Smart Solar Pool Heating

It’s time to get smart about pool heating costs. Solar is now an option for heat pumps as well as solar pool heating systems. Of non-solar systems, electric powered heat pumps have long been a cost-effective and more environmentally friendly way to control your pool temperature year round.
Solar pool heating systems have been limited by how much of the year they can heat the pool. Largely due to exposure to the elements, particularly wind. Innovative technology has brought about three changes. All designed to put you in control, get your costs down and be kind to our environment:
  • Now we can set-up a Solar Power System to Provide Free Electricity to your Heat Pump when you want it all year; or
  • Install Solartherm Enclosed Solar Pool Heating Panels to stop the wind chill effect and get you in the pool early in the season and stay later; and
  • We have the DualSun hybrid solar panel which generates solar power for running pool pumps etc., and heats your pool from the same panel.
Finally, we have an innovative version of the old solar strip matting – Open Solar Pool Heating Panels. Call us to discuss your best options; we seek to meet all needs and budgets.  Solarpro has an advantage in being both a Solar Power & Batteries installer as well as Solar Pool Heating.  Our experts are happy to advise you or we can provide a quick quote of the systems you are interested in.

Solar Pool Heating Panels – Ground Mounted

You are looking at the largest privately owned ground mounted solar pool heating system in Australia.  The system has the potential to pump out a whopping 57 kilowatts of energy, all free from the sun!  The compact, enclosed SolarTherm pool heating panels make it possible to put them virtually anywhere, including on the ground.  This saves roof space which is becoming increasingly valuable for the installation of solar power systems.

People are increasing the size of their solar power (PV) systems because they are able to store their solar power in batteries for their own use rather than sending to the grid and to power their electric vehicles.  This decreases the amount of roof space available for traditional solar pool heating systems.

The SolarTherm panels are one of the answers to being able to benefit from solar pool heating as well as solar power.  There are two other innovative ways that Solarpro offers:

  1.  Purchase an EcoHeat electric heat pump and power it from your existing or new solar power system.  This will significantly reduce your costs.  We also have the technology to ensure your heat pump is powered only by solar rather than any grid electricity which brings your costs to nothing.
  2. The DualSun hybrid panel produces both heated pool water and solar power to run pool equipment and potentially domestic appliances with the correctly sized system.

Don’t hesitate to call to discuss how solar power can reduce your pool heating and running costs.

Types of solar pool heating

Innovative solar pool heating panels can remove your pool heating costs and in some cases also the cost of powering your pool equipment e.g., the pump.  Amongst the range of solar pool heating systems we include a solar powered heat pump.  As one of a very few solar companies specialising in both solar pool heating and solar power & battery systems, we are able to assess your energy needs as a whole and save you the maximum money possible.

Solar pool heating panels

There are three different types of solar panels designed for heating pools. The DualSun heated pool water & electricity producing hybrid; enclosed pool heating panels and open pool heating panels.

The DualSun hybrid panel

The DualSun hybrid solar panel produces solar power to run your pool pump and other electrical equipment at the same time as heating your pool water.  A correctly sized system delivers a solar heated pool with zero running costs.  Like a lot of innovative products it is based on a simple concept.  Solar (PV) power panels require light to produce power but they don’t like heat.  They perform better when kept cool.  The DualSun panel uses water to cool the panel and then sends the now heated water back to the pool.  The solar power generated by the panel can be used to run the pump or other electrical items including domestic appliances if you have power left over.

Enclosed solar pool heating panels

Solartherm enclosed solar pool heating panels completely eliminate wind cooling.  You will be able to get in your pool early in the season and swim later.  The solar collectors are encased in high density polyethylene and the system ‘heat banks’.  A precise temperature is taken from the solar collector rather than the roof surface which ensures the pump only operates when it is needed – reducing your running costs and saving money.  These enclosed panels are compact enough to install on cabanas or pump houses.  We often install them in combination with a solar power system to bring your electricity costs to as near as zero as we can.  A solar power system and enclosed solar pool heating panels can fit comfortably on most roofs, particularly if they are replacing a strip matting system.

Open rigid solar pool heating panels

Essentially a modern, neater and rigid version of the old strip matting rubber tubes.  The Rhino Black open panel has rigid solar collectors in modular designs of various sizes. They are open to the wind but their design reduces the cooling effect and protects from cockatoo damage.  They are produced by Australian manufacturer Boss Solar and are a less expensive option to extend your swimming season.

Solar powered heat pumps

Solarpro’s advantage as an installer of solar energy systems means we can combine a pool heat pump with a new or existing solar power system to eliminate your running costs. You could use your solar power to run your pool heat pump when required and your air conditioner on other occasions. Heat pumps are inexpensive and guarantee heat when you want it with virtually no maintenance.

Pump less and heat more

Regardless of the solar pool heating panel you choose, we precisely adjust the rate water flows through the solar collectors to maximise heat and stop unnecessary pumping.  We do this with a Flow Rate Metre.  Some solar pool heating panel installers don’t do this.  Having a correct flow rate will save you money and we recommend ensuring your installer does this.

Making the right choice

Our solar pool heating experts will be able to quickly assess the most cost effective option for your circumstances and advise on your choices.  They will look at how your pool fits with your other energy needs and ensure you are getting the maximum savings possible.  Contact us.

DualSun Solar Power & Pool Heating

An innovative solar panel that combines the generation of solar electricity with heated water for your pool is winning Australian environmental awards and producing energy savings of up to $66,000+ over the course of 20 years.  Call Solarpro for more information.

How the DualSun Solar Panel saves Money and the Environment

Solar power panels are most efficient when they are kept cool.  The DualSun panel allows cold water to pass over the solar panel to keep it cool.  Then returns that heated water to the swimming pool using the same principle as all pool heating systems.  The difference with this hybrid panel is that the solar power (electricity) it produces can then be used to run your pool equipment bringing the ‘energy’ cost of the pool to zero and accumulating large savings for you compared to some other pool heating options.   An additional benefit is that the solar power you don’t use on your pool pump etc., can help power your home appliances – even more savings.  This makes it the responsible environmental choice while providing an excellent return on investment.

Australian Award Winning

In June 2018, the DualSun solar panel won two awards for energy savings at the SPASA (Swimming Pool & Spa Association)  Awards for Excellence.  The Gold Award for Sustainable Product of the Year in South Australia and the Silver Award in NSW.