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Swimming Pool Energy Solutions

Solar thermal pool heating and heat pump pool heating system delivers year-round comfort at a significant savings over eletric or gas heating systems. Extend your swim season, add comfort, maximize your investment.

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There are several options for reducing your swimming pool operating costs, while saving energy and increasing comfort.

A swimming pool is a significant investment and should be enjoyed to its fullest. A swimming pool solar heating system will double your swim season in any climate. You wouldn’t give up driving your car for several months during the year, why give up swimming in your pool because it’s too cold. Salt-water chlorination system adds comfort, eliminates harmful chemicals,, and saves money. A variable speed pump reduces energy costs, saving money. UV sanitizers will take your swimming pool water purity to the next level.

Solar Thermal Water Heating

Solar thermal water heating is very affordable, efficient, saves money, and renewable, but requires roof space. A solar thermal water heating system works by circulating your pool water through the systems tubes which are heaterd by the sun. We install Heliocol Solar Thermal Swiming Pool water hating panels. Heliocol systems are environmentally save, low maintenance, and roof friendly.

Heliocol solar pool heating panels were used for the summer Olympic swimming pools in Atlanta, Beijing, and Athens. Heliocol swimming pool heating systems have  12-year warranty and start as low as $7,500. Energy use is less than $300 for the year. 

Heat Pump Water Heater

Next to solar thermal heating, a heat pump water heater is the most energy efficient pool heater on the market, up to 70% more efficient than a traditional electric water heater.

A heat pump pool heater extracts heat energy from outside air and transfers that heat to the water being circulated from your pool through the heat pump system. Heat pump water heaters work exceptionally well in our mind climate.

A heat pumps energy use can be 100% offset via a solar PV system. Reliable. Efficient, renewable. Heat pump swimming pool systems start as low as $9,000, and have zero energy costs when installed with solar.

Electric Water Heater

Traditional electric swimming pool heaters feature a simple design with a heating element like you might see on an electric stove, and heats water as it passes throught the unit. These units are only suitable for small pools and spas of less than 10,000 gallons. Anything beyond that, electric element swimming pool heters are inefficienct and expensive to operate. We do not recommend an electric pool heater. Install costs start at $5,000, with operating costs exceeding $1,800 per year.

Gas Water Heater

Natural gas are a reialble way to warm your swimming pool water. However, gas prices are unstable and rising dramatically as we have seen. Plus, natural gas is not a renewable or clean energy source. We feel that, in most situations, a Heliocol solar pool heating system or a heat pump electric water heating system is a cheaper, cleaner, and more energy efficienct option. Install costs are similar to an electric swimming pool heater, about $5,000, with operating costs $10/hr to operate, or $200 to $200 per month. Propane water heaters can cost upwards of $800 per month to keep a swimming pool comfortable.

Why Choose Solar Thermal Pool Heating?

  • Saves up to 60% when compared to electric or gas pool heaters. 
  • You have available roof space.   
  • Your solar electric system is maxed out, and not able to offset the increased load of a heat pump pool heater.
  • You live in a mild climate.
  • Full warranty covers all manufactured parts for 12 years.
  • Trouble-free components that are completely resistant to sun, chemicals, and temperature extremes.
  • Lowest cost of operation and high efficiency for greater savings.
  • Heliocol is ISO 9002, NSF-50, NSF-61 Certified, exceeding even military standards.

Why Choose Heat Pump Swimming Pool Heating?

Heat your pool with an environmentally friendly heat pump. Heat pumps use electricity to capture heat and move it from one place to another with great efficiency. In this case, Pentair’s UltraTemp heat pump moves heat from the air to the pool water. The by-product is cold air.

A heat pump swimming pool heating system is perfect for a homeowner who:

  • has solar electric, or considering adding solar electric
  • has limited roof and/or ground space for traditional thermal solar pool panels
  • is currently using a gas or electric swimming pool heating system.
    Features
    • Saves up to 75% when compated to electric or gas pool heaters.
    • Easy to read LCD control board displays —no more codes
    • AutoSet (time clock override) feature monitors water temperature
    • Automatic defrost feature senses refrigerant temperature
    • Compatible with all automated control packages
    • Long-life, corrosion-resistance – stands up to pool chemicals
    • Titanium heat exchanger for corrosion-free performance
    • Highest efficiency available—meets or exceeds existing codes and standards
    • Engineered for extra-quiet operation
    • Energy use can be 100% offset by a solar electric system
    • Cost-effective for commercial and residential installations
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bioshield UV pool sanitizer

The BioShield UV Sterilizer pairs perfectly with IntelliTouch® or EasyTouch® Pool Control Systems and IntelliChlor® Salt Chlorine Generators and/or IntelliChem®Water Chemistry Controllers for ultimate pool control and operation ease.

