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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 …

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Best Orientation for Solar Panels in Southwest Florida

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We have a fair number of seasonal residents in Southwest Florida who have solar electricity at their northern homes. They all talk about how their solar panels are tilted to the south. We call this the orientation of the solar panels. Orientation is comprised of tilt (angle from horizontal) and azimuth (degrees clockwise from true north). Note: This article applies …

Solar Panel Rubber Couplers Leak (myth)

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One of our friendly competitors has been using yet another scare tactic regarding the iSwim solar pool heating system. This time they are saying that between solar panels rubber couplers leak. These are the couplers that join together individual solar panels. Note: the technically correct term is rubber couplings, but many people use couplers and couplings interchangeably. Alternative to Rubber …

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Cape Coral’s Largest Solar Pool Heating System

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Florida Solar Design Group has completed Cape Coral’s largest single-family residential solar pool heating system. This 768 square foot solar pool heater has sixteen solar panels, each 4 feet by 12 feet. Aerial Video of Cape Coral’s Largest Solar Pool Heating System Solar Pool Heaters Dominate Cape Coral Pool Heating Scene Installed in the Southwest Cape on a new home …

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Windy Weather Cools Swimming Pools

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This is the time of year that we start getting lots of calls about cold pools. That’s no surprise since windy weather cools swimming pools! Wind blowing across the surface of a pool is like blowing on a hot bowl of soup. Even though we are experiencing daytime high temperatures in the mid-80’s in Southwest Florida, wind sucks heat out …

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Our Opinion on Amendment 1

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On November 8th Florida voters will go to the polls and will be presented with Amendment 1. This is our opinion on that Amendment, which would be devastating to the solar energy industry in Florida. We currently have a system that is law that allows individuals to buy solar panels, connect to the grid, use as much solar energy as …

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New Southwest Florida Community Gets Solar Panels On Every Home

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Lennar, one of the nation’s largest home builders, is building a new community called Mirada off of Bass Road in Fort Myers. But this is no cookie cutter community. Every home in this Southwest Florida development will have solar panels. This isn’t the first time Lennar has outfit an entire community with solar panels. Through its partnership with Sunstreet, the builder has …

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iSwim Header Clamps

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Here we go again. One of our competitors ran out of tactics. They came up with a new ridiculous idea that they have been telling our prospective clients. They are now telling people that the iSwim Header Clamps don’t last and they break easily. It’s a classic scare tactic, and it is totally false. Let’s make something clear. We have never – …

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Sanibel Captiva Community Bank Solar Panels (Library Way)

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Sanibel Bank Goes Green with Solar Panels Participating in the SanCap Solar Connect Solarize initiative, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank (SCCB) purchased a solar electricity system for it’s branch location at 2475 Library Way on Sanibel Island. This 70 panel system has a 18,200 watt rating, and will reduce the bank’s utility electricity use. Solar Panel Investment Solar panels are a …

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Solar Pool Heaters – Panels Of Different Sizes

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Solar pool heater plumbing is complex enough, but what happens when you have panels of different sizes? The pipe plumbing on the roof can become quite complicated, adding a lot of pipe to the job. The Common High Point The single most important factor is ensuring that there is a “common high point.” The array of panels is fed and …

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Amendment 4 Results By County – Florida Primary, 8/30/2016

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Amendment 4 Florida Election Results by County The results are in, and it’s great news for the solar energy industry in Florida. Amendment 4 passed in the August 30, 2016 Florida Primary Election with well over the 60% vote required. Over 2.7 Florida voters cast a ballot for the Amendment, with almost 2 million voting to approve. In total, 72.6% of …

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Google Project Sunroof – Can You Trust It?

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For those of you that haven’t heard of Google’s Project Sunroof, it is a fantastic free service from Google that shows the rooftop solar potential of home in almost every state. It seeks to estimate how much solar energy you can produce at home. It goes one step further and helps you find an installer. The tool will help you …