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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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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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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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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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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 …

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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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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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Solar Panels on Carports

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A frequent question we answer is whether solar panels can be mounted on carports. While anything is possible, the end result is often that the carport is not a sufficient enough structure, or building one to support solar panels would be cost prohibitive. This question is usually asked about existing carports in Southwest Florida. Since these structures are usually built with …

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How Tree Shade Affects Solar Panels

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Sometimes we run into a client that has lots of trees around their house and they want to know how tree shade will affect their solar panels. Any shade on solar electric panels can be devastating, but by using microinverters we can limit the impact, and only panels that are shaded will be affected, leaving neighboring panels to work at …

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Solar Panels for a Pool in Cape Coral, FL

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Here’s a picture of a new solar pool heater installed in Cape Coral, FL. This system consists of eight 4’x12′ iSwim solar panels, which is a perfect size on this 376 square foot pool with solar panels mounted on the south roof. We had one roof obstruction to get around, but otherwise this was a straightforward installation on a roof …

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Solar Photovoltaic Panel Efficiency | What You Need To Know

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Everybody wants the best solar panel available. The first thing clients often tell us is: “I want the most efficient solar panels available” There is a big difference between the most efficient solar panel you can buy and the most efficient solar panel you should buy. Before we get into whether you really want the most efficient panel, let’s define efficiency in …

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What’s the Difference Between a Solar Cell, Module, Panel, and Array?

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I should probably start a solar energy glossary that covers this. The subject is totally confusing to newcomers to solar energy, especially when people first learn that there are different kinds of solar panels. I am going to attempt to break this down into the simplest components to tell you the difference between solar cells, modules, panels, and arrays for …