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Solar Panel Inspections with Drones

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After Hurricane Irma, we found that it was very helpful to launch our Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), commonly known as a drone. For homes and businesses where solar panels are not easily seen from the ground, the drone was extremely valuable. Drones allow safe, quick, and effective visual observations on rooftops. While there are some limitations in terms of inspections, …

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Hurricane Irma Solar Panel Report

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To all of our affected neighbors, we understand that this is a difficult time for many of you. Our local employees and company have been adversely affected too, but we are staying positive about the future. We are ready to help where needed. Summary of Hurricane Impact on Southwest Florida Solar Panels We are pleased to report that there are …

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Can Solar Contractors Remove Solar Panels as Hurricanes Approach?

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As you might imagine, people start calling solar contractors as storms approach. They are inquiring about how their solar panels will weather the storm or if they can get solar panels as a backup power source. When storms approach, it is generally too late to make these decisions, and new systems require a permitting/engineering/procurement timeframe. There are tens of thousands …

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Home Batteries Don’t Pay

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With all of the recent hype about battery based electric cars and home battery systems coming out from Tesla and other manufacturers, it’s no wonder we get lots of battery backup inquiries. But home batteries don’t pay – at least not in Florida, not now. It reminds me of the hilarious SNL skit about the new Mercedes AA Class – …

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Why “Oversize” A Variable Speed Pool Pump

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We have heard it over and over again. A client tells us that their pool builder or service company said a 3 horsepower Pentair Intelliflo pump is too big for their pool. It’s oversized. It’s overkill. It will destroy their pool plumbing. It will drain the oceans dry, trap baby seals, and eat all of the lobster in the sea. …

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FSDG Earns Best of HomeAdvisor Honor

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Florida Solar Design Group has earned the Best of HomeAdvisor award for 2017. This shows our commitment to satisfied customers and a solid track record with the nation’s premier contractor referral service. If you haven’t heard of HomeAdvisor, you probably don’t watch television or listen to the radio. They promote their service heavily to consumers looking for construction services of all …

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Solar Sales Consultations are Enlightening

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Our clients consistently comment that they learned so much after having us in their home for a sales consultation on solar panels. When we hear that, we know we’ve done our jobs. Sometimes they say that after making a decision that solar isn’t right for them, and that’s okay. Other times, they have shifted gears completely after learning a key …

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New Aerial Solar Site Analysis Tool

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Florida Solar Design Group has acquired new tools to process solar site analyses. This exciting technology provides three-dimensional site maps from unmanned aerial systems (UAS). We can now process huge amounts of data with amazing precision. This provides shading analysis, visualization, layout assistance, and crew mobilization advantages. As the only solar contractor in Southwest Florida who is also a FAA licensed …

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Finance Your Solar Pool Heater

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Solar Loans and Deferred Payments For Every Budget We are pleased to announce a new financing option for our valued solar pool heating clients. Through a manufacturer relationship we can now offer low payments on solar pool heaters starting at just $50 per month. Enjoy Your Pool Without The Up-Front Cost! Pay Less Than a Traditional Heater For less then the …

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Solar Pool Heating Videos

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In case you didn’t know, we have an extensive video library showing solar pool heating installations. The YouTube playlist below contains aerial drone videos, how-to videos, and promotional spots. We are proud to show off our work, and our video footage is the best way to show you what to expect from your solar pool heater installation!   Note that …

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Do Solar Pool Heating Panels Melt or Burn

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the  We have heard just about every question about solar pool heating panels. But we never gave much thought to what happens to them in a fire. We just assumed that in a serious house fire or if exposed to flame that the panels would simply melt. We did some research and found that polyethylene, which is in the polyolefin …

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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 …