New England and Solar
I know there are lots of posts about solar (I did a search and looked through all of them), but I want to be sure I have all my information.
My pool build should start in about 2 weeks. As of right now we are going to have a 400kBTU propane heater and an electric heat pump. The pool is 41'x24' and about 715sqft (not a rectangle).
I would really like to entertain the idea of solar of heating the pool. Being in New England (southern NH) we don't quite get the sun that California or Florida gets, but this year it has been quite sunny since April. We have a fairly large roof, and although my wife doesn't want solar panels on the front part of our roof, there is plenty room on the back. The back of the roof gets sunlight by 9am (although the angle of the roof is the opposite of where the sun is coming from until about noon) and it stays lit with sun until about 5pm (the pool will get similar sun).
We have a 2 story house, although the pool is at our walk-out basement level, so the roof is 3 stories up. The pool equipment (at this time) is supposed to go where our air conditioner units are in our house, which is slightly below the first level (but not quite at basement level).
Are solar panels out because of the hight roof? The pool pump is going to be a 1.5 HP pump (there are booster pumps for water features and pool cleaner).
I know "Solar Attic" is a touchy subject here, but anyone have any new experiences to add? It sounds like a great idea (except pumping your pool water into your attic). I asked for a quote and the raw device (PCS3 system) is roughly 3.3k (plus installation). My pool builder had no opinion, except that if we really wanted it, they would install it (and we would become a guinea pig for future installs, if it goes well).