BioShield Swimming Pool UV Sanitizer


Neutralize 99.9% of harmful bacteria with 50% less chlorine.

Harness the instant neutralizing power of Ultraviolet Light to virtually eliminate all unhealthy microorganisms in your pool in a matter of seconds. Cut your chlorine usage in half while “zapping” unwelcome guests like Cryptosporidium, Giardia, E.coli and other harmful waterborne pathogens that can cause Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs).

  • Neutralizes harmful bacteria and pathogens quickly
  • Reduces chlorine usage by up to 50% to eliminate itchy skin, burning red eyes and odors
  • Energy-efficient, high-output UV lamps provide up to 12,000 hours of continuous operation
  • Easy to install in new and existing pool systems
  • Easy to maintain
  • Low operating costs—uses about the same energy of a 60-W light bulb
  • Cuts chlorine use in half (average of $120/year in chlorine savings for an average 20,000 gal pool)

Swimming Pool Salt-Water Chlorinator

salt water pool benefitsA salt-water chlorinator is the most convenient way to keep your pool clean. The salt-water chlorination unit automatically produces a steady stream of pure chlorine to help keep your pool water clean, clear, and free of bacteria and other contaminants. After the chlorine has disinfected your pool, it reverts back into salt and the cycle repeats. What could be easier? Install from $1,600 depending on current equipment condition.

  • Easy operation: Choose from one of five sanitizing levels, push the button and you’re done.
  • Longer Cell Life: Automatic reverse cycling helps prevent scale buildup.
  • Automation Ready: Because the salt cells produce chlorine as needed, the pools require far less maintenance when compared to traditional chlorinated swimming pools.
  • Convenience: No need to buy, transport and store expensive chlorine compounds.
  • Single-day install: No fuss. No muss.
  • No Odor: Eliminates that harsh chlorine smell.
  • Affordable: For residential and commercial swimming pools.
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salt water pool

Variable Speed Pool Filter Pumps

Solarponics features and installs Pentair IntelliFlo Variable Speed Pool Filter Pumps. Most swimming pool filter pumps that are more than 10 years old are single speed pumps. These pumps typically have a very high RPM speed and are not that energy efficient. The Intelliflow is a variable speed pump, meaning it has a higher ramp up speed, then powers down to maintain a consistent water flow, which saves energy and money.

pentair-logoWhen Pentair®first introduced IntelliFlo Variable Speed technology, it set off a marketplace revolution with its energy efficiency, near-silent operation and long service life.

The IntelliFlo Variable Speed Pump further refines the field-proven advancements that have led IntelliFlo pumps to outsell all other variable speed brands combined. Check out these advantages and you’ll quickly see why:

  • ENERGY STAR®Certified: meets strict energy efficiency criteria set by the U.S. EPA and US DOE.
  • Energy savings up to 90% versus traditional pumps*
  • Eight programmable speed settings and built-in timer to ensure the pump runs at optimum speed and duration.
  • Ultra-efficient permanent magnet motor design reduces noise and vibration for greater efficiency and longer pump life.
  • Dramatically quieter operation – as low as 45 decibels – about 4 times quieter than most traditional-style pumps.**
  • Totally enclosed fan-cooled (TEFC) design and low average operating speed makes IntelliFlo the quietest pump on earth.
  • Fully compatible with IntelliTouch®, EasyTouch®, SunTouch®Pool Control Systems and other brands of digital pool/spa controls for managing pump, heating, lighting, spa jets and water features.
  • Built in diagnostics protect the pump for longer service life.

*Savings based on variable speed pool filter pump compared to a single-speed pump running 12 hours per day at an average of $0.16 per kWh in a 20,000 gallon pool. Actual savings may vary based on local utility rates, pool size, pump run time, pump horsepower, pump rpm, plumbing size and length, pump model, service factor and other hydraulic factors.

