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Where Is Solar Pool Heating Most Popular

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Southwest Florida is one of the best markets in the nation for solar pool heating. Why? Because it works SO WELL here! But where in Southwest Florida is solar pool heating most popular? We took a random sampling of 500 recent solar pool heating installations we have done and mapped them. The results are pretty telling. Now they may be …

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Enphase MyEnlighten Updated For Per Module Monitoring

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Enphase is the world’s leading microinverter manufacturer, and they have always been at the forefront of solar panel monitoring. One of the most revolutionary benefits of microinverters in solar electricity systems is the ability to monitor each individual panel. Now Enphase is expanding its consumer monitoring offering to include this per-panel monitoring. The ability to monitor the energy production performance …

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Sonnen Certified Partner for Battery Backup

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Florida Solar Design Group is now a Sonnen Certified Partner. We can now sell and install Sonnen’s Lithium Ion battery backup systems in Southwest Florida. Sonnen is a leading manufacturer of battery systems that integrate with solar photovoltaic systems, providing seamless and unlimited battery backup power for emergencies and utility outages. Battery technology has come a long way in the …

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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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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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Collier County Reduces Permit Fees for Solar Pool Heaters

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Collier County Building Department has recently reduced permit and inspection fees for solar pool heaters. Fees are now approximately 1/3rd less than previous rates! The jurisdiction previously had the highest permit fees in the Southwest Florida area. We never understood why the fees were so far out of line with other building departments, and it seems they have realized the same …

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Do Heated Pools Cause More Evaporation and Water Use?

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Heated pools do result in more evaporation, so more make-up water is required to refill heated pools than unheated pools. Whether using solar heating, heat pumps, or gas heaters, heated pools do require more water. But how much will the increase in water usage cost? We have heard just about every question imaginable when it comes to solar pool heating. …

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Progress at Mirada – Southwest Florida’s First All Solar Community

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With our partners at Urban Solar, we have completed over two dozen homes at Mirada, Lennar Homes’ community where 100% of the homes will get solar power. Slated for over 100 homes, Mirada is Southwest Florida’s first community where every home will be powered by a photovoltaic system. The homes are built to be energy efficient in the first place. …

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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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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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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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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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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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First Contractor in Southwest Florida to Earn UAS License

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Solar Contractor To Use UAS (Drones) For Commercial Use Florida Solar Design Group’s Jason Szumlanski will become the first contractor in Southwest Florida to earn an FAA Part 107 Commercial UAS License. Small Unmanned Aerial Systems, commonly known as drones, require an FAA license to operate for commercial purposes. Szumlanski, who also holds an FAA Part 61 Private Pilot License for …

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Pentair IntelliValve Actuator for Solar Pool Heating

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Florida Solar Design Group is happy to announce that we are the first solar pool heating dealer in Southwest Florida to offer the Pentair IntelliValve motorized actuator to control solar pool heating systems with new and existing automation systems. This revolutionary valve has LED indicators of valve positions and requires no dis-assembly of the valve to adjust the valve stop …

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New iSwim Solar Pool Heater Dealer in SW Florida

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FORT MYERS, FL – DECEMBER 14, 2015 — Florida Solar Design Group (FSDG), a state certified solar contractor, has become the exclusive dealer/installer for iSwim brand solar pool heating panels. Effective immediately, the company is offering the solar panels for sale and installation. The iSwim solar pool heating system is manufactured in Odessa, FL by Solar Hydronics Corporation (SHC) and distributed …

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Charlotte County PACE Financing for Solar Panels

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Attention Charlotte County, Port Charlotte, and Punta Gorda home and business owners: PACE financing is available for funding your solar panel installations! PACE stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy, and it is a financing mechanism that allows you to finance energy efficiency projects with no money down. The payments are made through your property tax via a non-ad valorem assessment. …