Founded in 1969 by Freeman A. Ford and Richard O. Rhodes, FAFCO is the oldest and largest solar water heating manufacturer in the United States.
manufacturer FAFCO celebrates its 40th
anniversary in the solar energy industry this month. Founded in 1969 byFreeman
A. FordandRichard O. Rhodes, FAFCO is the oldest
and largest solar water heating manufacturer in the United States.
InNewsweekmagazine’s published "History of Solar" article,
FAFCO Inc. is credited with developing the first lightweight set of solar
panels that can reduce heating costs by up to 50 percent (or more in warmer
Over the last four decades it has manufactured
more than 1.75 million solar collectors, and the company has shipped 66 million
square feet of pool heating collectors, or the electrical equivalent of 4.3
gigawatts. FAFCO owns more than 25 domestic and international patents on its
FAFCO's headquarters are located in its own
custom-built, state-of-the-art solar research, design and production facility,
in Chico, Calif.