Solar panels for the pool
research by Richard E. Gordon
February 23, 2010
- Possibility of heating the pool with solar panels
- Are solar panels
a solution -- installed on the roof of the recreation building next to
Dept. of Energy. First, there are different types of solar panels. We
must first determine the type that would produce the most heat for each dollar
for installation. "Don't choose a solar pool heating system or collector
based solely on its estimated costs. When selecting a solar pool heater,
it's also important to consider all of the factors involved in the system's
sizing and quality of the design and installation."
cover. If we could
cover the pool at the end of each day, we could keep the water warmer requiring
less solar energy. This may seem impractical unless we consider a motorized
pool cover. "Use of a pool cover also can help reduce the size of a solar
pool heating system, which can save money...Automatic covers have permanently
mounted reels that automatically cover and uncover the pool at the push of
a button. They're the most expensive option, but they're also the most convenient."
Necessity of pool cover from another source:
"When you use a pool cover, it is much easier to maintain the desired temperatures.
When you don’t use a pool cover, the heat rises each night and your
heating process begins from scratch the next morning."
- How expensive would this solution be -- heating our pool with solar energy?
"Solar pool heating system prices for a residential pool can range anywhere
from $4500 to $8000." Our pool is several times larger, I think, than
the typical residential pool. So our cost range seems to me to be at least
times this amount. This APS site has an illustration showing a building similar
to our recreation building. Also gives the answers to several relevant questions
such as "Can we install our own solar panels?" Provides a tool for
estimating the cost.
We should keep in mind that solar panels could be used
to heat the water from the pool shower and recreation building showers. I
imagine we have now a conventional hot water heater for our showers.
- Are there
State funds that would help pay for the cost? The State of Florida's solar rebate
program provides a "$100 rebate for solar pool heaters." You
can read the entire "Federal
Stimulus Allocation Plan – State
Energy Program (SEP) Funds." Another
site stating the the Florida State
rebate for solar pool heaters is only $100. A Google search on these words
state funds solar panels pool florida brought up 160,000
- What contractors in
the area -- Pinellas County -- might be able to handle the job? Solar
Estimate gives information on contractors. Here you can get installers
by inserting your zip
code, and at the same site you can describe your job
to get a contractor to reply to you. When I entered our zip code 34684 at
the Solar Estimate site, I got information on thirteen
fifty miles. The information included their certification and number of solar
A Google search on these terms solar
panel pool installers Pinellas Florida brought up more than 13,000
When I did a goggle search on these words heating pool solar panels florida,
I came up with over 900,000
hits (possible sources of relevant information).