You may love your Florida pool but you often don’t think about the energy consumption — and bills — that are a part of pool ownership. You can have a more sustainable pool and reduce your energy costs for the pool by following these five tips.
Install a Solar Pool Heater
A cool pool is a refreshing treat during a steamy Florida summer, spring, or autumn day. In winter, low temperatures reach the 50s in the Tampa Bay region, so a pool heater helps you enjoy comfortable swimming year-round. However, a gas-fueled or electric-powered pool heater is not the most sustainable way to achieve a cozy pool temperature when the temperatures drop in February.
If you’ve been thinking of installing or replacing a pool heater, a solar heater is an excellent choice for performance and sustainability. Solar heaters are easy to install in both pools that have never been heated and pools that have existing heaters.
Don’t let utilities block the sun, vote ‘no’ on Amendment 1
Amendment 1 is funded by Florida’s big utilities to protect their monopoly markets and limit customer-owned solar. It paves the way for barriers that would penalize solar customers. Worse, it misleads Florida voters by promising rights and protections that Florida citizens already have.
Florida has the most solar energy potential east of the Mississippi, yet isn’t a leader on solar power. Vote YES on Amendment 4 to lower bills and allow solar energy to flourish in Florida.
By Amory B. Lovins
(Editor’s note: this piece originally appeared in Roll Call on Nov. 9, 2009, in a slightly different form.)
“In his remarks at the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen in December, President Obama did say (to my delight) that climate solutions advance both prosperity and security, but he hadn’t time to rebut in detail the “sign error”—the widespread fallacy that climate solutions are intrinsically an economic burden.
Now that the post-Copenhagen dust has settled and it’s time to refocus on what we should be doing and get back to work, here are eight convenient truths to consider and share about climate and energy.” Read the Eight Convenient Truths >>>
Throughout recorded history humans used either fire or the sun to heat water. Some communities now have solar water in over 90% of their homes. SHW is often the “forgotten solar” among many professionals nowadays, as PV prices continue to fall and more people are drawn toward the appeal of generating their own electricity. Nonetheless, SHW represents the largest solar market on Earth, and is an affordable alternative to PV that is reliable, environmentally friendly and saves people money. Full Article at http://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2014/12/tips-successful-solar-hot-water-installations/
Solar Source installs 30-kW solar array at LEGOLAND with funding from Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy Program.
Largo, FL – Solar Source installed a 30-kW solar panel array at LEGOLAND Florida’s Imagination Zone with funding from Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy program. LEGOLAND took the array to the next level, opening a solar power exhibit featuring an interactive 6-foot LEGO Earth model.
Solar Source mounted multi-crystalline panels to the roof of the Imagination Zone: a hands-on learning & activity center in the theme park.
The new LEGO Earth exhibit demonstrates how solar technology works and allows visitors to manipulate the panels to understand how they generate solar electricity. The solar energy generated on the rooftop powers an interactive exhibit inside of the Imagination Zone where guests can interact with model communities made out of LEGOs.
“We are proud to put our technology on display to increase exposure and provide educational opportunities for children and their parents,” said Rick Gilbert, Vice President of Solar Source.
LEGOLAND is not the first theme park that Solar Source has worked with; for instance they installed a solar water heating system for Disney Parks. Solar Source has a history of working with public and private partners, such as the City of St. Petersburg, Lowry Park Zoo, and Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) to provide solar power installations that not only produce electricity, but also educate the public on the benefits of clean, renewable energy.
“It’s fitting that some of TECO’s renewable energy “blocks” were built with LEGO bricks,” said Gilbert. “They serve two purposes: producing electricity, and enhancing awareness.”
Tampa Electric funded the LEGOLAND project as a part of their Renewable Energy program that gives customers the option to purchase “blocks” of renewable energy. Located in Lakeland, LEGOLAND Florida is the largest LEGOLAND Park in the world. The iconic “LEGO” bricks encourage children to explore their imagination and challenge their creativity.
According to the American Solar Energy Industry, U.S. solar capacity has quadrupled in the last four years – growing 418 percent from 2010-2014. The U.S. installed 1,330 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) in the first quarter of 2014, up 79 percent over Q1 2013.
Headquartered in Largo, Florida Solar Source (Constructive Resource, Inc. dba Solar Source) is licensed solar electrical, and general contracting firm with additional locations in Ontario, Canada and New Jersey. Solar Source specializes in industrial, commercial, and residential projects including photovoltaic (PV), solar water heating and pool heating. Projects include the first rooftop megawatt (MW) PV system in Florida, the largest PV system in Cuba at Guantanamo Naval Base, the largest solar pool heater in the world, in Mexico and solar heating systems for the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia and Athens, Greece. Solar Source is also the founding entity of Solar Source Institute, a licensed, accredited educational facility that provides solar training for the construction industry.
LEGOLAND Florida and Tampa Electric partner to make the 150-acre theme park run completely on renewable energy for the day in celebration of Earth Day – the first theme park to do so in the United States. The celebration is part of existing and new conservation initiatives, including installations that will educate park guests about solar energy. As part of the partnership, LEGOLAND Florida will also permanently power a section of the park, Imagination Zone, on renewable energy. Full Story >>>
Founded in 1984 and based in Largo, Solar Source has led the solar charge for over 30 years. We have installed over 30,000 solar systems in that time and continue to grow rapidly. These installations range in size and complexity from small residential systems to large-scale commercial projects.
As the leading solar contractor in the state of Florida, we have also established Solar Source Institute, an accredited school with which we conduct training for our own staff as well as other licensed contractors (including solar, electrical, and roofing) to teach best practices and issue certifications of competency.
When you choose Solar Source to perform your solar installation you’re hiring a company with unrivaled experience that is able to deliver a solution that suits your specific needs, has a maximum return on investment, with trouble-free performance for many years.
We maintain a consistent A rating Angie’s List, BBB and many other consumer ratings sites, and we encourage you to check our reputation. Providing you with the absolute best in solar energy is our constant goal.
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