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Solar Panels for Swimming Pool in Naples, FL

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These solar panels for a swimming pool in Naples, FL were installed by Florida Solar Design Group recently. This “banked” system was sized for a large pool with lots of water features, needing maximum heating performance. Naples has one of the highest densities of swimming pools in Florida. Despite the southern Florida location, most homeowners find that they need to …

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Utility Talks From Both Sides of Mouth

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FPL is proud of their solar power plants, and they should be. They are a leader in utility scale solar power (which they are not calling universal solar for some reason). I’m happy to give credit where credit is due. But they talk from both sides of their mouth when it comes to small scale solar. In case you missed …

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March 2017 Solar Panel Design Layouts

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Here are some recent solar panel layout we have done for clients. These three dimensional computer models are produced to accurately size and depict solar panels on roofs using aerial imagery and a proprietary process that we developed that results in a high level of accuracy. Solar Panel 3D Computer Renderings Using two dimensional aerial imagery is not adequate, as skewed …

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Don’t Buy a Two-Speed Pool Pump

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I keep asking myself, “am I missing something?” Why are pool builders still building new pools with two-speed pumps? If you are buying a new pool, I can’t say it any other way: Don’t Buy a Two-Speed Pump! The basic idea behind two-speed pumps is good. You can run the pump at a lower speed, saving electricity. Unfortunately, there are …

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Ground Mounted Solar Pool Heaters

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Once in a while we get asked about ground mounted solar pool heaters. We normally install solar panels on roofs, mounted flush to the roof. This is the easiest and most economical installation method. It makes sense for many reasons. Some of the reasons people cite for requesting solar panels on a ground rack are: Avoid seeing the solar panels …

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Solar Heated Water From Pool Jets Is Not Hot

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Occasionally we get a call from a client that says the solar heated water coming out of their pool jets does not feel very hot. Our response is pretty simple: “Good!” It’s not that we are being dismissive. If you feel a large temperature difference in the heated water coming from the solar panels, that usually means the flow rate …

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How Hot Can Solar Pool Heating Get?

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The number one question we get (by far) is, “how hot can solar pool heating get?” It’s obviously a good question. Mistruths from competing technology dealers can skew perceptions about solar heating performance. How much heat depends on a lot of factors. It is a weather dependent technology (but so are other heaters in different ways). Before we get into how …