** Compared to noise level of typical 1.5 hp single-speed pump.

Local Solar Company Advantage

Greater Savings

We have long-term relationships with distributors, which means better equipment, which means greater savings. We’re owner/partners in Amicus, the nations largest solar co-op, giving us access to the best pricing. We have a dedicated service department, which means fast response time and better service.

Experienced

With 45 years in the solar business and over 5,200 solar installs, you can rest assured you’re in good hands. From initial proposal, to design, permitting, we’ve got you covered, making the process fast and easy. Many of our employees have been with us over 10 years. That’s longer than most solar companies have been in business.

Trusted

We were born in San Luis Obispo and raised in Atascadero. You call a local number, not an 800 number, which means personal attention and fast service. We have great relationships with builders, inspectors, vendors, and manufacturers because we’ve earned their trust during our 45 years of doing the right thing.

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Testimonials

“We did look into leasing and renting solar and had heard quite a few horror stories. So we then decided that buying the system outright from Solarponics was the best thing.”

“The number one thing I can say about Solarponics is, from day one, every single person that I worked with, literally every single person…so nice, so efficient, so easy to work with. I can’t say enough about each and every person.”

Danielle

Atascadero, CA

Solar Energy Incentives & Rebates

We identify and help you take advantage of any incentive and/or rebate that is available. Solarponics also occasionally has internal solar energy incentives and rebates. Your energy analyst will always present you with the best possible current incentive that you are eligible for to save you the most money.

SOLAR ELECTRIC: 30% INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT (ITC)

Valid through 12-31-2032

In a stunning reversal of policy, the federal government extended the solar tax credit for two years, as part of the COVID 19 Relief bill.

The Solar Energy Investment Tax Credit is a dollar-for-dollar federal tax credit for solar energy system install on residential or commercial properties that is available through Dec. 31, 2032.The Federal Investment Tax Credit for solar energy will remain at 30% for all solar installs that become operational on or before  01-01-2032.

Call or click today for your free solar quote.

(805) 466-5595.

For more details, click here. www.seia.org

* Not all homeowners have the tax appetite to take full advantage of the federal investment tax credit. Please consult your tax professional.

UP TO $2,400 EV CHARGER INSTALL REBATE

Central Coast Community Energy (3C Energy) customers are eligible for up to a $2,400 rebate on a Level 2 EV charger installation. Final out of pocket costs are about $250 for the homeowner. Valid thru 09-30-2022  GET A QUOTE.

COMMERCIAL REBATES ARE GREATER. email todd@solarponics.comfor commercial sales.

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UP TO $5,800 ON A HEAT PUMP WATER HEATER

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$3,100 REBATE WHEN REPLACING A NATURAL GAS OR PROPANE WATER HEATER. GET A FREE QUOTE.

A heat pump water heater with a solar PV system is a great energy saving, money saving combination. Great for a homeowner who is currently on natural gas, propane, or has an Solarponics heat pump water heaterolder electric water heater.

Get up to a $3,100 rebate when replacing an existing natural gas or propane water heater. CLICK HERE for a free quote.

Get up to $1,000 rebate when replacing an existing electric water heater with an energy efficient heat pump water heater.

  • Reduce your water-heating bill by up to 80%.
  • Prevent up to 4,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
  • Cut propane costs by up to $1,000/year for a family of four.
  • When installed with a solar electric system, your water heating energy costs are zero.
  • Same footprint as traditional water heater.
  • Lasts twice as long as traditional tank heaters.

[†] Ask your tax advisor about possible federal tax credits.

 

UP TO $4,500 SOLAR THERMAL WATER HEATING SYSTEM REBATE

Receive a $3500 to $4500 rebate on ENERGY STAR® Certified Solar Thermal Systems with a gas water heater backup. In addition, a brand new installation of an ENERGY STAR® Certified Water Heater in conjunction with the Solar installation is required. Limit one per household.

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Valid thru 12-2022

$1,720 SGIP LOW INCOME + TIER 2 or 3 BATTERY REBATE

All new applications go on a wait list.

Tesla Powerwall 2

Tesla Powerwall 2

Qualifying homes that are in a tier 1 or tier 2 fire zone, who install battery storage with solar are eligible for a state rebate of up to $1,720 per battery, in addition to the 26% federal tax credit (when installed with solar electric). Example: Tesla Powerwall costs about $18,995 to purchase the equipment and install. Rebates and tax credits reduce the final out of pocket cost to around $14,000, saving almost $6,000. Battery storage rebates are administered by the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP). Rebates are tiered, and decline as available funding for the program is depleted.  Click here to request a free quote

Consult your tax professional regarding rebates and tax credits.

