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    nt89
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    Hi All,

    I’m new, from Perth Area WA.

    I run a renewable energy business based in Perth but work all over Australia.

    I’ve been reading the articles etc for a while but only just signed up to the site.

    Cheers!

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    Hi nt89,

    We’re thrilled you decided to get more involved in Flying Solo, and hope you find some great contacts and some helpful tips here in the forum.

    Nice to meet you, and welcome aboard,
    Jayne

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    Hello nt89,

    Welcome to FS.

    What renewable energy are you providing? Solar panels?
    Please tell us more about your business.

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    nt89
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    Hi Gizmo,

    Thanks for the warm welcome!

    Yes, we supply solar panels for swimming pool heating. They are manufactured in North America, and we supply them across Australia to pool builders, pool shops, home builders, etc. We also supply directly to residential pool owners.

    Our solar panels are the ONLY solar pool heating products on the market to achieve the National Sanitation Foundation NSF-50 certification; Resistant to corrosion, scaling, well-constructed and will not leach harmful materials into the pool water.

    Were not entirely new – we’ve been working in energy related fields for around 30 years. But we are small!

    You can follow us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/EnWestPtyLtd

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    That’s convenient.

    I may be getting a pool… sorta soon.

    How does your product compare in running and setup costs with other pool heating options?

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    Hi Gizmo,

    We also supply and install heat pumps for swimming pools but we only recommend these for situations where solar panels just won’t fit – solar pool heating is by far the most efficient and cheapest way to heat a swimming pool!

    Example of the cost effectiveness of a Solar Pool Heating System over Gas or Heat Pumps;

    Based on a typical 4m x 8m swimming pool, with a North facing roof in the Perth Area, a solar pool heating system using our Solar Panels with 100% coverage (32m²) will transfer the equivalent of approximately 22,680 kWh per year of heat energy to the pool for free.

    Comparison to Heat Pump
    A high efficiency heat pump would consume approximately 5,670 kWh over the year to produce the same amount of energy as the solar pool heating system. This would incur annual electricity costs of $1,361 at current prices.

    Comparison to Gas Heaters
    A high efficiency gas heater would consume approximately 30,240 kWh over the year to produce the same amount of energy as the solar pool heating system. This would incur annual gas costs of $3,931 at current prices.

    Gas, Electric Heat Pumps and Solar Pool Heating all have fairly similar initial purchases costs. But Solar is the only one that doesn’t have ongoing running or maintenance costs.

    The payback in accrued savings on one of our solar pool heating systems is pretty quick when compared with Gas Heaters and Electric Heat Pumps!

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    Sounds great!
    My only concern, which I am sure you have an answer for is, how well do solar panels heat pools during winter?

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    Heating swimming pools in Winter time with solar panels is possible and effective.

    The key with solar pool heating is in sizing the system; every square meter of solar panel area produces energy. The higher the area of solar panels installed, the more heat energy is delivered to the swimming pool.

    The amount of solar energy available in Winter time in Perth is roughly 1/3 of what is available in peak Summer time – this reduces the amount of energy that a solar pool heating system can convert to usable heat energy for your swimming pool.

    The only way to make up for the lack of available solar energy in Winter is to increase the size of the system.

    Some people only want to swim during the Summer, a little into the Spring and Autumn – a smaller system is perfect for these pool owners. However, some like to get as close to year round swimming as possible – a larger system is required for these pool owners.

    It’s also important to remember to use pool blankets. 70% of heat loss from swimming pools occurs through evaporation! By curbing evaporation and heat loss, MUCH less energy is required to bring the swimming pool back up to comfortable temperatures.

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