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Solar Pool Heating: Commercial Case Studies

Fountaingrove Athletic Club — Santa Rosa, CA

This pool heating system conserves over 2 million cubic feet of natural gas and reduces emissions of 124 tons of greenhouse gases annually. At today’s rates, it is estimated the system should pay for itself in about 3 years. Solar energy will provide 90 to 100% of heating April – September.

commercial solar pool heating, Sonoma Country

Specifications
Pool Size 135,000  gallons
System Size 3,600 square feet
Solar Panels (75) FAFCO High-Efficiency Revolution Panels
Average Temperature 80–82° (April – September)
Annual Savings $25,000

United States Coast Guard Training Center — Petaluma, CA

Located in the rolling hills of the Two Rock Valley in Petaluma, the large Coast Guard training pool is now heated by the sun. Mounted on a graded, 3 step terraced valley, this system saves the United States Coast Guard the use of over 3 million cubic feet of natural gas per year and eliminates the emissions equivalent of 130 tons of greenhouse gases annually.

solar pool heating panels, ground mount

Specifications
Pool Size 200,000 gallons
System Size 3,456 square feet
Solar Panels (72) FAFCO High-Efficiency Revolution Panels
Average Temperature 80–82° (April – September)
Annual Savings $20,000
Mounting System Aluminum racks, concrete base

Sonoma State University — Rohnert Park, CA

Sonoma State University has made strong steps toward reconstructing itself as a “green campus.” SolarCraft designed and installed this pool heating system which saves the campus considerable energy costs by using the sun’s power in lieu of natural gas.

school solar pool heating panels, roof mount

Specifications
Pool Size 200,000 gallons
System Size 5,280 square feet
Solar Panels (110) FAFCO Sunsaver ST Panels
Average Temperature 80–82° (April – September)
Annual Savings $25,000
Mounting System Non-penetrating, ballast

Smith Ranch Homes — San Rafael CA

This luxury retirement community pool is now heated by the sun, saving thousands every year. The 1,575 square foot pool will be heated to 80-82° April – Sept. The new system conserves over 700,000 cubic feet of natural gas and reduces emissions of 45 tons of greenhouse gases annually. The system will pay for itself within 3 years, providing years of free heating.

condo solar pool heating panels, roof mount

Specifications
Pool Size 55,000 gallons
System Size 1,296 square feet
Solar Panels (27) FAFCO Sunsaver ST Panels
Average Temperature 80–82° (April – September)
Annual Savings $9,450
Mounting System Brackets in composition roof