 

EMPLOYER PARTNERS DISCOUNT PROGRAM - VALID THRU 12-31-24

Solarponics offers discount group pricing to select businesses and their employees.

Call Solarponics and ask if your business is listed on our Employer Partners Discount Program. In many cases, if one or more employee(s) who work at a Partner company install solar, all employee receives a discount of about $400 average per system install (depending on system size). This discount is in addition to any state and federal rebate or tax incentive.

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Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Your solar energy analyst will present you with the discount, incentive or rebate that will save you the most money, maximizing your investment. Expires 12-31-2023.

FREE SOLAR POOL HEATING PANEL WITH INSTALL - EXPIRED

Receive one FREE Panel with purchase of your Heliocol Solar Pool Heating System. The best just got better. Heliocol panels allow you to start your summer early and end your summer late. The Summer Savings offer is good for a limited time only, however, the extended swim season is available anytime.

System must be at least 300 square feet. Only available on Heliocol systems purchased between July 1 – August 31, 2018 and installed by September 30, 2018. Your Solarponics energy analyst will fill out and submit all necessary paperwork for your summer incentive FREE Heliocol panel.
Call your Solarponics energy analyst for a free quote. (805) 466-5595, or email samantha@solarponics.com.

Plant-A-Tree Effort

For every energy system we install, Solarponics is planting a tree on our customer's behalf. We have chosen to work thru Arbor Day Foundation for this effort. Our goal is to plant 1,000 trees. When we say "plant", we mean we donate the funds to cover the cost to plant one tree. Arbor Day does the actual planting. We hit 600 trees on Oct 30, 2021. It's a small effort to start, but one that will grow.

We must do something before it’s too late

Humankind is facing a crisis: our ability to survive and thrive is at risk. Air and water pollution is rampant. Weather patterns are shifting at an alarming rate. Poverty is widespread. The entire globe is battling poor health for a number of reasons. And society as a whole is becoming more and more fractured.

is committed to addressing these problems through the installation of renewable energy, including solar PV, wind energy, solar water heating, and energy storage.
Our vision?
For every building and residence on the Central Coast to have a net-zero energy resource and consumption footprint.

is committed to addressing these problems… through trees. Trees are an important part of the solution to many critical issues facing the planet and humankind. Their goal? plant 100 million trees around the globe by 2022.

FACT

An average 7kW solar energy system reduces 9,606 lbs of CO2 each year, the equivalent of planting 125 trees. One rooftop solar energy system really does lead to a significant environmental improvement.

Plant-A-Tree Effort

For every energy system we install, Solarponics is planting a tree on our customer’s behalf. We have chosen to work thru Arbor Day Foundation for this effort. Our goal is to plant 1,000 trees. When we say “plant”, we mean we donate the funds to cover the cost to plant one tree. Arbor Day does the actual planting. We hit 600 trees on Oct 30, 2021. It’s a small effort to start, but one that will grow.

We must do something before it’s too late

Humankind is facing a crisis: our ability to survive and thrive is at risk. Air and water pollution is rampant. Weather patterns are shifting at an alarming rate. Poverty is widespread. The entire globe is battling poor health for a number of reasons. And society as a whole is becoming more and more fractured.

is committed to addressing these problems through the installation of renewable energy, including solar PV, wind energy, solar water heating, and energy storage.
Our vision?
For every building and residence on the Central Coast to have a net-zero energy resource and consumption footprint.

is committed to addressing these problems… through trees. Trees are an important part of the solution to many critical issues facing the planet and humankind. Their goal? plant 100 million trees around the globe by 2022.

FACT

An average 7kW solar energy system reduces 9,606 lbs of CO2 each year, the equivalent of planting 125 trees. One rooftop solar energy system really does lead to a significant environmental improvement.

Jokes from a solar energy nerd...

“Why did the man eat the light bulb? He was hoping it would give him a bright idea.”

Jokes from a solar energy nerd...

“Where do electricians get their supplies? The Ohm Depot.”

Jokes from a solar energy nerd...

“I can’t afford to pay for electricity anymore; these are some dark times.”

Jokes from a solar energy nerd...

“Why did the light bulb fail his math quiz? He wasn’t too bright.”

Jokes from a solar energy nerd...

“Why did the lights go out? Because they liked each other!