Insource was initially contacted by a family in Freeport to explore options for installing a solar photovoltaic (PV) system as part of Solarize Freeport. During our site visit, we explored a number of options for reducing the clients’ energy use. The initial options included a PV system and a mini-split heat pump.
Once we learned that their pool was heated, we proposed the installation of a solar pool heating system to significantly reduce or eliminate the propane demand for maintaining pool comfort.
Without a nearby roof to mount the collectors, we built a ground frame to support the collectors through the winter, when snow loads provide the most critical design load. This approach will provide a 20-year service life for the system. Due to the fast payback of solar pool heating, this will result in roughly 17 years of free fuel.
- Solar Industries pool collector
- Pentair differential controller
- Hayward motorized valve