn't just the passion and drive from pioneers
in the solar industry like Earl and Bill that helped make the company into what it is today, but also the loyalty, support, and belief from all of our customers and local people that truly believe in Solar.