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Solar Pool Heating for High Rise Condo Pool

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Southwest Florida is not exactly Manhattan, but there are lots of beachfront high rise condos with swimming pools. We frequently get calls from owners in the building seeking information on solar pool heating for their condo swimming pool. The client is usually a board member or a concerned unit owner trying to reign in the cost of pool heating with …

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Enabling Enphase Production Alerts For Your Solar Electricity System Monitoring

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If you have a solar electricity system with Enphase microinverters, you probably already know how great the web monitoring portal is. One of the best features is the ability to be notified if your system is not producing the energy expected. This could happen due to a tripped circuit breaker, component failure, shading, or any number of other things. While rare, …

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New Product Announcement: Solaria PowerXT Solar AC Module

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February 1, 2019 We are pleased to announce that we are offering the Solaria PowerXT solar module now. This premium solar module combines a cutting edge microinverter from Enphase with a high-efficiency solar module into a factory assembled AC module. Household AC power is produced right at the panel with no separate power conditioning device to convert DC to AC. …

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Free Solar Panels for Your Home Advertised

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Our phones have been ringing off the hook due to advertisements for free solar panels (not ours). These ads say you can get solar panels installed at no cost for your home. They are billed as special programs to get more people to install solar energy. The claims are amazing! There is only one problem: It’s totally fake news! The shady …

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Continuously Improving Solar Pool Heaters

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Most of the solar pool heating clients we visit immediately realize that we have a better product. But we are never satisfied just because we have the best solar pool heating system on the market, installed using the best methods and components. To be absolutely clear, while the panels themselves are important, the entire system is equally important. This includes …

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Pool Heat Pumps Use Lots of Electricity

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Despite the claims of heat pump sellers that say all kinds of crazy things, heat pump are not cheap to operate. Our favorite is that heat pumps “cost about a dollar a day to operate.” Let’s be clear: it’s not true. At a minimum, it’s very misleading. You see, there are all kinds of caveats to these claims about when …

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Solar Pool Heating How To Video Released

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For our valued customers, we have released a solar pool heating how-to video that we call our Solar 101 video. This video is applicable to all past and future customers. Note that the section on valves will be most relevant to installations performed after March 2018 when we started pre-manufacturing our valve manifolds. However, our installations prior to this date …

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Why You Need A Local Solar Contractor

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I recently received a request from a friend of a friend to provide advice about installing solar panels at her new home in Denmark. I am a people-pleaser – always one to help. But solar contracting is so specific to the country, state, and even city in which you live. I was able to provide some general help, but ultimately …

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PV Shopping Quick Tip: Ask The Right Question!

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When shopping for solar electric panels (photovoltaic or PV), most clients first ask what brand of panel we offer. While it’s a legitimate question, it’s not the most important question they should be asking. Solar panels have become extremely reliable and purchasing from an established source should yield good results. Solar panels are solid state devices with no moving parts …

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Solar Panels With Multiple Meters at Facility

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Many businesses and some homes have multiple utility meters that record energy use in different buildings or groups of buildings. This presents a challenge for solar panel installations. The current Netmetering Rule in Florida treats each utility meter as a separate customer. Even though your business entity may be the same, the utility company bills you separately for usage on each …

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True 2 Inch Solar Panel Headers

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Jump right to the bottom of this post if you just want the proof! We have been over flow rates on this blog ad nauseam, but for good reason. Flow is critical to solar pool heating performance. One of the most important factors affecting flow rates in solar panels is the header pipe and plumbing size. One of our competitors …

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Florida Solar Co-op Information

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Solar cooperatives, or co-ops, are organizations set up to empower neighbors to get the best prices and products when buying solar panels for homes and businesses. The concept is that pooled interest will result in lower prices, peace-of-mind in selecting a contractor, and pre-screened products. There are advantages to solar co-ops in Florida, but there are also serious potential drawbacks …

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Fort Myers’ First All-Solar Community – Mirada by Lennar Homes

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Mirada is the first all-solar community in Fort Myers. Lennar Homes‘ community is actually the first community in all of Southwest Florida where every home is getting solar panels installed at the time of new home construction. And it’s looking great! Lennar Homes Monte Carlo model at Mirada has Solar Panels Pre-Installed Lennar Homes Monte Carlo model at Mirada has Solar …

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Enphase Microinverter Advantage: Fire Safety

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Among the many advantages of microinverters, fire safety is a real selling point. And I recently had the opportunity to see first hand how a traditional, non-microinverter based solar energy system can result in a fire. High voltage DC wires found in traditional string inverter systems have the potential for high-intensity arc faults. Operating at voltages of up to 600 …

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Solar Panels And The Added Pressure on Pool Pumps

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A common belief is that solar panels add pressure to pool pumps, causing damage and premature failure. It simply is not a problem. This is an often-repeated myth perpetuated by pool service companies or dealers that sell traditional heaters (scare tactics). The thought process goes something like this: when using solar panels to heat a pool, you have to lift …